San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) – Buster Posey belted a two-run homer, adding more fodder to his rookie of the year candidacy, and the San Francisco Giants moved closer to their first playoff berth in seven years by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, at AT&T Park.
Pablo Sandoval and Andres Torres each hit solo home runs for the Giants, who swept this three-game series — the third time they have broken out the brooms against the Diamondbacks this season — and have won eight of their last 10 contests overall.
San Francisco rookie Madison Bumgarner (7-6) pitched out of a number of jams, surrendering one run in five innings of work, to win at home for the first time in eight starts this year. The southpaw recorded seven strikeouts and walked one.
The Giants’ magic number to clinch their first NL West title since 2003 was trimmed to two. San Francisco moved 2 1/2 games ahead of San Diego, which concludes its series with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday before closing out the regular season with three games against the Giants at AT&T Park.
Struggling rookie Barry Enright (6-7) gave up all three home runs in his five- plus inning start for the Diamondbacks. Enright has lost his last five starts.