Ahmed homers twice, Diamondbacks beat Giants 9-3
PHOENIX (AP) — Nick Ahmed homered twice and had four RBIs, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three more runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on the San Francisco Giants early for a 9-3 victory on Saturday night.
Souza hit a two-run triple and Ketel Marte hit a two-run homer off Andrew Suarez (4-7) in Arizona’s second-straight five-run first inning against the Giants.
Ahmed had a run-scoring single in the first, a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the eighth.
Steven Duggar hit his first career home run and Andrew McCutchen had a solo shot for the only runs off Clay Buchholz (5-1), who won his fourth straight start. McCutchen had five hits and two RBIs.
The Diamondbacks jumped on starter Chris Stratton for five runs in the first inning of Friday’s win and did the same thing against Suarez.
Souza had a two-run triple and Ahmed followed with a run-scoring single. Marte made it 2-0 with a no-doubt two-run homer to center, his 10th of the season. Marte joins Stephen Drew (three times), Steve Finley (twice) and David Peralta as the only Arizona players with 10 homers and 10 triples in a season.
Souza had a run-scoring double that just missed going out in center in the fifth inning. Ahmed followed with a shot to left that did clear the wall for a two-run homer to put Arizona up 8-2.
Suarez allowed eight runs on 10 hits in five innings.
Buchholz was sharp except for a couple of breaking balls: One that McCutchen hit for a solo homer in the third inning, another Duggar hit for a solo shot in the fourth.
Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings.
San Francisco recalled RHPs Derek Law and Pierce Johnson from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Saturday’s game, and optioned Stratton and infielder Kelby Tomlinson to the River Cats. Stratton struggled against the Diamondbacks on Friday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in three innings of a 6-3 loss.
Giants: C Buster Posey was held out of the lineup under concussion protocol after leaving Friday’s game due to a foul ball off his mask. He worked in the field before Saturday’s game and could play Sunday if he remains symptom free.
Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo returned to the dugout after missing Friday’s game due to an illness.
Arizona LHP Robbie Ray is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 career starts against the Giants heading into Sunday’s season finale. Giants starter Derek Holland is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.
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