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Jul 19, 7:37 PM EDT

Maxwell hits HR, Pence has key hit as Giants beat D-backs

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner and four relievers scattered nine hits and Justin Maxwell homered, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday.

Bumgarner (10-5) pitched five innings for the win, allowing a run and four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in his first start since July 10. The Giants won their sixth straight game and swept their second straight three-game series.

The Diamondbacks have lost six straight.

Maxwell's seventh home run of the season gave the Giants a 1-0 lead off Arizona starter Patrick Corbin in the second inning, but Corbin's hustle helped even the score in the bottom of the second when he beat the throw from second base on a double-play attempt.

With the bases loaded and one out, Corbin grounded to Brandon Crawford at shortstop, who got one out at second. Joe Panik's throw to first base was ruled in time to get Corbin, but Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale challenged the call and after review, it was overturned.

Welington Castillo scored from third on the play.

Hunter Pence's double in the third put the Giants ahead.

Bumgarner, fresh off his third career All-Star Game, improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts at Chase Field.

George Kontos tossed two innings of scoreless relief. Javier Lopez, Hunter Strickland and Santiago Casilla combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, with Casilla earning his 24th save.

With a single, the Giants' Buster Posey has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games.

Corbin (1-2) was charged with both runs and took the loss on his 26th birthday. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.


Maxwell not only contributed with the bat, he was also handy with the glove. He took a hit away from the Diamondbacks' Ender Inciarte with a diving catch of a sinking liner to left-center field to end the fifth inning.


Giants: The Giants placed backup C Andrew Susac on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb before Sunday's game. Susac was injured in Saturday night's game. ... Relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt (left shoulder strain) threw his second rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday and is getting closer to returning to the major-league roster, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Diamondbacks: Starting pitcher Chase Anderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps inflammation after pitching 3 2/3 innings on Saturday.


Giants: RHP Tim Hudson is scheduled to face San Diego on Monday night after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Hudson (5-7) seeks his 220th career win and is 7-4 with a 2.89 earned run average in his career against the Padres.

Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (6-5) pitches the series opener against Miami on Monday in Phoenix. He's 4-1 in nine home starts, and the Diamondbacks are 5-4 in those starts.

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