The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to put together an offensive strike in the top of the eleventh inning and hang on to a 8-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday evening.
San Francisco got off to a quick start offensively in the bottom of the first inning when Pablo Sandoval grounded out to second base to score Marco Scutaro from third base and put the Giants on top 1-0.
Arizona would respond quickly in the top of the next inning when Ian Kennedy tied things up at 1-1 off an RBI single to right field to score Ryan Wheeler. They would add a couple more runs in the top of the next inning off an RBI double by Paul Goldschmidt and an RBI single by John McDonald to extend Arizona’s lead to 4-1.
The Giants would cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning when Marco Scutaro doubled to deep left-center field to score Brandon Crawford and cut the lead to 4-2.
Arizona would pad their lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of Aaron Hill’s two-run home run (21) to deep left field to score Adam Eaton and put the D-backs on top 6-2.
Things would get interesting in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hunter Pence plated Pablo Sandoval of an RBI double to left to cut the lead to 6-3. Brandon Belt brought the Giants back to within one run at 6-5 with a two-run homer to right field. The Giants would then tie things up at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning off a Pablo Sandoval RBI single to left field to score Angel Pagan.
The game would go to extras and in the top of the 11th inning, Jason Kubel came through for Arizona with an RBI triple to deep right field over Hunter Pence’s head to score Aaron Hill and put Zona on top 7-6. Kubel would then score off a Miguel Montero RBI single to center.
Ian Kennedy had another rocky start for the D-backs, allowing five runs off of seven hits over 5 2/3 innings pitched. He did not factor a decision in the game.
Arizona will send starter Trevor Cahill to the mound for game three of the series today.