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Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly has rough outing in loss to Giants

Sep 30, 2022, 10:44 PM
Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off...
Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run off of Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Oracle Park on September 30, 2022 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria homered twice and drove in five runs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Friday night for their 10th win in 11 games.

Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Wynns also went deep as San Francisco Giants (79-78) moved above .500 for the first time since Aug. 17.

The Giants also kept their slim wild-card hopes going with five games remaining, though a loss or a win by Philadelphia will eliminate them.

San Francisco is trying to become the third team in major league history to finish at or above .500 after being eight games under with 16 or fewer games to play. The last team to accomplish that was the 1925 Cardinals.

Merrill Kelly (13-8), who came in 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA against the Giants this season, served up three homers and was tagged for eight runs in 4.2 innings.

Longoria, who has missed a combined 54 games over three stints on the injured list, hit a three-run drive in a four-run first. The next inning, he delivered a two-run homer to center. Twice this season, he’s homered in both the first and second innings of a game.

Before Longoria’s homer in the second, Joc Pederson took a wild ride around the bases, leading off the inning with a triple that ricocheted off the right- field wall and bounced back toward the infield. He came home to score on the play when Josh Rojas throw from the outfield skipped past the cutoff man.

Alex Cobb (7-7) picked up the victory with five innings of four-run ball.

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RHP Drey Jameson (2-0, 0.98) goes Saturday for Arizona in his fourth career start. He’s allowed just two runs over 18.1 innings in his first three outings. The Giants have yet to announce their starter.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

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San Francisco Giants' Alex Cobb pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Arizona Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria (10) celebrates with Brandon Crawford (35) after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria watches his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas, right, celebrates with Corbin Carroll after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Mike Yastrzemski hits an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson (23) celebrates with Brandon Crawford after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks on a double by Mike Yastrzemski during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Joc Pederson, who had hit a triple, reacts after scoring on a throwing error by Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Josh Rojas during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Mike Yastrzemski (5) celebrates with Evan Longoria after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy (30) steals second as San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada waits for the throw from catcher Austin Wynns during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly, right, is pulled from the baseball game against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Austin Wynns (14) celebrates with third base coach Mark Hallberg (91) after hitting a solo home run against Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Sean Poppen during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Mike Yastrzemski (5) reacts after being called out on strikes by umpire CB Bucknor during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Corbin Carroll (7) watches a solo home run by San Francisco Giants' Austin Wynns during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants' Austin Wynns, left, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Sean Poppen, foreground, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Yunior Marte, rear, hugs catcher Austin Wynns after the team's 10-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez) 
              San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria (10) celebrates with Mike Yastrzemski (5) after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

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