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Samardzija slips in seventh, Giants dropped by D'backs in San Francisco

Samardzija slips in seventh, Giants dropped by D'backs in San Francisco

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Baseball fans gasped in horror when Robbie Ray was struck in the head by a line drive earlier this summer.

These days Ray isn't expecting anyone to feel sorry for him. The lefty has been as dominant as ever since coming off the disabled list.

Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollock hit a two-run double as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday night.

Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road.

Ray has a 1.39 ERA in his last five starts since coming off the disabled list with a concussion after getting hit by a line drive on July 28.

"It's almost a blessing in disguise, to be able to take that time off and get my mind right get my body right, I feel like it's helped out," Ray said. "Honestly, I feel stronger now with everything, I feel in synch. Ready to keep it going."

Arizona reduced its magic number for clinching its first postseason berth since 2011 to seven.

The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 when Pollock doubled in two runs off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (9-14) in the seventh inning.

Daniel Descalso started the rally with a two-out single that snapped a streak of 14 straight batters Samardzija had retired.

"You've got to get some runners on and put some pressure on him, because he was really, really on a roll there," Pollock said. "They did a great job in front of me and I was able to get just enough of that down the line. That's baseball man, just enough to get the runners in."

Samardzija gave up three runs, six hits and no walks in eight innings

It marked just the eighth time this season that both teams allowed no walks.

Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 37th save.

"I hate to lose, everybody hates to lose," Samardzija said. "That's the way it goes. It's frustrating."

CLOSE CALL

Ray was nearly hit with a line drive when Kelby Tomlinson singled up the middle in the third inning.

GIANT CLAIM

The Giants claimed INF Engelb Vielma from the Minnesota Twins. They transferred INF/OF Michael Morse to the 60-day disabled list to make room for the 23-year-old defensive standout on their 40-man roster.

AGELESS MARVEL

Comic book legend Stan Lee, 95, yelled "play ball" from the field before Friday's game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF J. D. Martinez was a late lineup scratch with neck stiffness and day-to-day, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Martinez is batting .451 (23 for 51) with 10 homers and 20 RBIs over his last 12 games. ... C Jeff Mathis (fractured right hand) is with the team and is ramping up hand-strengthening exercises, Lovullo said. Mathis will meet with surgeon Dr. Don Sheridan next week when the team returns to Arizona. He's been on the DL since Aug. 22.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon is back with the team and has started rehabbing after undergoing pronator surgery on his right forearm earlier this week. There were no complications with the procedure, manager Bruce Bochy said. ... RF Hunter Pence left the game in the eighth inning with back spasms after diving for Descalso's fly ball in seventh inning. ... OF Gorkys Hernandez went into Friday's game as a defensive substitute in center field despite suffering a left wrist sprain that Bochy said has been bothering him the past few weeks.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks ace RHP Zack Greinke (16-6, 2.99 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last four starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six career starts at AT&T Park.

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-8, 3.55) is 0-3 with a 6.50 ERA in his last three starts. The 2014 World Series MVP is 1-4 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”