By Jeremy Kahn
PHOENIX-Yusmeiro Petit must have loved to hear from Bruce Bochy that he was going to pitch the finale of this three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Petit, who pitched for the Diamondbacks from 2007-2009 was absolutely fantastic, as he went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking just one and striking out a career-high 10 and the San Francisco Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 8-2 before 33,422 at Chase Field.
“Another great start for him, two tough ballparks in Colorado and here,” said Bruce Bochy.
Hunter Pence continued his hot hitting, as he went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, which included his 17th home run of the season, a two-run belt to the opposite field that scored Buster Posey, who went 3-for-5 on the afternoon.
Despite allowing a run on two hits in the bottom of the first inning, Petit struck out the side in the inning and struck out the side in the bottom of the second inning.
Martin Prado got the Diamondbacks on the board in the bottom of the first inning, as he doubled off of Petit to score Adam Eaton, who singled with one out.
Hector Sanchez got the Giants on the board in the top of the second inning, as he grounded out to shortstop to score Pence from third base, after Pence walked to leadoff the inning.
Sanchez continued to be a run producer in the top of the fourth inning, as he hit a two-run double that scored Posey and Pence, in what proved to be the game-winning runs.
Petit helped out his own cause in that frame, as he singled to the opposite field to score Sanchez with the third run of the inning.
“Put the ball in play,” said Petit, through interpreter Jose Alguacil.
Tony Abreu made his return to the team after missing the last 31 games with bursitis in his left knee, and made his presence in the field well known.
Abreu, starting in place of Marco Scutaro at second made a diving stab at a ball, got up threw to Joaquin Arias at second base who in turn threw to Posey to complete a dazzling double play.
Thirteen-game winner Patrick Corbin lasted only five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out six.
With the victory over the lefthander, the Giants won for just the third time in their 12 versus a left-handed pitcher.
In seven starts versus Corbin, this was just the second time that the Giants defeated the 13-game winner.
The Giants previously defeated Corbin on September 26, 2012 at AT&T Park, in what the second to last home game of what turned out to be a World Championship season.
The Diamondbacks attempted to make a game of it in the bottom of the seventh inning, as A.J. Pollock singled to leadoff the inning and then scored on an Adam Eaton singled with two outs to narrow the lead down to 5-2.
That brought the dangerous Paul Goldschmidt to the plate representing the tying run for the Diamondbacks.
Goldschmidt took a Jose Mijares offering to deep left-center field, but Gregor Blanco was able to track it down for the third out just in front of the warning track near the 413-foot mark.
The Giants added three more three in the top of the ninth, as Scutaro singled, then Arias singled, after a strikeout by Abreu, Posey came up with third hit of the afternoon and then Pence joined Posey in the three-hit club, as he singled.
“That is what you are hoping for from the heart of your lineup,” said Bochy.
All of the hits and runs came off of Heath Bell, who was shelled in 0.1 innings of work, as he allowed three runs on four hits and struck out one.
NOTES: Barry Zito will start for the Giants on Monday against the San Diego Padres from Petco Park, while the Padres will send former Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy in the series opener.
In 56 games versus the National League West this season, the Giants are now 32-24 (.571), the best of any team in the division.
This was the most runs scored by the Giants in a game since scoring 14 runs in a victory against the Miami Marlins on August 16 at Marlins Ballpark.
DOWN ON THE FARM: Four of the Giants six minor league affiliates will play in the postseason.
The San Jose Giants will make their California League record 10th consecutive playoff appearances.
Making the playoffs for the second time in the last seasons will be the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class-A South Atlantic League.
The Giants Short Season affiliate from the Northwest League, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.
Rookie level Arizona Giants also return to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 postseason.