Offense pops in 5th inning and Kelly stops Giants again in D-backs win

Sep 24, 2022, 9:21 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gives a fist bump to Daulton Varsho after their 5-2 win ...

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo gives a fist bump to Daulton Varsho after their 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at the end of a baseball game, Saturday Sept. 24, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

PHOENIX — Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly kept up his mastery of the San Francisco Giants this season, pitching the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 win Saturday night.

The loss ended the Giants’ five-game winning streak.

Kelly (13-7) went seven innings and permitted just four hits and two runs to drop his season ERA to 3.13. He struck out six and walked one.

He is 3-0 against the Giants this season with a 1.53 ERA in five starts. It’s possible he could pitch against them again next weekend when the teams meet in San Francisco.

Reyes Moronta pitched the ninth for his second save. He struck out two.

The Giants broke their scoring drought against Kelly in the fourth on Brian Vosler’s two-out RBI single, but the Diamondbacks answered with five in their half of the inning.

Pavin Smith led off with Arizona’s first hit against Alex Cobb (6-7). Daulton Varsho and Christian Walker followed with singles to tie it.

An out later, Josh Rojas walked to load the bases. Alek Thomas hit a bouncer to first, but Wilmer Flores failed to step on the bag for an out and his throw home was too late to get the sliding Varsho to give the Diamondbacks the lead.

Carson Kelly then hit a sacrifice fly to center and when Austin Slater’s throw home was high and up the line, the trailing runners moved up — as Cobb yelled at catcher Joey Bart to throw to second because Thomas hesitated before advancing. Geraldo Perdomo hit Cobb’s next pitch for a two-run single that made it 5-1.

Cobb lasted five innings, allowing five hits and five earned runs. He walked two and struck out three.


The Giants have not announced a starter and RHP Drey Jameson makes his third major league start for the Diamondbacks, who play their final home game of the season on Sunday. Jameson threw seven shutout innings against San Diego in his major-league debut on Sept. 15 and got the win against the Dodgers in the second game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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