PHOENIX -- Ryan Vogelsong's pitching line suggested that he endured a rough Tuesday night at Chase Field. But the right-hander's role in the Giants' 7-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was defined by confrontations with two hitters, not a steady stream of base hits.
Three-run homers by David Peralta in the third inning and Jake Lamb in the fifth doomed Vogelsong, who received the start when Jake Peavy's troublesome back prevented him from pitching. A closer look at Vogelsong's multiple-run mishaps demonstrated that he came close to avoiding each one.
"It stinks," Vogelsong said, "because I feel like I threw the ball a lot better than the results."
Peralta's at-bat was generated by a walk to Paul Goldschmidt, who took a 3-2 fastball that may or may not have whispered in the direction of home plate's outside corner. Vogelsong and catcher Buster Posey registered dismay when umpire Eric Cooper ruled ball four. Two pitches later, Peralta homered deep into the right-field seats, erasing San Francisco's 2-1 edge.
Asked about the fateful pitch to Goldschmidt, Vogelsong said, "I haven't looked at it yet on video, but it was really close."
Two innings later, the Giants had forged a 4-4 tie. With two runners aboard and one out in Arizona's half of the fifth, Vogelsong inched toward escape by striking out the formidable Mark Trumbo. Then Lamb ended an eight-pitch standoff by homering on a 3-2 curveball after fouling off a pair of pitches.
Said Vogelsong, "I didn't want to walk the bases loaded there. So I threw him a not really a get-me-over curveball, but a curveball I knew was going to be a strike. And he hit it."
Led by Posey's 3-for-3 performance, which included his first homer of the season, the Giants actually outhit Arizona, 10-8. But four D-backs relievers combined to limit San Francisco to two hits over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Vogelsong believed that his teammates already had done enough.
"Basically, I wasted a good offensive night for my team," he said. "Anytime we score six runs, we deserve a win."
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.