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Giants vs. Diamondbacks: Buster Posey with 100 RBIs, Matt Cain earns win in 6-0 victory

The San Francisco Giants rebounded behind Matt Cain to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0.

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Giants defeat Arizona in home finale

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-3, on Thursday behind a six-run second inning in their final home game of the year. Hector Sanchez, second baseman Marco Scutaro and right fielder Hunter Pence each had two RBI on the day.

Arizona pitcher Patrick Corbin got the start and found himself getting knocked around in the second inning. After San Francisco's Buster Posey led off the inning with a single, Pence took Corbin deep to score two. The Giants singled again, and a Sanchez double scored another run, putting San Francisco ahead 3-0. Pitcher Barry Zito added another single to push Sanchez to third, and a passed ball scored Sanchez and advanced Zito to second before Scutaro homered to clear the bases.

Zito went six innings and got the win, giving up three runs off six hits. He had three strikeouts.

Corbin took the loss and was pulled after the third inning, ending the day with the Giants nabbing seven hits and six earned runs off him as Arizona trailed 6-0. Diamondbacks pitcher Bryan Shaw went two innings and gave up a hit, and Arizona used three more pitchers to finish the game.

Arizona would score two runs in the fourth inning to put a little pressure on the Giants. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with two outs, and a Chris Young single plated two runners. In the top of the sixth, Arizona's Cody Ransom hit a two-out double and Jacob Elmore followed it up with a ground-rule double to score another run for the Diamondbacks, cutting their deficit to 6-3.

But Sanchez knocked a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning to pad the lead by four runs.

With the division locked up, Bruce Bochy's team has a three-game series with the San Diego Padres and another against the Los Angeles Dodgers remaining on the schedule.

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Giants' Buster Posey humbled by 100 RBIs

The San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey knows the 100-RBI milestone is difficult to reach, especially for a catcher.

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Giants look to snag series win in Arizona

The San Francisco Giants will look to snag a series win in their final meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks as the two teams square off on Thursday afternoon at Chase Field.

San Francisco is coming off an impressive 6-0 win in game two of the three-game set on Wednesday night. Ace Matt Cain threw seven innings of shutout ball while helping his own cause by driving in a run, and Buster Posey continued to make a case for himself as a potential NL MVP candidate by notching his 100th RBI of the year.

Thursday afternoon, the Giants will send left-hander Barry Zito to the mound. Zito (13-8, 4.18), has been surprisingly solid of late, posting a 3-0 record and 3.46 ERA in his last five starts.

Arizona will counter with rookie southpaw Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.36). The 23-year-old has been spotty in his last five starts with a 1-2 record and a 5.46 ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. PT at Chase Field. The game will be televised on CSN-Bay Area and the radio broadcast can be heard on 680 KNBR

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Matt Cain looks to extend hot streak on Wednesday

The San Francisco Giants couldn't overcome their early deficit on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but turn to Matt Cain to get back on track on Wednesday at AT&T Park.

Cain (15-5, 2.86 ERA) hasn't taken a loss in his last nine starts, allowing more than two runs only once while posting a 2.45 ERA over that span. He threw eight innings of one-run ball against Colorado in his last start, while he is 4-1 with a 2.26 ERA over his last eight starts at home against Arizona.

As for the D-backs, they'll send out Wade Miley (16-10, 3.25), who has gone 2-2 with a 5.34 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up five runs on 10 hits on Friday against Colorado, but still picked up the win by the score of 15-5. Arizona remains 5 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the last wild card spot in the NL.

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

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Melky to be left off Giants postseason roster

San Francisco is not including suspended outfielder in postseason plans, according to a report.

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Buster Posey's close to claiming the batting title

The race for the National League batting title has become a two-man sprint to the finish between Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. And with two weeks left in the season there is still time for Posey to make up ground, or for McCutchen to pull away.

McCutchen went 1-3 in the Pirates 6-2 loss to the New York Mets on Monday, pushing his batting average to .336 for the season. He is batting .248 (7-29) over the last seven days with nine games left on the Pirates schedule.

As for Posey, he got the day off on Sunday after the Giants clinched the NL West Saturday night, then had an off day Monday. He currently has a .332 average, batting .278 (5-18) over the last seven days. He and the Giants also have nine games left in the regular season, though Buster may see more off days with the division title already wrapped up.

Both men were trailing suspended Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and his .346 average until he asked the league to be removed from the running late last week.

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Giants face D-Backs for final time

The Giants' rest is over and the regulars are back in action on Tuesday as San Francisco looks to get into postseason form against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final series of the year between the divisional foes.

The NL West champions will start fresh with ace Tim Lincecum on the mound against the Diamondbacks. Lincecum has looked like his old self in the last two months, which bodes well for the Giants in the postseason as they'll lean on Lincecum at the top of the rotation. Lincecum has a 3.01 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 28 walks in 59 innings since July 31.

Lincecum will face Josh Collmenter, whose last start was July 27 against the Mets. Collmenter is 4-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 appearances this season, nine being starts.

Game Time: 7:15 p.m. PT

Television Coverage: CSN-Bay Area

Radio Coverage: KNBR 680, KTRB 860

For more on the Giants, make sure to check out McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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