Giants 9, Diamondbacks 7
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Marquis Grissom played on a tender ankle and Noah Lowry pitched with strep throat. Manager Felipe Alou tried to focus on baseball when Hurricane Frances was closing in on his new Florida home.
The San Francisco Giants know they’re going to need more gutsy performances in September to reach the playoffs again.
Grissom hit a grand slam after fouling a ball off his left ankle, and also started an eighth-inning rally with a single in the Giants’ 9-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Dustan Mohr doubled in the tying run in the eighth and Deivi Cruz hit a two-run single two batters later as San Francisco came back from a 7-1 deficit to beat the Diamondbacks for the seventh straight time.
“Never give up,” said Alou, who has been monitoring Frances from his clubhouse office.
The Giants pulled within a half-game of the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race. The Cubs had their weekend series at Florida postponed because of the hurricane.
“We’ve got to keep winning, that’s all,” slugger Barry Bonds said. “There are a lot of games left.”
Bonds went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, but didn’t homer on a day Alou predicted would be a “hitter’s festival” because of the heat. It was 87 degrees at first pitch.
Arizona manager Al Pedrique had to be restrained by his coaching staff after the game as he argued with the umpire crew.
Crew chief Larry Young approached Pedrique afterward because the skipper had been questioning his crew all afternoon, Young said.
“I’m not going to let them take cheap shots at my umpires when they walk off the field,” Young said. “That’s what I went over to talk to him about. Coaches and the managers were yelling at my umpires for a good part of the game.”
Pedrique was embarrassed later.
“I’m not proud of what happened,” he said. “I was very disappointed, but I’m going to protect my players out there. I felt they missed several calls.”
Grissom’s fourth career grand slam came on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth, one of five straight hits by the Giants against Arizona starter Stephen Randolph. The 37-year-old Grissom fouled the first pitch off his left ankle and went to the ground in pain. After trainer Stan Conte checked on him, Grissom walked it off and got back in the batter’s box.
“I told him ‘Don’t embarrass me,”’ Conte said.
Grissom didn’t. It was his first grand slam since Aug. 27, 1997, when he was with Cleveland.
“I tried to block it out the best I could,” Grissom said. “I didn’t want to come out of the game. We’re in a crucial situation where we need to win games.”
Grissom singled off Mike Koplove (3-3) leading off the eighth, then went to third on pinch-hitter Ray Durham’s double. Grissom was so sore that he asked out of the game, and pinch-runner Jason Ellison replaced him. Ellison then scored on Koplove’s wild pitch moments later. Pinch-hitter J.T. Snow walked, bringing up Mohr, who lined a double to left.
After Edgardo Alfonzo’s groundout, Cruz singled to right.
Randolph, who missed his last turn because of stiffness in his left throwing shoulder, recorded his first career RBI with a single in the Diamondbacks’ four-run fifth. Hillenbrand had his other double that inning and Chad Tracy added a two-run single.
Bonds homered for the first time in five games Friday, a two-run shot for No. 697 of his career. Alou had talked about giving Bonds the day off Saturday, but the slugger played only six innings Friday night.
Lowry’s status was uncertain until Saturday morning because he has strep throat and had a temperature of 101 degrees Friday.
Upon his arrival to the ballpark, the lefty lobbied to start and looked good in the early innings.
After Terrero led off the game with a homer to left, Lowry retired the next 10 Arizona batters before Tracy singled in the fourth.
Tracy then scored on Hillenbrand’s first double to make it 2-1.
Lowry, a rookie left-hander, was tagged for four runs on six hits in the fifth alone, and was done after the inning.
Giants starters have gone six innings only once in their last 12 games.
The Giants recalled RHP reliever Kevin Correia from Triple-A Fresno before the game. … Arizona recalled OF Doug DeVore from Triple-A Tucson. … Giants RHP Brett Tomko will make his regular start Sunday despite spraining his right ankle during his outing against Colorado last Tuesday. … Terrero hit his first career leadoff homer, the fourth by an Arizona player this year. … Randolph had faced the Giants five times in relief this year. … The Giants have five grand slams this season. … The Giants sold out for the 39th time this season.