PHOENIX (AP) — Alex Dickerson and LaMonte Wade Jr. homered and the San Francisco Giants stopped a four-game slide by pounding the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-4 on Friday night.
The Giants broke it open with Thairo Estrada’s two-out grand slam in the ninth inning against J.B. Bukauskas. Estrada also had an RBI double in the fifth.READ MORE: VIDEO: Wind-Whipped Dixie Fire Ignites Homes In Greenville; Fire Crews 'Going Into Life Threat Mode'
Halfway through its schedule, surprising San Francisco has baseball’s best record at 51-30. It leads the Los Angeles Dodgers by a half-game in the NL West.
Giants left-hander Alex Wood (7-3) struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with two runs and four hits.
Eduardo Escobar and Pavin Smith connected for last-place Arizona, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Zac Gallen (1-4) allowed three runs in two-plus innings before departing with right hamstring tightness.
San Francisco opened a 5-2 lead with two runs in the fifth. Wilmer Flores hit an RBI single, and Estrada doubled home Steven Duggar.
Wade hit a two-run shot against Brett De Geus in the eighth, making it 7-2. Wade’s seventh homer drove in Jaylin Davis, who reached on a pinch-hit double when his pop fly fell in between three fielders in shallow right field.
The Diamondbacks got two back on solo drives by Escobar and Smith against Jimmie Sherfy in the eighth. It was the 18th homer and 500th career RBI for Escobar, who had two hits and scored twice.READ MORE: PG&E Stock Dip Impacting Fortunes of Past Wildfire Victims
The Diamondbacks, who beat the Giants on Thursday night in the series opener, still haven’t won consecutive games since May 10-11.
SECOND TIME AROUND
Through Friday, opposing batters are hitting .145 against Wood in their first at-bat. But the second time through the order, opponents are hitting .300 against him.
In four starts since returning from a sprained elbow, Gallen is 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA. His last win was on April 25 in Atlanta, a one-hitter in a seven-inning doubleheader opener followed by Madison Bumgarner’s no-hit effort in the second game.
LHP Sammy Long (1-1, 4.95 ERA) starts for the Giants Saturday night in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks will start RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 3.38 ERA).MORE NEWS: COVID: Case Surge From Delta Variant Leading to Health Care Worker Fatigue
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