Found May 13, 2012 on
San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Dodgers
Melky Cabrera singled four times to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, Gregor Blanco drove in three runs with a pair of hits and the San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 on Sunday to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.
Brett Pill hit a two-run homer and Barry Zito (2-1) earned his first win since his opening start. Jason Kubel went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks, who finished their homestand 1-5.
San Francisco had a season-high 14 hits, 10 of them against starter Joe Saunders (2-3).
Zito allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked three and hit a batter with a pitch. The left-hander entered with a 2.21 ERA but, thanks mostly to a lack of offensive support, had not won since a 7-0 shutout at Colorado on April 8. Zito has not given up more than three runs in any of his seven starts.
Saunders had his second rough outing in a row after a fast start to the season, giving up six runs in five innings.
The left-hander retired his first seven batters before trouble set in. Brandon Crawford doubled, then with two outs consecutive singles by Blanco, Joaquin Arias and Cabrera brought in two runs in the third inning.
San Francisco scored two more in the fourth on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Blanco to make it 4-1. Angel Pagan and Hector Sanchez started the inning with singles.
The Diamondbacks, up briefly 1-0 on Kubel's RBI single in the second, cut the Giants' lead to 4-3 in the fourth. Ryan Roberts led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Saunders' bunt and scored when A.J. Pollock doubled over the head of Blanco in right. Kubel followed with his second double of the game to bring home Pollock.
The Giants padded the lead their next time up. Cabrera, whose four-hit game matched his career best, led off the fifth with a single, then Pill hit the next pitch into the left-field seats and San Francisco led 6-3. Sanchez's RBI single made it 7-3 in the seventh.
Jeremy Affeldt, activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game (right knee strain), pitched a scoreless eighth.
NOTES: Cabrera is tied with Yankees SS Derek Jeter for the most multihit games this season (17). ... The Diamondbacks have lost 12 of their last 15 home games. ... Giants 2B Charlie Culberson, called up from Triple-A Fresno, was in the lineup and went 1 for 4 in his major league debut, singling in the fifth for his big league hit. ... Arizona opens a three-game series at Los Angeles on Monday night, sending Ian Kennedy (3-2, 3.91 ERA) to the mound against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.56). San Francisco is home against Colorado. Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 2.94) goes for the Giants and Christian Friedrich (1-0, 1.50) for the Rockies. ... After allowing five earned runs in his first five starts, Saunders has given up 12 in his last two.
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