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By Jeremy Kahn
Usually, the home run derby takes place at the All-Star Game, but there was one in the desert between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mike Yastrzemski hit his third home run of the game in the top of the 11th inning, helping the Giants to a 10-9 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
This was the first time in Yastrzemskis career that he hit three home runs in the same game, as the Giants have taken the first two games of this four-game series.
Yastrzemski ended up going 3-for-6 with those three home runs, and drove in four runs. His 16 home runs are the most by a Giants rookie since Buster Posey hit 18 in 2010, when the Giants won their first World Series since 1954.
Jarrett Parker was the last Giants player to hit three home runs in a game on September 26, 2015 against the Oakland As at the Coliseum.
Kevin Pillar hit two home runs for the Giants, who passed the Diamondbacks in the hunt for the Wild Card spot.
With the Giants leading 7-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Diamondbacks, as they scored five runs in the inning to tie up the game.
Eduardo Escobar hit a solo home run, then Wilmer Flores also hit a solo home run and then Adam Jones tied up the game with a three-run home run off of Tony Watson.
Pillar then gave the Giants the lead again in the top of the 10th inning, as he hit his second home run of the game and his 17th of the season.
Lost in the fact that the Giants won the game in extra innings was the fact that Jeff Samardzija pitched a great game, as he went five and a third innings, allowing two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four.
Former Giants pitcher Mike Leake went six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, not walking a batter and striking out three. Leake was in line for the loss until Jones hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that tied up the game.
Both the Giants and the Diamondbacks hit a combined 12 home runs in the game, as Pillar, Yastrzemski and Flores each hit at least two home runs in the game.
The usual Giants bullpen was not up to par, as seven Giants relievers went six and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out five. Fernando Abad, Reyes Moronta, Watson, Sam Coonrod, Jandel Gustave, Will Smith and Trevor Gott ended up in the game.
Smith gave up a game-tying home run to Nick Ahmed in the bottom of the 10th inning, as he was able to regroup to get the victory, his fifth win of the season without a loss.
Trevor Gott retired Christian Walker on a ground ball to Donovan Solano for the final out of the game. It was the first save of the season for Gott.
NOTES: Yastrzemskis grandfather Carl hit three home runs in the same game one time in his career, as he did it on May 19,1976 at Tiger Stadium against the Detroit Tigers.
Kyle Barraclough cleared waivers and was outrighted by the team to Triple-A Sacramento.
Johnny Cueto made his third start during his rehab, as he pitched for Class A San Jose at Visalia. Cueto went two and two-third innings, allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts.
UP NEXT: Logan Webb will make his major-league debut on Saturday night, as he takes the mound for the Giants. Merrill Kelly will take the mound for the Diamondbacks, as he looks for ninth win of the season.