Giants take series behind Shark, offense

Giants take series behind Shark, offense

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija spun another strong start while Jarrett Parker drilled his first home run of the season to pace the Giants past the D-backs, 6-3, on Sunday.

"He's getting his swings off. He played good defense," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Parker, who has gone 6-for-13 with seven RBIs and three doubles in three games back from the disabled list. "He's been impressive in the early go here."

Samardzija (7-11) picked up his third consecutive win, a feat he hadn't yet accomplished this season. He tossed 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and five hits. But the right-hander allowed three walks, a season high. Entering Sunday, his strikeout/walk ratio ranked third the Majors.

Samardzija's quality outing

Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (8-11) didn't fare as well, allowing six runs (three earned) over six innings for his second loss of the D-backs' road trip, though he did rack up a season-high 10 strikeouts. The Rockies, who lost to the Phillies on Sunday, remained a half-game up on the D-backs for the first National League Wild Card spot.

"I've got to do a better job getting out of those innings and minimizing damage. Just to try to keep some runs off the board," Corbin said. "I could've a couple times there and kept us in the game there, and we scored a couple runs and had bases loaded a couple times. Probably a different story if I get out of those jams."

Hunter Pence (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to eight games while tallying two RBIs. Reliever Albert Suarez entered in the seventh and recorded a seven-out save, the first save of his young career. Buster Posey, playing first base, stole two bases in a game for the first time.

Posey swipes two bags

"It's a time to try a couple new things," Samardzija said. "It's not the worst time in the world to have some extra ammo in your arsenal come next year. But like I said, we're out here to win ballgames every day. It doesn't matter what the record is."

Insurance runs: The Giants tacked on two unearned runs in the fifth thanks to a crafty play by Gorkys Hernandez. He appeared caught in a rundown after rounding second on a double, but D-backs second baseman Daniel Descalso dropped the ball as Hernandez leapt over the top of him. Hernandez was deemed safe without a replay review. Nick Hundley brought home Hernandez and Posey, who was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, to give San Francisco a four-run cushion.

Hernandez's double to right

"How about that? When he rounded second, I went 'Oh no.' That's the leadoff double," Bochy said. "Big difference. That was pretty acrobatic. … You notice since they start doing these replays, guys come up with some very creative slides."

Another Parker assist: Parker picked up right where he left off after Saturday's game, delivering a crisp throw home in the fourth to beat J.D. Martinez and keep a potential third run off the board. Ketel Marte popped out hoping for a sacrifice fly, but Parker snagged the ball in left with his momentum moving toward home plate for the Giants' 11th outfield assist of the season -- and second of the series.

Parker nabs Martinez at home

"We're banged up. We brought in some young kids to give them some playing time. We go out there and play great baseball. … With what we've been through, it is nice to take a series against a club who's had a very good year." -- Bochy, on the series win

"We lost some opportunities today. You can point to a number of errors, a number of reasons. We just didn't execute in a couple situations, whether it be offensively or defensively or with some pitches on the mound." -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo

D-backs: After an off-day Monday, right-hander Zack Godley (5-4, 2.86 ERA) will take the mound at 6:40 p.m. MST on Tuesday against the Dodgers having not allowed a run in back-to-back starts. Godley's thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings, including six scoreless Aug. 1 against the Cubs in his last start.

Giants: The Chicago Cubs visit AT&T Park starting with Monday's 7:15 p.m. PT contest for a three-game set. Left-hander Matt Moore (3-11, 5.80) makes his second career start against the Cubs, who took three of four against the Giants earlier this season at Wrigley Field.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for based in the Bay Area.

Alex Simon is a reporter for and covered the D-backs on Sunday. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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