The Diamondbacks had the pitcher’s spot due up fourth in the bottom of the seventh Sunday, but they still brought Archie Bradley, their best reliever, into the game in the top of the inning for just one out. They really, really wanted Bradley to face the heart of the Giants’ order in the eighth. The plan backfired.
Evan Longoria took Bradley deep to dead center at Chase Field, giving the Giants a one-run lead that held up. A 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks clinched a 4-2 road trip, their first winning trip since last summer.
The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but Sam Dyson got Ketel Marte to fly out to left. Will Smith closed it out in the ninth. Here's what else you need to know ...
— Longoria was 11-for-27 on the road trip with five extra-base hits, including two homers. He’s 15-for-42 since coming off the disabled list.
— Derek Holland didn’t allow five runs in the first inning, which was an improvement over the previous two Giants starters. He had another good one, allowing two earned in 5 1/3 innings. Since returning to the rotation, Holland has given up five earned in three starts.
— Andrew McCutchen reached base in eight consecutive plate appearances before Bradley caught him looking to end the seventh inning. McCutchen went 5-for-5 on Saturday night and walked, singled and walked in his first three plate appearances on Sunday.
— Ray Black pitched a perfect seventh. He’s up to 10 1/3 consecutive hitless innings.