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Season over -- Giants routed in Arizona

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Season over -- Giants routed in Arizona

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PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson is looking for a strong finish heading into the postseason.Sure looked pretty good Saturday night.Ian Kennedy pitched six innings to earn his NL-best 21st win and Arizona routed the San Francisco Giants 15-2, eliminating the defending World Series champions from the playoff picture."We played good today, we played very loose," Gibson said. "You got out in the first inning like that, having Ian on the mound settle things down, pitched well, got to play everybody, pitched a lot of guys and managed (Kennedy's) pitch count."Gerardo Parra had two hits and four RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who scored six times in the first and equaled their highest scoring game of the season. Ryan Roberts drove in three runs.Arizona also matched a franchise record with 13 walks one night after it beat San Francisco 3-1 to clinch the NL West title. The Diamondbacks also had 13 walks in a 5-4, 13-inning victory against Houston on June 5, 2002.The 13 walks also tied a San Francisco record, accomplished three times previously."It was an ugly game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It started out bad and got worse. We walked 13 hitters, and that should not happen."San Francisco was eliminated from the wild-card race with the loss. The Giants fell behind Arizona when they lost to Pittsburgh on Aug. 10 and never regained first place in the division.Kennedy (21-4) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out four and walked two while throwing 86 pitches. The right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last seven starts."I felt I did my job and knew my pitch count would be held down," he said. "I was around 85 and I guess if the game was closer, I would have stayed in longer. It was nice to get the offense going, and happy I was able to contribute."The Diamondbacks remained one game back of Milwaukee for the second-best record in the National League, with home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs at stake."We want to go out there and give 100 percent and we don't want to give any games away and tonight was no different," Roberts said.Arizona jumped out to a quick lead against Eric Surkamp (2-1), who walked four and recorded just two outs. Roberts and Parra each had a two-run single, and Kennedy capped the big first inning with a two-run double.The Giants experienced some bad luck on Parra's hit, with second baseman Mike Fontenot running into second base umpire Bruce Dreckman. The collision allowed the routine grounder to go into center field, scoring Paul Goldschmidt and Roberts.The Diamondbacks added five more runs in the sixth, and the rout was on. Roberts had another run-scoring single, lumbering catcher Henry Blanco tripled home a run and pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs added an RBI single for an 11-2 lead.Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs for San Francisco, which allowed a season high for runs.The Diamondbacks improved to 92-66, tying for the third-most victories in franchise history. They won 100 in 1999 and 96 in 2002.NOTES: With the Diamondbacks batting in the bottom of the seventh, Chase Field experienced a power failure. Play resumed after a delay of 27 minutes. ... Gibson announced starter Jarrod Parker, the team's top draft pick in 2007, will make his major league debut Tuesday against the Dodgers. ... Blanco's triple was the 11th of his career and his first since Sept. 10, 2006, with the Chicago Cubs. ... When the Giants return home Monday, they will set an single-season franchise attendance record. In 2011, they sold 3,261,104 tickets, and will sell out every game. ... Tim Lincecum (13-13, 2.59 ERA) will start for the Giants on Sunday, and Josh Collmenter (9-10, 3.42) will pitch for Arizona. ... The crowd of 49,076 was the third sellout of the season for the Diamondbacks.

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

Giants lineup: Pence leading off, lefties back in against D'backs

After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.

Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Arizona Diamondbacks:
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P

Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

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Three teams chasing Giants in tight race for first overall pick

LOS ANGELES — The Giants have a pretty strong track record when picking in the top five of the MLB Draft. In 1985, they took Will Clark with the second overall selection, and Clark remains the highest-drafted player in franchise history. A year later, Matt Williams was taken third overall. Jason Grilli at No. 4 in 1997 is rather forgettable, but taking Buster Posey with the fifth pick in 2008 led to three titles. 

With a week of baseball remaining, the Giants are a lock to pick in the top four of next year’s draft. A few days ago, they looked like a pretty strong bet to pick first overall, but the standings — the bottom of them, at least — have tightened in recent days. Here’s a look at the contenders, so to speak … 

White Sox (63-92): No team went into tank mode this year quite like Chicago, with trades of just about every big piece on the roster. But a funny thing has happened … they’ve actually played decent baseball down the stretch. The White Sox are 11-12 in September after a blowout of the Royals on Sunday. They finish up with four against the Angels and three against the Indians, so they should get pretty close to 100 losses. 

Phillies (62-94): They have looked all along like the team to beat, but they hurt their top-pick chances by taking three of four from the Dodgers last week. They host the Nationals and Mets this week. 

Tigers (62-94): All of a sudden, they’re the biggest road block for the Giants. The Tigers have lost seven straight and they’re 4-20 in September. They finish up with three against the Royals and three against the Twins, and all six games are on the road. 

Giants (61-95): Can we stop for a moment and appreciate this. We’ve been talking about it for five months, but still, it’s pretty amazing that a $200 million team is headed into the final week with a very good shot at having the worst record in Major League Baseball. What an awful season this has been. Having said that, the Giants have not shown any signs of actually tanking, and manager Bruce Bochy said this weekend that he won’t shut any players down. So, it’s on to Phoenix, where the Giants have lost six of seven this season but the Diamondbacks might chill out a bit after clinching a postseason spot. They’ll face Zack Godley, Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke. The season ends with three at home against the Padres. The Giants have struggled against the Padres for the last year and a half, but they’ll have Matt Cain going in an emotional start and Madison Bumgarner will also get a game.