San Francisco Giants pitch hitter Darin Ruf reacts to facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (AP Photo / Darryl Webb)
Evan Longoria had three hits, including a three-run homer and drove in four, Kevin Gausman hit nine in five scoreless innings, and San Francisco broke a three-game loss with an 8-0 win over Arizona on Tuesday night.
Longoria hit his sixth homer of the season in the third inning with a 6-0 lead over Corbin Martin (0-2) and doubled in the seventh run. He also went and met twice. Longoria has faced at Chase Field with six homers and 20 RBIs in 18 games .391 since joining the Giants in 2018.
“I love to hit here,” said Longoria. “It reminds me of my days in Tampa. I love the dome atmosphere. As a hitter, when conditions are static, when you don’t have to worry about wind or sun, it’s one less thing to worry about.
“Obviously the ball flies well. The gaps are large. There are many ways to score, and not just to hit over the fence, at this stadium. It’s pretty comforting for the thugs to have that in mind. “
Gausman (5-0) gave up five hits and two walks, leaving only one runner past second base while lowering his ERA to 1.53. He has given up one or fewer runs in nine of his ten starts this season, including his last seven.
“I wasn’t very crisp, but I took a few big steps when I had to,” said Gausman. “Even if I missed my seat, it seemed to work.”
Brandon Crawford had two hits and his double with two outs and three runs in the first inning gave the Giants (29-19) an early 3-0 lead. Crawford has 22 RBIs in games as of May 18.
“That was a monster in the bat,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler of Crawford’s nine-pitch bat. “He finally won the battle. Regardless of the result of the bats, I have the feeling that he was really tough, maybe tougher than last year. “
Nick Ahmed had two doubles and Pavin Smith had two hits for the Diamondbacks (18-31), who have lost nine in a row and 18 of their last 21.
They were 0:10 with runners in goal position, 0: 8 against Gausman.
Giants: 1B Brandon Belt (side) was hit in the ninth inning after a visit from the Giants coach and is undergoing further testing, Kapler said. … IF Wilmer Flores (thigh) tee off, played catch and took floor balls on Sunday. … RHP Logan Webb (shoulder) played catch at 90 feet with no problem on Sunday.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener (right groin) was added to the injured list on Tuesday and RHP Jon Duplantier was recalled by Triple-A Reno. Duplantier is a candidate to fill Widener’s place in the starting rotation, said manager Torey Lovullo. … 1B Christian Walker (oblique) has played two games as part of a rehab assignment at Reno and seems to be about to return. … RHP Chris Devenski (bracelet) is supported by Dr. Keith Meister is operating. The extent of the damage was not determined.
A LONG TIME AGO
Only the New York Mets (17) have played fewer home games than Arizona, who played nine games at home on Tuesday 9: 9. The Diamondbacks are up 9-21 and have lost their last 13 away.
“We know we’ve been a little challenged with our schedule, but that’s part of the game and we appreciate that,” said Lovullo. “We know what our road record the last couple of trips are. It will be nice to have a nice stretch of home games. “
The Diamondbacks lost eight games to Dodgers and 7 1/2 games to San Diego during their losing streak.
HAVE A HIGH FLIGHT
Gausman has given up one or no runs on each of his last seven starts, and his outing on Tuesday was the first of fewer than six innings in that period. Working on a $ 18.9 million one-year contract, Gausman has 58 strikes in 41 innings and gives up just 28 hits on those seven starts.
The San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 3.34 ERA) will face Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (2-5, 5.05) in the final of the two-game series at Chase Field.