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Giants vs. Diamondbacks, MLB Scores: Buster Posey Homers Giants Past D'backs 5-3

It was a balmy night at Chase Field as the San Francisco Giants looked to extend their winning streak to four, but the Arizona Diamondbacks were not going to hand it over without a fight. Both teams traded blows all night, including a 2 run blast from Buster Posey as the Giants edged the D’Backs by a score of 5-3.

Barry Zito started the game tonight looking for his first win of the season, but left in the second inning trying not to miss his next start. Zito slid for a popped up bunt by Joe Saunders causing a mid-foot sprain on his right foot. X-Rays were negative, but Zito has never missed a start due to injury in his 11 year career. That may be in jeopardy now. Zito lasted for 1 2/3 with 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and no strikeouts.

Guillermo Mota made the longest appearance in his career this evening, going for 4 1/3 innings, with 3 hits, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect 1 1/3 with a strikeout, Serigo Romo went for 2/3 scoreless, while Brian Wilson got his fourth save in 5 chances with a 1-2-3 9th.

Buster’s first inning long ball was coupled by the bat of Freddy Sanchez, who went 2-5 with a RBI double in the sixth and a 2 RBI single in the 7th. Aaron Rowand was 3-4 with a walk, Pat Burrell was 2-3, as was Mark DeRosa. The Giants had 13 total hits, but also hit into a remarkable 5 double plays. With that many hits it should have been a beat down, but hey, a win is a win.

Full box score can be found here.

With the win it moves the Giants to 8-6 on the season who have now won 9 of their last 9 games at Chase Field. San Francisco will finish their series in Arizona tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 1:10 PT. Madison Bumgarner (0-2 9.00 ERA) will be on the mound to face Barry Enright (0-1 6.00 ERA) for the D’Backs. Coverage can be found on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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