At long last, SF Giants string together offensive success — and wins — against D-backs


SAN FRANCISCO — Are they back?

Brandon Crawford tripled, J.D. Davis drove home a pair and the Giants had — what’s that? come again? — a well-rounded offensive performance for a second straight game, securing at least a split of a four-game series against the Diamondbacks with a 4-2 win on Wednesday.

Widening their advantage in the standings over Arizona (57-52) to three games, the Giants (60-49) scored four runs in consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks. They improved to 51-13 when reaching that magic number, which they had failed to do 11 of their past 12 games before Tuesday’s 4-3 win.

That success has been made possible by quality pitching, which on Wednesday came from Logan Webb, who recorded his 11th consecutive quality start at home, the longest active streak in the majors.

Webb walked off the mound to a standing ovation after the seventh inning, limiting the D-backs to two runs on four hits.

After Arizona plated two in the first, Webb retired 18 of the final 20 hitters he faced and held the D-backs scoreless for his final six frames. Going to his changeup for 50 of his 105 pitches, Webb recorded strikeouts (five) or ground balls (12) for all but four of his outs.

While the Giants manufactured two runs against D-backs starter Slade Cecconi, making his major-league debut, their big breakthrough came after forcing him from the game with two outs in the fifth inning. It was the Giants’ 12th time this season facing a starting pitcher within the first 10 games of his major-league career, and for the 10th time, the rookie held the Giants to three or fewer runs.

LaMonte Wade Jr. greeted reliever Tyler Gilbert with a two-out double down the right field line, and while he was stranded on second, it was only a preview of things to come. A screaming line drive from Austin Slater barely found the glove of center fielder Alek Thomas to end the inning and went down as one of three outs recorded by Gilbert while surrendering four hits and a pair of runs that allowed the Giants to open a 4-2 lead.


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