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Miley scatters four hits in D-Backs' 2-0 win over Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- If Arizona left-hander Wade Miley wasn't feeling it Saturday, it was sure hard to tell from the results.

The one constant in the Diamondbacks' rotation all season, Miley (5-6) scattered four singles over seven innings, struck out four and walked three as the visitors won for the fourth time in six games with a 2-0 decision over the San Francisco Giants.

"I didn't feel too great," Miley said. "I have to give a lot of credit to Miggy (catcher Miguel Montero) for sticking with me. I was able to move the fastball in and out, kind of found it early in the game. They hit some balls hard, just fortunate they hit them right at someone."

Arizona closer Addison Reed picked up his 21st save with a scoreless ninth after set-up man Brad Ziegler worked a 1-2-3 eighth.

"He did what he's been doing, commanding the zone and throwing the ball well," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

"His comfort level has started to build," Montero said of Miley. "He's feeling more comfortable and believing in himself more. When you feel that way the game gets a little easier."

For the Giants it was just more of the same. The punchless offense was shutout for the 10th time this season, including for the fifth time in the last 13 games.

"I don't know, that's baseball," left fielder Michael Morse said. "We've got 25 guys in here coming in every day to win. There's no stopping that, it's what we do."

Right fielder Gerardo Parra chased Giants hard-luck starter Ryan Vogelsong with a run-scoring single to right field through a drawn-in infield with one out in the seventh inning. Parra's hit scored second baseman Aaron Hill from third. Hill doubled to left to lead off the inning.

Vogelsong worked his fourth straight start with zero run support as the Giants have not scored for the right-hander since June 21. Vogelsong has a 2.92 ERA during that span. He's the first Giants' pitcher since Lynn McGlothen in 1977 to receive no run support in four straight outings.

"It's kind of crazy," Vogelsong said of the lack of run support. "It's just happening to me, but it's stuff you go through."

Good defense kept the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard early, but the Giants could do nothing about Hill's long solo home run to left field with one out in the fourth inning. Hill's homer came on a 1-1 fastball from Vogelsong, who had not allowed a home run at home this season.

Combined with his double in the seventh, Hill is 13-for-25 with two home runs in his career against Vogelsong.

"He plays hard, and he's pretty tough on himself," Gibson said of Hill. "The kid works hard. If he gets some validation and relaxes, he'll be fine."

The Giants' biggest threat against Miley came in the seventh when with one out first baseman Brandon Belt walked and shortstop Joaquin Arias singled. But the rally ended when video review overturned a ruling that center fielder Gregor Blanco beat out an infield single and pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez lined out to first.

The Giants put two runners on base in only one other inning against Miley. But Arias struck out in the fourth after Morse singled and Belt walked.

San Francisco has dropped 13 of its last 19 games at home and 22 of 31.

Arizona threatened with two outs in the third inning as center fielder Ender Inciartle and left fielder David Peralta singled. But Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving stop to his left on Paul Goldschmidt's hard grounder and retired the hot-hitting Diamondbacks first baseman with a strong throw.

Goldschmidt extended a career-high streak of reaching base in 32 consecutive games with a two-out double to the wall in left center on the first pitch he saw. Goldschmidt has also hit in 11 straight.

Third baseman Martin Prado went 0-for-4 to see his 10-game hitting streak end.

NOTES: Manager Bruce Bochy hinted another Giants starting pitcher might go to Tuesday's All-Star Game in the place of LHP Madison Bumgarner, who is set to start Sunday's game. Speculation is veteran RHP Tim Hudson (7-6, 2.87 ERA) might get the nod. ... Vidal Nuno will start Sunday's game for Arizona, giving scheduled starter Chase Anderson more rest. The rookie has logged 54 1/3 innings in 10 starts. ... There is no timetable for injured Giants CF Angel Pagan to start swinging the bat as he rehabs in Arizona. ... Arizona pitchers have surrendered only two home runs in the last 14 games. ... INF Joaquin Arias started in place of SS Brandon Crawford purely to rest the starter. ... INF Marco Scutaro (back) made his season debut, starting at second base and batting second, after being activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Giants on Friday, and went 0-for-3 with a first-inning walk.

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