ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Diamondbacks escape bases loaded jam in 8th to beat Giants

Jul 11, 2022, 10:54 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker (53) celebrates with David Peralta (6) after both scored aga...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker (53) celebrates with David Peralta (6) after both scored against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Monday, July 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the past three weeks Ketel Marte’s tender left hamstring has limited him to designated hitter for the Diamondbacks, but his hustle to beat out a throw wound up keying a rally in Arizona’s 4-3 win against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

Marte edged out a throw to first in the third inning on an attempted double play to get things going, and Daulton Varsho hit a two-run single four batters later.

David Peralta and Sergio Alcántara also singled in runs as Arizona did just enough to back Merrill Kelly (8-5) in his second consecutive win.

Kelly pitched into the eighth but gave up a leadoff walk to LaMonte Wade Jr. All-Star reliever Joe Mantiply allowed pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s infield single, an RBI double to Wilmer Flores and pinch-hitter Austin Slater’s RBI groundout.

Mantiply was done after a one-out walk to Luis González. Noé Ramirez entered and walked David Villar to load the bases before inducing Brandon Crawford’s inning-ending double play — the Giants challenged the out calls at first and second and both were confirmed.

Mark Melancon closed it out against his former club for his 12th save.

Kelly dueled with fellow right-hander Alex Cobb (3-4) again after the two also matched up last Wednesday in the desert. Cobb, facing Arizona at home for the first time, saw his winless stretch reach seven starts since he won at Colorado on May 17.

The scuffling Giants lost their fifth straight at Oracle Park. San Francisco is in the midst of 17 games in a row and started a seven-game homestand that takes the club into the All-Star break.

FIRST TRIP TO BAY

In a strange scheduling twist this lockout-delayed season, this marks the Diamondbacks’ first Bay Area visit of the year — yes, in almost mid-July.

“We saw them for the first time last week. It’s July and we haven’t seen a team in our division,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

The Giants were 9-0 in the series at home last year.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Ian Kennedy threw a bullpen Saturday and used all his pitches as he tests his inflamed right calf. He reported no pain and is on schedule to return after the All-Star break. “He’s feeling very, very good. Everything’s where it’s supposed to be,” Lovullo said. “We’re targeting sometime after the break.” … RHP J.B. Bukauskas, on the 60-day injured list with a strained pitching shoulder, threw 11 pitches in one inning Saturday with Triple-A Reno and continues to make good progress.

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LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-6, 7.63 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series Tuesday night and seeks his first career win against the Giants after going 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA over three outings. San Francisco counters with RHP Logan Webb (7-3, 2.98).

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