Joe Saunders Knocked Around, Diamondbacks Fall 7-3 To Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks were hoping to get back on track after being swept in three games at home by the St. Louis Cardinals. They beat the San Francisco Giants on Friday, lost on Saturday and hoped that behind Joe Saunders they could start the road trip on a positive note. Saunders looked great for the first two innings, but then could not close out innings, and the offense only could muster five hits as they lost the final game of the homestand 7-3.

Saunders was perfect for two innings, but the gave up 10 hits in the next three innings, with two runs each crossing the plate in each inning. In both the third and fourth innings, the runs came with two outs.

Both Gregor Blanco and Melky Cabrera singled in runs in the third, while Blanco struck again in the fourth, driving a pair of runs with a two-out single.

Brett Pill hit a two-run homer in the fifth and then in the seventh, off Josh Collmenter, Hector Sanchez drove in Cabrera to cap off the Giants' runs.

Barry Zito, who started for San Fran, went six innings and allowed the three Diamondbacks runs, but only allowed five hits. The third through sixth batters in the lineup (Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Cody Ransom) went hitless.

Jason Kubel, who had three hits on the afternoon, drove in Ryan Roberts in the second inning and also doubled in A.J. Pollock, who had doubled in Roberts, in the fourth.

Arizona finishes the homestand 1-5 and now heads on the road for seven games.

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