San Francisco (54-59) at Arizona (57-56)

  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Wed Aug 9, 2006
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The Arizona Diamondbacks look to string together consecutive victories and move closer to first place in the NL West when they conclude their three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak to the Giants and won for only the second time in the last six games overall with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

“Some of the intangible stuff we haven’t been doing as well of late,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “All of those things play into the outcome of the game. It was good to see we made some big plays.”

The win moved Arizona within 1 1/2 games of NL West-leading San Diego and also put the Diamondbacks back above .500 (57-56).

The Giants (54-59) have lost 12 of their past 15 games.

Arizona had been 4-7 versus San Francisco entering the game, but Orlando Hudson had two runs scored and an RBI, and Carlos Quentin and Stephen Drew each had two hits and an RBI.

“We swung the bats well and threw the ball well, too,” said Hudson, who has seven triples, matching his career high set in 2004 with Toronto.

The Diamondbacks will turn to Miguel Batista (9-5, 4.87 ERA) to help them win the series. Batista has won three consecutive decisions and hasn’t lost since June 20, when he allowed 11 hits and six runs in five innings to Tampa Bay.

Arizona won his next seven starts before losing to Houston on Friday. Batista allowed six hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings, but didn’t earn a decision in the Diamondbacks’ 8-7 defeat.

“Maybe the worst I’ve ever done,” Batista said after he issued seven walks.

Despite Friday’s outcome, Arizona is 16-7 with Batista on the mound.

He’s 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season, allowing double-digit hits in each outing, and is 4-8 with a 4.57 ERA in 24 career games—17 starts—against San Francisco.

Barry Bonds, who went 0-for-3 with a walk on Tuesday, is batting .345 (10-for-29) with four homers and 11 RBIs in his career against Batista.

Matt Morris (8-9, 4.73) looks for his first victory in nearly a month when he starts for the Giants. Since beating the Phillies on July 14, Morris has gone 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four starts.

He gave up five runs in six innings of a 5-2 loss to Colorado on Friday, the third time in four outings he allowed at least five earned runs.

“I just made a poor pitch in a bad situation and it cost me the game,” Morris said. “Unfortunately, it’s been a pitch here and pitch there that has cost us. It’s frustrating.”

Morris is 1-1 with a 5.52 ERA in two starts against Arizona this season. He gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in 5 2-3 innings of a loss on April 18 but rebounded to throw a complete game on June 15, allowing seven hits and two runs in an 8-2 victory.

He’s 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in eight career games—six starts—against the Diamondbacks.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Morris PIT vs. M. Batista COL
10-15 Record 11-8
4.98 ERA 4.58
117 K 110
63 BB 84
1.35 WHIP 1.53


Wednesday, Aug 9