September 26, 2020

Bloomquist comes through with tiebreaking triple

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willie Bloomquist hit a go-ahead tworun triple after Ryan Roberts’ solo homer tied it in the eighth,
and the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks extended their division cushion to a seasonbest seven games with a 4-1 win
over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

The D-backs finally delivered for Daniel Hudson (15-9) when they got to All-Star Ryan Vogelsong in the eighth. Until then, Cody Ross’ first-inning home run had held up. Hudson won his third straight start, helping Arizona (80-60) leave the Bay Area for Colorado in a comfortable spot with 22 games to go.

The defending World Series champion Giants considered this a must-win series to keep their faint playoff hopes alive but lost
the final two.

Hudson allowed one run on three hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings. David Hernandez went 1-2-3 in the eighth and J.J. Putz pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save. San Francisco failed to win a seventh straight home series at sold-out AT&T Park since taking two of three from Milwaukee on July 22-24.

Roberts drove a 2-0 pitch from Vogelsong (10-6) into the leftfield bleachers to start the eighthinning rally. After Gerardo Parra
followed with an infield single, Vogelsong’s day was done. Jeremy Affeldt was called upon to face pinch-hitter Geoff Blum,
while Vogelsong walked off to a standing ovation and tipped his cap.

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