The Arizona Diamondbacks were one game away from handing the San Francisco Giants their second series sweep in a row on Wednesday afternoon, but the Black and Orange were having none of it. Behind Ryan Vogelsong's strong outing the G-Men exploded for two 4-run innings, avoiding the sweep with an 8-1 victory at AT&T Park.
San Francisco opened it up in the third with an Pablo Sandoval RBI single that plated Andres Torres, followed directly afterward by Carlos Beltran's RBI single to center. Orlando Cabrera got his first RBI as a Giant with a groundout to short, followed by another RBI groundout by Cody Ross. They struck again in the fifth with a pair of two-RBI doubles from Orlando Cabrera and Cody Ross to make it 8-0, a far cry from the lackluster offense of the last week or so.
As a team the Giants had 12 hits as Jeff Keppinger and Pablo Sandoval both went 2-5, bumping Kep back to .300 on the season. Carlos Beltran went 3-5 with a triple, Aubrey Huff went 2-4, while Andres Torres went 1-4.
Ryan Vogelsong (W 9-1) kept the D'back in check all afternoon, holding them scoreless until a seventh inning single from pitcher Zack Duke would pull him out of the game. Vogey struck out seven while walking three in his six innings of work, keeping the D'backs to only five hits in another stellar outing in front of the home crowd for the All-Star.
On the other side of the coin, Jason Marquis' (L 8-6) debut with Arizona was one to forget after giving up seven earned runs in only four innings of work, allowing 10 hits with one walk and only one strikeout on 80 pitches.
With the win the Giants move to 62-49 on the year, one game ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. Full box score can be found here.
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