User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Giants, Gaudin humble Diamondbacks, 2-0

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chad Gaudin struck out eight in seven scoreless innings to build on his impressive monthlong stretch, All-Star Buster Posey hit an RBI double, and the San Francisco Giants beat the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 on Friday night.

Advertisement
Hunter Pence added a run-scoring single as defending World Series champion San Francisco started a key series to open the second half by pulling within 5 1/2 games of the D-backs in the NL West race.

Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (3-7) was denied career win No. 50 yet again in his eighth try.

In his past four starts, Gaudin (4-1) has a 0.77 ERA, two earned runs in 23 1-3 innings. He has an 11-inning scoreless streak.

Gaudin is unbeaten in seven starts since joining the rotation in early June to replace the injured Ryan Vogelsong.

His only loss came in relief during an extra-inning loss April 24 against Arizona at home.

Gaudin also got a defensive gem from Giants rookie Kensuke Tanaka. The converted infielder made a sliding catch near the foul line in left field, reaching back over his head after overrunning the play to rob Paul Goldschmidt leading off the fourth. Gaudin tipped his cap to the outfielder.

The Giants are determined to put some steady play together - and Gaudin's stellar outing was a start. The club began a key stretch with 10 games at home in AT&T Park, including Tuesday's doubleheader with the Reds in which Cincinnati is the home team in the opener to make up a July 4 rainout in Ohio.

Gaudin allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter for the second time in his seven starts. Sergio Romo, the Giants' fifth reliever, finished the five-hitter for his 22nd save and San Francisco's 10th shutout. Arizona was blanked for just the second time after losing 3-0 to Atlanta on June 28.

Santiago Casilla escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Romo has a 29-game scoreless streak against the D-backs spanning 21 2-3 innings and dating to Sept. 6, 2010.

Kennedy lost his third straight during an eight-start winless streak in which he went 0-3 since beating the Cubs on June 1 in Chicago.

He even shaved his beard during the All-Star break to try to get on track.

The right-hander said he had a professional barber give him the trim Monday, his first in 26 months since his daughter, Nora, was born in late April 2011.

``I needed a change,'' he said.

But Arizona lost its sixth straight second-half opener.

Notes: D-backs RHP Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to pitch a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Reno and likely one more after that before being re-evaluated. He collapsed at a Phoenix restaurant last month with a seizure related to the head injury he sustained while pitching last September. ... Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong, who had surgery May 21 a day after breaking two bones in the pinkie area of his pitching hand, will face live hitters for the first time Saturday and could begin a rehab assignment early next week probably beginning with Class A San Jose before going to Double-A Richmond during the team's next road trip out East. ... San Francisco INF Joaquin Arias isn't likely to come off the DL on Tuesday when eligible as he returns from an emergency appendectomy. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan has begun baseball activities and agility work in Arizona as he tries to work back before season's end from left hamstring surgery. ... Giants Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons celebrated his 90th birthday and threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 41,924. ``It always has surprised me,'' Simmons said of the support. ... All-Star fathers: Giants Jeff Francoeur and Sandy Rosario each welcomed baby girls during the break, Emma Francoeur on Monday in Atlanta and Saadet Rosario on Thursday in New Jersey.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Tuesday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Tuesday
Lawrence: September Pitchers Report
Indians activate OF Ryan Raburn
Blue Jays activated Morrow from DL
Cardinals activate Motte off DL
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
4-1 L5, 33-18 +1,967 L51, +4,228
9-4 L7 Days, 21-8 G-Plays
17-8 L25 G-Plays, +3,520 TY
+2,443 Overall This Year
16-6 L22, 23-8 +1,568 Win Streak
24-13 Last 37 Guarantees
13-5 L18 G-Plays, 18-8 +1,167 Run
12-4 L16 Guaranteed Plays
6-3 +355 L5 Days, +2,385 TY
9-3 Last 12 Guarantees
4-0, +485 Yesterday
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Cincinnati Reds at Baltimore Orioles
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 6868
Kevin Rogers + 4228
Doc's Sports + 3520
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2728
Kevin Rogers + 2316
Dave Cokin + 2104
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1791
Tony Stoffo + 1745
Joe Williams + 643
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2177
Dave Cokin + 1450
Kyle Hunter + 1320
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2262
Kevin Rogers + 2027
Mike Rose + 1372
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 3378
Kevin Rogers + 2498
Doc's Sports + 1165
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy