Pitching, defense have tough day vs. D-backs

Arizona posts seven unearned runs in split-squad action

Pitching, defense have tough day vs. D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- David Peralta and Cody Ross drove in two runs apiece Sunday to pace the D-backs past the Giants, 12-2, in a split-squad Cactus League exhibition.

Ross, the former Giant who was named Most Valuable Player in the 2010 National League Championship Series, contributed a sacrifice fly in a two-run third inning and an RBI single in a five-run fourth inning. Peralta hoisted a first-inning sacrifice fly before adding an RBI single in the fourth.

After Gerald Laird tripled and scored on a groundout to open Arizona's big fifth, shortstop Matt Duffy committed a two-out fielding error that sustained the D-backs' momentum and generated four unearned runs.

Giants starter Jake Peavy allowed one run in two innings, yielding Peralta's sacrifice fly after Arizona loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning.

"There's a lot to build on and a lot to work on," Peavy said of his overall performance after he walked one and struck out three.

Peavy gets out of trouble with K

Rookie right-hander Curtis Partch relieved Peavy and allowed six runs, three unearned, in 1 2/3 innings. Errors -- two by Duffy and one by Daniel Carbonell -- contributed to seven unearned runs overall.

Four straight singles, including Juan Ciriaco's RBI hit, and a run-scoring groundout got the Giants on the board in the eighth.

At Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the road Giants squad also lost to Arizona, 10-5.

Giants Up Next: It doesn't mean as much as it does in the regular season, but there should be a little more buzz in the air in Scottsdale on Monday when the Dodgers visit. Moreover, Giants right-hander Matt Cain will test his valuable arm against another team for the first time since he underwent season-ending elbow surgery last August. Catcher Buster Posey and center fielder Angel Pagan, who have done little more than take batting practice Sunday, are likely to be in action.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.