SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford saved the day twice with late-inning offensive heroics. He never got a third chance, resting in the on-deck circle when the final out was recorded.
Pinch hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
The Diamonbacks beat San Francisco in 11 on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday, Crawford broke up a pitcher’s duel between Arizona’s Ian Kennedy and Giants’ Madison Bumgarner when he doubled home the first run of the game in the seventh.
After the Diamondbacks responded with runs in the eighth and ninth, Crawford hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the ninth to keep the Giants’ hopes alive.
“It’s always a good feeling to help the team win,” Crawford said. “That’s the goal. We all know we can come back. We’ve been doing that since last year. This time we just couldn’t hold them.”
Crawford’s recent 2-for-17 slide whittled his batting average to .296. With three hits on the day, he jumped back up to .320.
Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske was awarded a ground-rule double when Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, warming up in the bullpen, gloved his sharp liner down the third-base line. Parra then ran for Hinske and scored on Pollock’s single to center.
Arizona led 2-1 before Crawford hit a tying homer off David Hernandez (1-0) with one out in the ninth.
Bumgarner struck out seven in 7 1/3 innings, yielding one run and five hits. He retired 18 of 19 batters before Hinske’s double.