Series: Game 3 of 3

San Francisco won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, September 28
San Francisco4
Game 2: Wednesday, September 29
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Game 3: Thursday, September 30
San Francisco4

Diamondbacks 1

(64-95, 24-54 away)

Giants 4

(91-68, 48-30 home)

    3:45 PM ET, September 30, 2010

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: M. Bumgarner (7-6)

    L: B. Enright (6-7)

    S: R. Ramirez (1)

    Giants complete three-game sweep of Diamondbacks

    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy has said all along the NL West race would probably come down to the season's final weekend -- and it will.

    His San Francisco Giants have put themselves in prime position: They need only one victory against the visiting San Diego Padres in their season-ending three-game series to win the division and end a six-year playoff drought.

    Pablo Sandoval hit a splash shot into McCovey Cove, Andres Torres and Buster Posey also homered and the Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Thursday, moving them closer to their first NL West crown since 2003.

    Bochy said the days of team meetings are over. His players understand the stakes.

    "We've got to go out there and go hard," Bochy said. "Yeah, we put ourselves in good position but we've got games ahead of us. They know it. They're very much aware of where we're at."

    San Francisco's win, coupled with San Diego's 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs later Thursday, left the Giants' magic number to win the division at one. Even if the Padres sweep this weekend's series, the teams would be tied for the title.

    The Giants completed a three-game sweep, won their fourth straight and eighth in 10 to cut their magic number to two.

    Matt Cain (13-10) starts Friday night's series opener for San Francisco. It could be to clinch -- and it's expected to be an electrifying scene at AT&T Park for all three sold-out games.

    "We've put ourselves in a good situation and got done what we needed to get done today," Cain said. "I've got to go and do the same things I've done before. Same preparation."

    Torres' go-ahead solo homer in the fifth inning helped rookie Madison Bumgarner (7-6) earn his first home victory in eight tries. Posey hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the rookie's seventh shot in September.

    Overall, the Giants have hit 16 home runs in their last seven games. Pat Burrell had a three-run drive Wednesday night.

    "We have one guy hitting a home run one night and another guy hitting a home run another night," Sandoval said.

    Barry Enright (6-7) lost his fifth straight start. He has given up 12 homers during that span after surrendering just eight longballs in his previous 12 outings.

    "We want to be in their position next year," Enright said. "We still have a few games left but it's exciting to think about some of the guys coming back next year."

    New Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said he hopes to decide on a manager "shortly after the season" ends. He has spent time in recent days with interim Kirk Gibson, who hopes to stay on for 2011.

    Sandoval's solo shot into the water beyond right field with two outs in the second prompted one of two kayakers paddling for the ball to jump out of his boat and swim to snag the souvenir.

    It was the first home run for the struggling slugger since Aug. 28, a homerless stretch of 66 at-bats. Sandoval has just 12 hits in his last 63 at-bats. He insists he is more relaxed lately and finding his stroke again.

    "This is the same Pablo as last year," he said.

    Sandoval connected for his fourth career splash hit and second this year. It was the fifth by a Giant in 2010, 55th by San Francisco overall and 77th total in the 11-year ballpark's history. Barry Bonds, the home run king, has 35 of them.

    Arizona loaded the bases against Bumgarner in the fourth, getting Enright's sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.

    Bumgarner had been 0-3 at home with a 4.95 ERA before winning Thursday. He struck out seven and walked one in five innings, allowing seven hits and one run.

    The 21-year-old lefty pitched on an extra day's rest after he had his start pushed back a day as ace Tim Lincecum pitched Wednesday night on normal rest. Bumgarner has allowed only five earned runs in his last 38 innings over his last six starts.

    "It feels pretty good," he said of the Giants' position. "We're going to try to get it tomorrow, but we're not penciled in yet."

    Ramon Ramirez pitched the ninth for his third save in as many tries as the Giants completed their third sweep of the season against Arizona. With a three-run cushion, Bochy gave All-Star closer Brian Wilson a break after he saved back-to-back games with a five-out effort Tuesday.

    Moments after the final out, three concession workers on the lower concourse raised brooms into the air and chanted "Sweep! Sweep!"

    Arizona struck out 12 times after 14 Ks in Wednesday's 3-1 loss. The Giants' pitching staff has a majors-best 1,306 strikeouts and established a San Francisco single-season franchise record, topping last year's total of 1,302.

    Game notes

    Posey also hit seven home runs in July. He'd been in a 1-for-19 stretch before the homer. ... Second baseman Freddy Sanchez returned to the Giants' starting lineup after missing the first two games of the series with a strained right shoulder. ... Struggling third baseman Mark Reynolds was back in the D-backs' starting lineup after missing three straight starts with a sore thumb. He is in an 0-for-19 funk and is just three for his last 34.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumAT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
    Attendance37,261 (88.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:26
    Weather72 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind9 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Bill Miller, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Reilly

    Research Notes

    How Giants starter Madison Bumgarner beat the D-Backs, pushing his team closer to a playoff berth: Mixed up his repertoire: - In his previous two starts against Arizona, Bumgarner threw his fastball 65 percent of the time and his slider 15 percent of the time. - On Thursday, however, he changed things up. He threw his fastball 47 percent of the time, second least frequently in a start this season, and his slider a whopping 41 percent of time, most often of any start. - Bumgarner's fastball got him into trouble and his slider got him out of trouble. Hitters were 5-for-7 off his fastball, but just 1-for-10 against his slider, including 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Overall, the Diamondbacks were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. - Relying more on his slider helped Bumgarner miss more bats than usual. His miss percentage was 28 percent, highest in a start this season. - Bumgarner struck out seven, including a season-high five on his slider. Three of his four highest strikeout totals this season have come against the free-swinging Diamondbacks.
    Ramon Ramirez got the save for the Giants on Thursday. The right-hander has experienced quite a turnaround since coming to the Giants in trade from the Red Sox earlier this season.

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