Giants Vs. D'Backs: G-Men Fall 6-2 In Series Finale

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Giants Minor League C Leonardo Rojas Suspended 50 Games

San Francisco minor leaguer Leonardo Rojas has been suspended for 50 games after "testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone," MLB announced in a press release on Thursday. The suspension will become effective at the start of next baseball season.

Rojas will not receive pay during the suspension.

The catcher is currently playing with the Arizona League Giants in the rookie league. The 22-year-old currently has a .250 batting average and nine RBI with the minor league squad. Rojas was enjoying a productive month in August, batting a .313 average compared to his .217 average in July.

Rojas was selected by San Francisco in the 15th round and 478th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft.

The league also suspended St. Louis Cardinals minor league player Alan Ahmady on Thursday.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs, Final Score: G-Men Fal 6-2 In Series Finale

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Trevor Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Wednesday and the Arizona Diamondbacks topped the San Francisco Giants, 6-2, in the finale of a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Cahill (10-11) was charged with two runs on two hits and a pair of walks with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to earn his first win since July 30.

"Your adrenaline starts getting up and I was trying to maybe do too much at the end and just kind of got a little bit tired," Cahill said, referring to his early success.

Chris Johnson clubbed a two-run double, while Aaron Hill, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and John McDonald all knocked in a run for the Diamondbacks, who have won back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game slide.

Brandon Belt smoked a two-run single for the Giants, who have lost two straight after winning three in a row. Madison Bumgarner (14-10) was saddled with his third straight loss after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.

The Diamondbacks jumped out front with a run in their first at-bat when Adam Eaton singled to begin the game and came around to cross the plate later in the inning via a base hit by Montero.

Johnson smoked a triple into the right-center field gap with one out in the fourth and scored on a single by McDonald to stretch the lead to 2-0.

The D-backs broke the game open with four runs in the seventh. Eaton started the rally with a one-out infield single and scored when Hill ripped a double into the left-center field gap. Goldschmidt drove home Hill two batters later with a base hit and Johnson capped the inning with a two-run double down the right field line, making it a 6-0 game.

San Francisco finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the home seventh. Scutaro ended Cahill's no-hit bid with a single into right leading off the inning. Buster Posey beat out an infield hit and Hunter Pence walked to load the bases.

Cahill was removed for Mike Zagurski, who allowed a two-run single to Belt, pulling the Giants within 6-2.

Facing Matt Lindstrom, Scutaro slapped his second hit of the night into center field leading off the ninth inning, but Lindstrom fanned Pablo Sandoval, Posey and Pence to secure the win.

"The game wasn't very pretty for us tonight," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Their guy pitched pretty well. The two-out hits killed us."

Game Notes

San Francisco fell to 7-7 in rubber games this season, and have lost six of their last eight such contests ... The Giants have allowed 13-or-more hits in three consecutive games for the first time since the 2009 season ... San Francisco fell to 38-30 at home, and have lost 14 of their last 21 contests at AT&T ... San Francisco begins a three-game set against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Arizona will begin a three-game set in San Diego on Friday.

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Giants Vs. Dbacks, Starting Lineups: Xavier Nady Starting In Left Field

The San Francisco Giants finish their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, looking to close out with another series victory on the shores of McCovey Cove.

The Giants will have essentially the same lineup that they used on Tuesday, with the lone change coming in the form of Xavier Nady getting the start in left field and batting seventh. The Diamondbacks will give Jason Kubel a day off, starting Gerardo Parra in left field instead, batting seventh as well.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Marco Scutaro 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey C
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Brandon Belt 1B
  7. Xavier Nady LF
  8. Brandon Crawford SS
  9. Madison Bumgarner P
  1. Adam Eaton CF
  2. Aaron Hill 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  5. Miguel Montero C
  6. Chris Johnson 3B
  7. Gerardo Parra LF
  8. John McDonald SS
  9. Trevor Cahill P

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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MLB Standings: Giants, A's Poised For Stretch Run

With less than a month remaining in the 2012 MLB season, the standings show both Bay Area teams with a shot at the postseason. The San Francisco Giants are atop the NL West, while the Oakland Athletics control their own destiny for the AL Wild Card.

The Giants open Wednesday with a 4.5-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers. They have built their lead over the last 10 contests, separating themselves from L.A. by two more games over that span.

Oakland is tied for the Wild Card lead in the AL, but it has its eye on the division-leading Rangers. The A's are four games back of Texas with 27 left to play. Winning the division title would allow the Athletics to avoid a one-game playoff and give them home-field advantage in the Division Series.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs: Madison Bumgarner, G-Men Eye Series Win

The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks have split a pair of extra inning victories, but turn to a pair of dominant arms to earn a series win on Wednesday at AT&T Park.

Madison Bumgarner (14-9, 3.07 ERA) gave up five runs in four innings during Friday's 6-4 loss to the Cubs, his shortest outing since his season opener against Arizona. Bumgarner has been very solid at home though, posting a 8-2 record with a 2.15 ERA, the NL's second-best home ERA.

Arizona will counter with former Oakland A's starter Trevor Cahill (9-11, 4.02) who allowed three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-3 win against the Dodgers in his last start. Cahill has struggled against San Francisco this year, recording a 0-2 record and 6.17 ERA, though he was 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his previous four starts against them. Cahill has now gone a season-high six consecutive starts without a win.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. D-Backs, Final Score: San Francisco Falls In Extras 8-6

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Jason Kubel smacked the go-ahead RBI triple in the top of the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks topped the San Francisco Giants, 8-6, in the middle test of a three-game series at AT&T Park.

Facing George Kontos (1-1), Aaron Hill singled to begin the inning. After Justin Upton flied out, Javier Lopez was summoned from the Giants bullpen, but surrendered a rocket line drive to Kubel that went off the glove of right fielder Hunter Pence and rolled to the wall, which allowed Hill to score.

Paul Goldschmidt was intentionally walked and Miguel Montero gave Arizona an insurance run with an RBI single to account for the final margin.

Josh Collmenter (4-3) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

"They got two guys on in the last inning there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "Typical Colly (Collmenter), just got great composure, he has ice in his veins ... it's just a good win for us."

Hill smoked a two-run home run while John McDonald ripped a two-run single for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a three-game skid. Goldschmidt and starter Ian Kennedy also drove in runs in the win.

Brandon Belt crushed a two-run homer, Pablo Sandoval drove in a pair, while Marco Scutaro and Pence knocked in runs for the Giants, who had their three- game winning streak snapped.

San Francisco struck first in its first at-bat courtesy of an RBI groundout by Sandoval, but the Diamondbacks tied it in the second inning when Kennedy knocked home Ryan Wheeler with a base hit into right.

Arizona put up three runs in the third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Hill got things started with a single and Upton followed with a base knock. After Kubel fanned, Goldschmidt ripped a double down into the right-field corner to score Hill. Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out and McDonald came up with a clutch two-run single two batters later to widen the advantage.

Scutaro brought the Giants within 4-2 in the third when he smoked an RBI double into the left-center field gap, but again the D'backs widended their lead in the fourth.

Adam Eaton ripped a one-out double into left field for his first major-league hit, and trotted the rest of the way around the diamond after Hill waited on a change-up and smashed it over the wall in left-center field for a 6-2 lead.

San Francisco made it a one-run game in the sixth. Sandoval started the frame with a double down the line in left field and scored on a double by Pence. Belt followed and yanked a fastball from Kennedy deep into McCovey Cove for a 6-5 contest.

Angel Pagan began the San Francisco seventh with a double and came around to score on a clutch base hit into left field by Sandoval, tying the game at 6-6.

"We got down and they came back, couldn't quite finish the deal," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Game Notes

The Giants used 11 pitchers ... Prior to Tuesday's game, the Diamondbacks recalled outfielder Eaton from Triple-A Reno and transferred catcher Henry Blanco to the 60-day disabled list ... Arizona improved to 2-5 in its last seven against the Giants ... Prior to the game, the Giants recalled pitchers Dan Otero and Dan Runzler from Triple-A Fresno ... San Francisco went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base ... Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong allowed six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, while Kennedy gave up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

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Giants Vs. Diamondbacks: Ryan Vogelsong, Ian Kennedy Square Off

The San Francisco Giants have had to come from behind in four of their last six victories to get the job done, and hope that a solid start from Ryan Vogelsong can earn them another W on Tuesday.

Vogelsong (12-7, 3.02 ERA) allowed four runs in six innings of work in his last start, still earning himself the W as part of a 8-4 win over Houston. He gave up just one run in six innings of his only meeting with Arizona this year, eventually taking a no decision.

Arizona will counter with Ian Kennedy (12-11, 4.27), who has won the last five starts against the Giants, owning a 1.58 ERA in his last seven outings against them. He is also 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his past four outings in China Basin.

One man who could shut down Kennedy is Buster Posey, who is 8-20 lifetime against him and is batting .429 with five RBIs during a recent five-game hitting streak.

First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. D-backs, Final Score: San Francisco Rallies Late For 9-8 Victory

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - After finishing 19 straight save opportunities, J.J. Putz blew his second straight on Monday, and the San Francisco Giants went on to win the opener of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-8.

Marco Scutaro had three hits, including a game-winning single on a 2-2 cutter down the third-base line in the 10th inning against Bryan Shaw (1-5).

"He's one of those guys that comes to play every day," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Scutaro. "He knows how to play the game and I think he's made players around him better."

Sergio Romo (4-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning to keep the game tied and earned the win.

The Diamondbacks erased a four-run deficit with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning. But the Giants rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and Putz blew his second save in as many days in the ninth to send Arizona to its ninth loss in its last 11 games.

The Diamondbacks are now 11 1/2 games behind the Giants in the NL West.

The Giants rallied in the eighth inning with two outs to close within a run. Hector Sanchez and Brandon Crawford delivered back-to-back doubles and pinch- hitter Brandon Belt plated Crawford with a base hit to make the score 8-7.

San Francisco tied the game in the ninth after Scutaro whacked a leadoff double off the base of the left-field fence. Scutaro advanced to third when Pablo Sandoval grounded out and scored when Buster Posey ripped a double down the third-base line.

Brandon Crawford legged out an infield single to start the 10th inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and third on a ground out before Scutaro ripped a single down the third-base line to win the game.

San Francisco built an early four-run lead against Patrick Corbin in the first after Scutaro and Sandoval delivered one-out singles. Posey crushed a double off the base of the right-field wall to score Scutaro and Hunter Pence whacked a triple into the right-field gap to score two more. Hector Sanchez capped the rally with a base hit to score Pence.

Corbin recovered to hold the Giants to four runs on seven hits in five innings while striking out six.

Arizona started its comeback in the fifth when Miguel Montero singled and Chris Johnson hammered a 1-2 cutter into the left-field seats to cut San Francisco's lead to 4-2.

The Diamondbacks chased Barry Zito from the game when Justin Upton and Jason Kubel singled to start the sixth inning.

Zito gave up four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts in five-plus innings.

Paul Goldschmidt greeted Guillermo Mota with a ground-rule double to bring Arizona within a run. After Montero struck out, Johnson lofted a long fly ball to left field to score Kubel, move Goldschmidt to third and tie the game.

After Cody Ransom worked a walk to put runners on the corners, Arizona began building a lead. Willie Bloomquist grounded a single through the left side to plate Goldschmidt. Chris Young and Aaron Hill followed with two more singles to expand Arizona's lead to three.

Sandoval rolled a single to right field to score Angel Pagan, who reached on a fielder's choice in the seventh, but the Diamondbacks quickly responded with a run in the eighth when Upton singled home Ryan Wheeler to make the score 8-5.

"We were in the hole early and we just kept fighting back and we got a pretty good lead and we just kept fighting towards the end," said Kubel. "It really does (stink) that we lost but we kept going."

Game Notes

San Francisco is a season-best 19 games over .500, the high point for the Giants since being 23 games over at the end of the 2010 season ... The Giants have won 13 of their last 17 games and 21 of their last 30 ... The Giants are 30-14 when facing an opposing left-handed pitcher ... The Giants have won 25 of their last 34 games against Arizona at AT&T Park ... The Giants have won Zito's last six starts ... Arizona went 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight ... San Francisco went 9-for-15 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.

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Giants Vs. D'Backs: Barry Zito, Patrick Corbin Face Off In Game 1

The San Francisco Giants return to AT&T Park after a successful road trip to take on the ir NL West rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Barry Zito (10-8, 4.42) will take the bump, looking to turn it around after his last outing. He allowed three runs and seven hits in a season-low 2.1 innings on Wednesday. The Giants still won that game, and the last five of Zito's starts.

The Diamondbacks will counter with Patrick Corbin (5-6, 3.93 ERA), who is 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA over his last five starts. He allowed three runs in 6.2 innings against the Reds in his last outing, striking out eight along the way.

San Francisco still maintains a 4.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West, and a 10.5 game lead over the third place D-backs.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

Your San Francisco Giants:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Marco Scutaro 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval 3B
  4. Buster Posey 1B
  5. Hunter Pence RF
  6. Xavier Nady LF
  7. Hector Sanchez C
  8. Brandon Crawford SS
  9. Barry Zito P

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