Everything seemed to click on Saturday night for the San Francisco Giants. That’s just the way things have gone as of late.
From the string of hits that created a four-run, third-inning rally to the baserunning mistakes that kept the Arizona Diamondbacks off the board, the Giants cruised to a 7-0 win in the desert and ensured a fourth consecutive series victory.
Dereck Rodriguez earned his third win by striking out five over 6 1/3 shutout innings. The few times he faced any trouble, the DBacks ran themselves out of the inning. Jake Lamb walked with two outs in the first, but got caught between third and home on David Peralta’s double.
Ketel Marte singled with one out in the second, but got thrown out by Gorkys Hernandez when he tried to stretch it into a double. Marte would have likely scored on the following play as Brandon Crawford made a throwing error. Marte also had an infield hit in the seventh, but injured his leg running up the line.
In his second start back from Tommy John surgery, Shelby Miller struggled mightily for Arizona (47-36). He allowed a solo homer to Crawford in the top of the second, and one to Andrew McCutchen in the fourth, but the real damage came in the third. Singles by McCutchen, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt loaded the bases with one out, and Crawford walked to make it 2-0. Pablo Sandoval followed with a two-run single, and Joe Panik’s sac fly scored the fourth run of the inning. In all, Miller allowed nine hits and a walk over five innings, though he did strike out six.
Panik homered in the top of the eighth off Jimmie Sherfy for the game’s final run, his fourth homer of the year and his first since the opening week of the season.
San Francisco (44-40) pitchers combined to allow just seven hits, and the only ones that went for extra bases were a pair of Peralta doubles. Ty Blach retired all five batters he faced, and Cory Gearrin wrapped things up with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Giants finish June at 18-10, their first winning month since June 2016. Saturday’s win creates a virtual tie for second place in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams sit four games over .500, but at 43-39, the Dodgers have a marginal edge in percentage points.