Peavy wins 1st, Giants beat D-Backs for 5th straight win
PHOENIX (AP) To say the San Francisco Giants like playing in Arizona is an understatement.
Their 8-4 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night assured them their 10th straight series victory in the desert. The Giants haven't won this many series in a row on the road since they took 13 straight against the Boston Beaneaters/Doves from 1903 to 1907.
''I don't have a way to explain it,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, ''but I do know our guys seem to like hitting here.''
Jake Peavy got his first win of the season and Buster Posey had three hits, driving in four runs in the Giants' fifth straight win.
''I like hitting here,'' Posey said. ''It's similar to Colorado in the sense that it's a really big outfield, and the ball travels well.''
The Diamondbacks, two games into a 10-game homestand, have lost five straight - three before the All-Star break and two after - since climbing to .500.
''We are not playing crisp baseball,'' manager Chip Hale said.
Peavy (1-4), making his fifth start of the season and third after missing all of May and June with a back strain, allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in his first win since last September.
''It's nice to get that behind you,'' he said. ''I thought I pitched well the two starts behind this one. The first two (starts before going on the DL), they don't exist in my mind but these last three outings are something to build on.''
Peavy twice got the NL's batting average and RBI leader Paul Goldschmidt out with runners in scoring position, once on a bouncer to the pitcher and once on a strikeout.
Peavy also started San Francisco's four-run third inning with a single, rounding the base wide and having to scramble to get back to first with his first hit in two seasons.
''You normally don't see me laugh much during a game, but that was entertaining,'' Bochy said. ''I enjoyed watching the old man change his mind and scurrying back. He looked like a cat the way he was clawing the dirt, but he found a way to get back.''
Andrew Susak left after he injured his right thumb sliding into third on his triple leading off the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and it was diagnosed as a sprain. An MRI was scheduled Sunday to determine if there was any ligament damage.
Bochy estimated Susak would be out a week to 10 days and he said the team could bring up Hector Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento to give the team a second catcher behind Posey, who had to return to the position after catching more than 200 pitches in Friday night's 6-5 12-inning win.
The Diamondbacks' Chase Anderson (4-4) had his shortest outing of the season. In 3 2/3 innings, he allowed seven runs on 10 hits, nine of them singles.
''This point of the season, in the last three or four outings it has been some kind of slump,'' he said. ''I don't know if it is mentally or physically but obviously I am trying to fix it because I don't want to prolong it. ''
Singles accounted for 13 of San Francisco's 14 hits.
''Tonight's kind of who we are,'' Bochy said. ''We're not a power-hitting club but we're a team that needs to execute and get on base and find a way to get 'em in.''
Sergio Romo pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his first save of the season.
Matt Duffy had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Giants. Brandon Crawford had a two-run single in San Francisco's four-run third inning.
David Peralta homered and hit his third triple in the last two nights for Arizona. Cliff Pennington, whose throwing error allowed the winning run to score Friday night, hit his first home run of the season and second career pinch-hit homer.
Pennington, the last batter Peavy faced, hit a solo home run to cut the lead to 7-4 in the seventh. Posey's RBI single off Enrique Burgos boosted the lead to 8-4 in the eighth.
Giants: Bochy said a CT scan showed Nori Aoki's fractured right fibula is 80 percent healed and he expects the outfielder to be able to begin baseball activity in about two weeks.
Giants: San Francisco sends ace Madison Bumgarner (9-5, 3.33 ERA) to the mound with the Giants seeking a sweep of the three-game series and their sixth straight win overall.
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1, 5.40) makes his third start since coming back from Tommy John surgery.