PHOENIX (CBS/AP) — Kelby Tomlinson’s one-out single in the 12th inning drove in Brandon Belt with the go-ahead run, and the San Francisco Giants held on for a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks early Saturday morning.
San Francisco maintained its half-game lead over the Mets for the top NL wild card, with St. Louis just a half-game behind New York.
Giants reliever Cory Gearrin got one out before being moved to left field for one batter so lefty Javier Lopez could face left-handed hitter Jake Lamb, who tied the score at 6 with a pinch-hit homer in the 10th.
Gearrin was then put back on the mound by manager Bruce Bochy to finish the game for his third save. With two runners on, Gearrin struck out Welington Castillo looking for the second out on a 3-2 pitch, and Castillo was ejected for arguing.
Yasmany Tomas grounded out to end it.
Joe Nathan (2-0) escaped an 11th-inning jam in a game that lasted 5 hours, 23 minutes.
Dominic Leone (0-1) took the loss.
Arizona used 26 players, including 12 pitchers — both franchise records.
Gearrin became the first Giants pitcher to play the field since 2007.
San Francisco moved within four games of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Hunter Pence gave the Giants a 6-5 lead in the top of the 10th, scoring on Enrique Burgos’ wild pitch. Pence had four hits and made a key defensive play in right field.
The Giants turned to Santiago Casilla to try to close it out, but Lamb extended the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the 10th.
The Diamondbacks made it 5-all in the seventh when Giants center fielder Denard Span dropped Chris Owings’ long fly for a three-base error. Pinch-runner Socrates Brito scored on the play, but Owings was thrown out trying to score.
That was after Angel Pagan’s solo home run gave the Giants a 5-4 lead.
Pence took an extra-base hit away from Mitch Haniger in the bottom of the ninth with a sliding catch in the right-field corner.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was briefly in line for his 100th career win, but ended up tossing six innings and allowing four runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk in a no-decision.
The Diamondbacks built a 4-1 lead against Bumgarner with two-run homers by Brandon Drury in the second inning and Kyle Jensen in the third, Jensen’s first major league home run.
Jensen, called up from Triple-A Reno on Sept. 3, entered as an injury replacement for A.J. Pollock in the top of the second.
Diamondbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa was on a pitch limit in his first start since late May. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game after coming back from a right elbow injury and threw 43 pitches before leaving for a pinch hitter.
De La Rosa struck out three in two innings but gave up a run in the second on an infield single, two walks and Eduardo Nunez’s sacrifice fly.
HOWLIN’ WITH THE DIAMONDBACKS
The Diamondbacks celebrated the upcoming season for the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, that team’s 20th. Veterans Shane Doan and Mike Smith took batting practice with the Diamondbacks, and Doan, who has been with the team since it moved to Arizona from Winnipeg, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Coyotes open training camp next week.
The Diamondbacks’ home runs brought the playing of the Coyotes’ goal song that is heard at Gila River Arena.
Giants: RHP Derek Law is on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury. He could be activated by early next week. . OF Gregor Blanco is on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder injury. He’s hitting off a tee while working out in Arizona. . Nunez was slow running up the line on a sixth-inning single, but after being checked by a trainer he stayed in the game.
Diamondbacks: Pollock left in the bottom of the first after appearing to get injured running out a fly ball. Pollock only recently returned from a season-long rehabilitation of a broken elbow. … With De La Rosa activated, infielder Nick Ahmed (hip injury) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (14-5) faces the Diamondbacks on Saturday for the fifth time this season. He is 2-2 in the previous four starts.
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (6-8) has two wins in his last three starts.
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