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Diamondbacks Vs. Giants: Arizona's Elimination Number Down To 1

The Arizona Diamondbacks are now six games out of a Wild Card spot.

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D-backs drop road finale to Giants, 7-3

The Arizona Diamondbacks were unable to take the series from the San Francisco Giants, falling by a score of 7-3 on Thursday afternoon. The Giants used a six-run second inning to their advantage early, and the D-backs were unable to overcome Barry Zito on the mound. Arizona is now 78-78 this season with six games remaining on the schedule.

Patrick Corbin was hit hard by San Francisco. He lasted just three innings after surrendering six runs on seven hits. Zito was much better for the opposition, tossing six innings of three-run ball. The veteran lefty scattered six hits and three walks, striking out three on his way to his 14th win of the season.

Hunter Pence got the scoring going in the second inning with a two-run homer. Hector Sanchez doubled home a run, and then a passed ball plated the fourth run of the game. Marco Scutaro capped everything off with a two-run shot to left field to make the score 6-0.

Chris Young plated two runs in the fourth with a two-out single. Jake Elmore cut the deficit to 6-3 in the sixth with a ground-rule double over the left field wall.

With the Diamondbacks still trailing by three runs, Sanchez hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to make the score 7-3. Sergio Romo entered the ninth and recorded two strikeouts in a perfect inning of work.

The D-backs now return home to Chase Field and will welcome in the Cubs on Friday night.

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Matt Cain and Giants relievers shut out Arizona

Pitcher Matt Cain silenced the Arizona Diamondbacks' bats, and the San Francisco Giants sent the D-backs one more step closer to elimination from the postseason with a 6-0 Giants win Wednesday night at AT&T Park.

Even though the St. Louis Cardinals lost their game earlier, the Diamondbacks couldn't hold ground. But Arizona will stay alive for at least another day, win or lose on Thursday, since the Cardinals are off.

The Diamondbacks managed only four hits off Cain, who struck out six in seven innings. Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey hit run-scoring singles in the third inning off losing pitcher Wade Miley (16-11), who still hopes to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award and presumably will get one more start before the season ends.

Cain helped his own cause with an RBI single and went 2 for 2 at the plate. Sandoval had two RBI and Brandon Belt had three hits.

A pair of wild pitches, one by reliever Mike Zagurski and another by Takashi Saito, brought in the final Giants run in the eighth inning. Arizona is 78-77 and has seven games left in its season.

The D-backs' final road game of 2012 is Thursday at 12:45 p.m. in San Francisco, with Patrick Corbin of Arizona making his 16th start of the season and facing SF's Barry Zito.

For more on the Arizona Diamondbacks, go to AZ Snake Pit. Everything San Francisco Giants can be found at McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area.

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Goldschmidt continues mastery of Lincecum

The Arizona Diamondbacks keep fighting to keep their season alive, and Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the NL West champion San Francisco Giants was proof of the D-backs refusal to give in.

Of course, with the St. Louis Cardinals' win over Houston, any combination of three Cardinals wins or Diamondbacks losses means Arizona's hopes of capturing the second NL wild card spot are dashed, and it's time to look ahead to 2013. But the D-backs didn't lose ground to the Cardinals Tuesday, thanks to a towering three-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt off one of his favorite pitchers to face, TIm Lincecum.

Goldschmidt went deep off the left field foul pole in the third inning, and also hit a pair of sacrifice flies in accounting for five D-backs runs but only officially going 1-for-2. Goldschmidt is 8 for 15 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 2011 and 2012 against Lincecum.

On a chilly autumn night by the Bay, Aaron Hill had three hits, and a pair of Giants wild pitches allowed two more Arizona runs to score. Josh Collmenter (5-3) started for the Diamondbacks and held the Giants to a run on two hits with four strikeouts over five innings.

Arizona has won four of their last five games and improved to 78-76 with eight games left in the season, including six at home starting Friday. Wade Miley (16-10) takes the mound hoping to keep the D-backs alive for another day Wednesday night at AT& Park.

For more on the Arizona Diamondbacks, go to AZ Snake Pit. Everything San Francisco Giants can be found at McCovey Chronicles and SB Nation Bay Area. If that's not enough baseball, head over to Baseball Nation to get your fix.

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