Diamondbacks Rally Late to Defeat Giants

It looked like one early mistake might cost Daniel Hudson and the Diamondbacks a series victory over their NL West rivals, the San Francisco Giants.  But Arizona’s offense came through for their starter, rallying late and allowing Hudson to pick up his 15th win of the season.  The Diamondbacks beat the Giants 4-1 Sunday, increasing their division lead to 7 games.

Though Hudson was dominant Sunday, reaching the 7th inning for his 3rd consecutive start, he only threw two pitches before surrendering his first run.  Cody Ross took Hudson deep to left on the second pitch of the game, giving the Giants an early 1-0.

It was a lead they would hold late into the game, as Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong was a notch better than Hudson.  The right-hander held the Diamondbacks scoreless over his first 7 frames.

But, unfortunately for Vogelsong, the Giants offense wasn’t able to pad their lead, and Arizona finally broke through in the 8th.

Ryan Roberts struck first blood with his solo shot.  An infield single later and Vogelsong was lifted for reliever Jeremy Affeldt.  The lefty only faced one batter, surrendering a walk to Geoff Blum.

San Francisco then handed the ball to Ramon Ramirez, who proceeded to allow 3 runs to score on back to back base hits.

Arizona’s bullpen offered its club much more relief.  David Hernandez (21 holds) and closer J.J. Putz (36 saves) combined to throw 2 perfect innings and shut the door on the Giants.

The series win all but guarantees the Diamondbacks the division crown.  Arizona faces off with the defending World Series champs one more time in their second to last series of the season.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Cody Ross Daniel Hudson David Hernandez Geoff Blum J.J. Putz Jeremy Affeldt MLB Ramon Ramirez Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants

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