As bad as the Giants were in June and earlier this month, a recent surge has them back within striking distance in the NL West. They hope to make up more ground Sunday as Madison Bumgarner tries to clinch a sweep of the division-leading Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.
The Giants (45-51) followed a 10-17 month of June by starting 1-8 in July, but they won three of four before the All-Star break. Back-to-back wins over the Diamondbacks (50-47) -- including a 4-3 victory on Saturday -- have them just 4 12 games out of first place. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey were a combined 4 for 8 with three RBIs in the win.
"This division, nobody seems to want to run away with it," said Arizona's Cody Ross, whose team is a half-game ahead of second-place Los Angeles. "It's there for the taking."
San Francisco's rotation has struggled all year, posting a 4.53 ERA that ranks among baseball's worst. But the starters have keyed the club's surge, compiling a 2.31 ERA over the last six games while yi...