Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, July 11
San Francisco5
Game 2: Saturday, July 12
San Francisco0
Game 3: Sunday, July 13
San Francisco8

Diamondbacks 4

(40-56, 23-25 away)

Giants 8

(53-43, 28-25 home)

    4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2014

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    ARI 001000300 4 10 2
    SF 00004400 - 8 9 0

    W: M. Bumgarner (10-7)

    L: V. Nuno (0-1)

    Diamondbacks-Giants Preview


    Having struggled for much of the past month, the San Francisco Giants still have a chance to go into the All-Star break in first place.

    They'll likely need a much improved showing from Madison Bumgarner to do it as he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    San Francisco (51-43) was shut out for the sixth time in 19 contests with a 2-0 defeat to Arizona on Saturday. The Giants have dropped 16 of 21 at home and are an NL-worst 9-22 overall since June 9 to see their 9 1/2-game lead in the West disappear.

    "It's almost impossible to play the way we've been playing for six months," said Marco Scutaro, who was 0 for 3 in his season debut after being out with a back problem. "It's not a sprint. It's a marathon. Our time is going to come sooner or later. We need to stay strong and keep fighting."

    Buster Posey is in a 5-for-34 slump (.147) for the Giants, who have averaged 2.2 runs in their last 19 games while batting .136 with runners in scoring position and .201 overall.

    Bumgarner (9-7, 3.36 ERA) hasn't aided his team by going 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA since beating the Diamondbacks in a 4-1 win June 22. The left-hander gave up one unearned run and two hits in eight innings that day, but he's since given up at least five runs in three straight outings. He was tagged for season highs of six runs and 10 hits in seven innings of Tuesday's 6-1 loss in Oakland.

    "It (stinks). I felt like I threw the ball pretty good tonight," Bumgarner said. "The line says differently. I felt like I made good pitches. They just happened to find holes."

    Bumgarner might have a chance for a better performance against Arizona, given that he's 2-1 with a 1.02 ERA in his last seven matchups. He has a 0.89 ERA in his last three home starts against the Diamondbacks -- all in 2013 -- but has a 5.16 ERA at AT&T Park this year and is 0-3 in his last four starts there.

    Arizona's Vidal Nuno (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start against the Giants and second since being acquired from the New York Yankees last Sunday.

    The left-hander tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high seven in his Diamondbacks debut Tuesday against Miami, but his new team gave up two runs in the ninth in a 2-1 home defeat.

    "He was great," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "Threw all his pitches, moved the ball around, had great command of the strike zone, knew how to use his pitches. He gave us seven great innings. He did his job for sure."

    All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has reached base safely in a career-best 32 straight games. It's the longest streak by an Arizona player since Orlando Hudson's 33-game run in 2007.

    Goldschmidt is batting .436 during an 11-game hitting streak. He's 3 for 16 against Bumgarner.

    The Diamondbacks (40-55) have won four of six and can avoid entering the break with the NL's worst record if they win this game and either Colorado or Chicago loses Sunday.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ArizonaSan Francisco
    Current StreakL1W2
    Last 102-84-6

    Pitching Matchup

    ArizonaSan Francisco
    V. Nuno
    2-12, 4.56 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at MIN
    5.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Bumgarner
    18-10, 2.98 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 at LAD
    7.1 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ArizonaSan Francisco
    1. E. Inciarte, CF H. Pence, RF
    2. M. Prado, 3B G. Blanco, CF
    3. P. Goldschmidt, 1B P. Sandoval, 3B
    4. M. Trumbo, LF B. Posey, C
    5. A. Hill, 2B M. Morse, 1B
    6. C. Ross, RF J. Arias, 1B
    7. T. Gosewisch, C E. Adrianza, 2B
    8. N. Ahmed, SS B. Crawford, SS
    9. V. Nuno, P M. Bumgarner, P

    Research Notes

    Madison Bumgarner has given up 54 hits off of his slider this year, the most in the majors. Bumgarner throws his slider 38.3 percent of the time, second most in the majors amongst qualified pitchers.
    Over the past 75 years, Madison Bumgarner has as many grand slams as all other Giants pitchers combined (have asked Elias for all-time).
    With his 6th-inning grand slam today, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner now has 12 RBI on the season. That is the most RBI by a Giants pitcher since Juan Marichal had 15 in 1966.

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