SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Moore struck out seven over 5 and 1/3 innings for his first career victory at AT&T Park, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday.
Moore walked off in the sixth to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd. The left-hander had lost his initial two home starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay.
Moore (2-3) gave up one run and five hits in his first game since losing a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Manager Bruce Bochy was careful not to overwork Moore, who was done at 92 pitches after throwing 133 during the no-hit try at Los Angeles.
Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs for San Francisco, which is in second in the NL West behind Los Angeles.
Santiago Casilla relieved Sergio Romo with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and struck out Yasmany Tomas. Casilla finished for his 29th save, giving up Jake Lamb’s two-out homer in the ninth.
Shelby Miller (2-10) was called up from Triple-A Reno to start. Pitching in the majors for the first time since being sent to the minors on July 14, he allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
Posey doubled home a run in the first. Hunter Pence added an RBI single later that inning in his second game back after missing three with a strained right hamstring.
Angel Pagan had an RBI double in the seventh and Posey hit a sacrifice fly as the Giants added insurance.
San Francisco third baseman Eduardo Nunez got hit by Miller’s 91 mph fastball in the left ribcage area but stayed in the game in the bottom of the sixth after an athletic trainer and Bochy checked on him.
Arizona dropped just its fifth game in the last 16 at AT&T Park.
The Giants wrapped up their tough August at 11-16 and now leave on a 10-game, 11-day road trip beginning with four games at Wrigley Field against the runaway NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.
“This road trip is big. They’re all big now,” Bochy said, noting of the Cubs series: “It’s critical. I don’t know if it’s quite make-or-break.”
Conor Gillaspie’s last two hits for the Giants have been pinch-hit triples, on Sunday against Atlanta and in the seventh Wednesday ahead of Pagan’s double that drove him home.
Diamondbacks: Arizona optioned RHP Vicente Campos to Reno to make room for Miller’s return to the rotation.
Giants: CF Denard Span was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday night’s loss in the seventh inning with a stiff neck. … RHP Jake Peavy was still sore a day after receiving several shots of cortisone in his back.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.28 ERA) pitches against Colorado at Coors Field having gone 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA with 29 strikeouts and seven walks in his last four starts.
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (11-9, 4.00) pitches the opener Thursday against his former Cubs team in Chicago for the highly anticipated series.
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