D-backs back dominant Ray to slay Giants

D-backs back dominant Ray to slay Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Arizona D-backs remained comfortable in their home away from home Tuesday night, as they maintained their AT&T Park dominance of the San Francisco Giants with a 3-0 triumph.

"It's a fun place to play," D-backs outfielder Chris Owings said. "I think the atmosphere gets everybody excited and I know our pitchers throw really well here so it's just a fun place to play and I think everybody just kind of feeds off of that."

The D-backs, who have won three games in a row, now have won eight of their last nine games in San Francisco and 10 of the last 12. They limited their scoring to the fifth inning, but that was enough as Arizona starter Robbie Ray surrendered five hits in six innings and stranded four Giants in scoring position.

San Francisco has lost six of its last seven games. Tuesday marked the first shutout defeat for the Giants, who entered the game having scored 77 runs, second-most in the Majors. But Arizona has blanked the Giants in six of their last 12 meetings at AT&T Park.

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"Lights-out stuff tonight," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Ray. "That fastball was unhittable. He was able to throw his breaking ball when he needed to and his change-up."

Ray's scoreless start

Pleading the fifth: For the second start in a row, San Francisco's Matt Cain couldn't finish the fifth inning after entering it with a shutout. This time, Cain clung to a no-hitter, which was shattered by Chris Owings' leadoff double. Jean Segura singled home Owings and came across himself on Jake Lamb's triple. After Paul Goldschmidt hoisted a sacrifice fly, Cain yielded back-to-back singles to David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas, finishing Cain's night.

Cain said he didn't feel weary in the fifth.

"I felt nothing, fatigue-wise," he said. "I just seem to be making mistakes in that fifth inning and it keeps getting me."

Segura's RBI single

Rolling now?: The win was the third in a row for the D-backs, who have won four of five after a slow start to the year, and they have their ace, Zack Greinke, on the mound Wednesday.

"Just slowing the game down a little bit," Owings said of the hot streak. "Chip's talked about it before, where everybody's just trying to do too much and the season is starting to settle in a little bit. ... Just playing the game hard and getting back to the way we played during Spring Training."

Goldschmidt's sacrifice fly

Duffy improves: Matt Duffy interrupted his batting slump with a pair of singles in three at-bats. He also walked to open the Giants' half of the ninth inning. Duffy's first hit, a fourth-inning single, ended an 0-for-14 skid. He had batted .083 (2-for-24) in his previous seven games. Duffy raised his batting average from .170 to .196.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Giants challenged a fifth-inning ruling when Joe Panik was initially called out on an attempted steal of second base. The call was overturned following the video review.

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WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: Zack Greinke will make his fourth start for the D-backs on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. MST at AT&T Park. After pitching below his expectations in his first two starts, Greinke held the Padres to just two runs over 7 1/3 innings in his last outing..

Giants: Expect Brandon Belt, who rested Tuesday, to be back in the lineup for Wednesday's 7:15 p.m. PT encounter with the D-backs. Belt is hitting a career .294 (5-for-17) with a home run off Greinke, who will face off with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.

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