In what is probably indicative of the culmination of the two teams’ seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a late-season sweep of NL West rival San Francisco Giants with a 5-2 win at Chase Field.
Josh Collmenter pitched seven strong innings and got the win to move to 10-10. He gave up two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk. David Hernandez and J.J. Putz cleaned things up in the eighth and ninth innings, with Putz nabbing his forty-fifth save. Collmenter’s counterpart, Giants ace Tim Lincecum, was pummeled for five runs in five innings and fell to 13-14 in what has been a largely forgettable season marred by inconsistent outings and zero run support.
The damage on Lincecum started right away, with a two-run double from Miguel Montero in the first inning to score Aaron Hill and Justin Upton. Hill and Colin Cowgill each had RBI doubles, and Geoff Blum grounded out to allow Hill to score again.
The sweep was the first time since 2008 that the D-backs had done so against the Giants. With San Francisco out of the playoff picture, Arizona is trying to secure first-round home field advantage, but they trail the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat Florida Marlins on Sunday afternoon, by one game.
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