PHOENIX — Coughlin High School grad Ray Black recorded his first career major league win on Sunday, helping the San Francisco Giants edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2.
With the score tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Black came in from the bullpen and pitched a 1-2-3 frame to keep it tied. The hard-throwing right-hander earned the decision when Evan Longoria hit a solo home run in the eighth to put the Giants ahead for good.
Longoria drilled Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley’s 2-2, 97 mile-per-hour fastball with one out into the outcropping of seats in left-center field. It was Longoria’s 12th home run of the season.
“You just try to get the barrel on the ball. I thought it might go,” Longoria said. “The wall is pretty high out there so you have to hit it pretty high. I’m glad it just scraped over.”
The Diamondbacks’ loss and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win Sunday created a tie for first place atop the NL West between the two teams.
Bradley (3-3) entered the game leading the NL in holds with 30. He had not allowed a run to the Giants in 12 straight games against them.
“Archie just made a mistake to a really good hitter,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I thought he threw the ball well outside of that.”
Prior to that, Black faced Arizona’s 6-7-8 hitters — Nick Ahmed, Jon Jay and John Ryan Murphy — getting a line out, a ground out and a pop-up to retire the side in 12 pitches, nine of which he threw for strikes. He lowered his ERA to 2.53 in 11 appearances this year.
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with two outs against Giants relievers Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, but Dyson got Ketel Marte to fly out to end the inning.
Will Smith retired the Diamondbacks in order with two strikeouts in the ninth for his seventh save.
“The pitching was there and we needed it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game for concussion testing. Posey played first base and reached base twice.
Both starters lasted 5 1/3 innings in no-decision efforts. The Giants’ Derek Holland allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six with two walks. The Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray walked four and struck out eight, giving up two runs on seven hits.
Steven Souza Jr.’s third home run of the season sailed into the left field seats and gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the second inning. But the Giants tied the game in the third.
Longoria, who had three hits on the day, beat the defensive shift with a two-out single to drive in Andrew McCutchen. He has reached base in eight of his last nine plate appearances.
Marte bounced a single to right field to drive in Eduardo Escobar from second base for a 2-1 Diamondbacks lead in the fourth.
The Giants had a chance for a big inning in the sixth. Longoria led off with a double and scored on Nick Hundley’s single, but Hundley was thrown out by left fielder David Peralta trying to reach second base on the hit. Austin Slater followed with a single and reached third base before the inning ended with Yoshihisa Hirano striking out Gorkys Hernandez.