After yet another close win against the Giants, the Diamondbacks look to run their major league-best winning streak to seven games as the teams play the middle game of their series Tuesday night.
Arizona beat San Francisco 5-3 on Monday to increase its lead in the NL West to 3 1/2 games over idle San Diego. The Giants (65-79), meanwhile, remain in last place, 16 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks (82-63).
Arizona, though, is only 7-6 against San Francisco this season, including a 2-5 mark at AT&T Park. The Diamondbacks had beaten the Giants by one run in each of their wins before Monday’s two-run margin.
Over the weekend, the Diamondbacks swept St. Louis Cardinals by a combined four runs, including two one-run wins.
“The way it’s gone of late, as many close games as we’ve played and as the games with the Cardinals would suggest, as long as we still have at-bats left we still have a chance,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “Until the final out, we have a chance.”
Jeff Salazar was a late scratch Monday with a sprained left ankle, but entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning for Arizona and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer. It was his first home run of the season and just the second of his career, getting both as a pinch-hitter against San Francisco.
The bullpen also came up big for the Diamondbacks, with four relievers combining to pitch three shutout innings. Arizona has a 2.35 ERA in its seven wins over San Francisco.
Edgar Gonzalez (7-2, 5.00 ERA), who has been used primarily out of the bullpen, will make his ninth start of the season for the Diamondbacks after 14 straight relief appearances.
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 4.47 ERA as a starter. He is 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in two starts and a relief appearance against the Giants this season, and 2-2 with a 7.13 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances lifetime against them.
San Francisco will counter with Kevin Correia (4-6, 3.59 ERA), who will be making his fourth straight start. He won each of his last three outings, posting 2.55 ERA and a .209 opponent batting average after coming out of the bullpen for all but one of his previous 52 appearances.
The right-hander gave up one run and four hits in six innings of a 5-3 win over Colorado on Wednesday night.
Correia is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in eight career appearances—all in relief— against the Diamondbacks.
Bengie Molina, who homered in Correia’s last outing, hit a pair of solo home runs for San Francisco. His 19 home runs match a career high, set last season with Toronto.
Molina also has a career-high 79 RBIs—76 of them as a catcher— second-most in Giants history to Dick Dietz, who had 104 in 1970.
Molina is 6-for-12 with three home runs, a double and seven RBIs in his last three games against the Diamondbacks.