SAN FRANCISCO – – Evan Longoria scored twice and drove in five carries as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 on Friday night for their 10th win in 11 games.
Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Wynns also went deep as the San Francisco Giants (79-78) surged above .500 for the first time since Aug. 17.
The Giants also held onto their tenuous wildcard hopes for five games remaining, though a loss or win by Philadelphia will eliminate them.
San Francisco is attempting to become the third team in major league history to finish at or above .500 after being eight games under 16 or fewer games to play. The last team to do so was the 1925 Cardinals.
Merrill Kelly (13-8), who came 3-0 this season with a 1.53 ERA against the Giants, served three homers and was tagged for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Longoria, who has missed a total of 54 games in three stints on the injury list, first hit a three-run drive in a four-run. In the next inning, he delivered a two-run homer to the middle. Twice this season he scored in both the first and second innings of a game.
Before Longoria’s homer in the second round, Joc Pederson went wild around the bases and started the inning with a three-pointer that bounced off the right-field wall and rebounded back into the infield. He came home to score in the game when Josh Roja’s throw from the outfield jumped past the cutoff man.
Alex Cobb (7-7) clinched the five-inning four-run win.
WILLIE MAC WINNER
INF Wilmer Flores was honored prior to the game as the recipient of the Giants’ 2022 Willie Mac Award, presented annually to the player who best embodies Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey’s “competitiveness, skill and leadership.” The award is voted for by Giants players, coaches, staff and fans.
Flores addressed the home crowd during a pregame presentation and got to catch his father Wilmer Sr.’s ceremonial first litter. He went into the night with just .231, but a sacrifice fly in the sixth gave him a team-high RBI of 71.
Diamondbacks: INF Ketel Marte was placed on the injured list for an unknown reason ahead of Friday’s game, ending his season. Marte was originally in the lineup at second base, but Rojas switched from third to second position and Emmanuel Rivera started in third position. Marte, who turns 29 later this month, hit .240 with 12 homers and 52 RBI in 137 games. INF Buddy Kennedy was recalled by Triple-A Reno to take his roster spot.
RHP Drey Jameson (2-0, 0.98) makes his fourth career start for Arizona on Saturday. He has only allowed two runs over 18 1/3 innings in his first three games. The Giants have yet to announce their starter.