Rookie comes through again for Gi­ants

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ST. LOUIS >> San Fran­cisco Gi­ants rookie Chris­tian Arroyo has al­ready had some mem­o­rable big league mo­ments. He added per­haps his big­gest on Satur­day night. Arroyo’s two-run dou­ble broke a score­less tie and the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 3-1 in 13 in­nings. Arroyo’s dou­ble off the wall in left field scored Buster Posey and Bran­don Craw­ford and came on the 12th pitch he saw from Car­di­nals re­liever Kevin Siegrist. Posey, Craw­ford and Ed­uardo Nunez had sin­gled to load the bases, giv­ing the Gi­ants their first run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion. “He (Siegrist) did a great job for a lefty throw­ing at the in­side part of the plate with author­ity,” Arroyo said. “I just kind of went into bat­tle mode and tried to stay as free as I could and not get locked up.” Mac Wil­liamson fol­lowed with a sac­ri­fice fly to score Nunez.

Gi­ants starter Jeff Sa­mardz­ija threw eight in­nings, scat­ter­ing five hits and strik­ing out eight. He threw 75 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

“He’s pitch­ing right now,” Gi­ants man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s got four pitches go­ing and with com­mand. First-pitch strikes and qual­ity strikes.”

It was the fourth straight start that Sa­mardz­ija didn’t sur­ren­der a walk. He has 36 strike­outs dur­ing that span. “I thought my fast­ball was there tonight, when I needed a strike, a qual­ity strike, I could go to my fast­ball,” Sa­mardz­ija said. “The curve­ball too, I could throw my curve­ball for a strike and it just gave me an­other di­men­sion.”

Hunter Strick­land, Derek Law and Josh Osich pitched in relief for the Gi­ants, who won for the sev­enth time in eight games.

Mar­lins 10, Dodgers 6

LOS AN­GE­LES >> Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit three dou­bles in a game for the first time in his ca­reer and Dan Straily didn’t al­low a hit un­til the fifth in­ning as Mi­ami snapped a five-game skid with a vic­tory over Los An­ge­les.

J.T. Rid­dle had three hits, in­clud­ing a home run, and four RBIs for the Mar­lins, who had lost 10 of their pre­vi­ous 11 games.

Reds 12, Rock­ies 8

CINCIN­NATI >> Scott Schebler’s homer com­pleted Cincin­nati’s come­back from a five-run deficit, and the Reds ended a seven-game los­ing streak — their long­est in a year — with a vic­tory over Colorado.

Braves 5, Na­tion­als 2

AT­LANTA >> Rio Ruiz, Matt Kemp and Tyler Flow­ers hit home runs and At­lanta again re­lied on its bullpen for a vic­tory over Max Scherzer and Wash­ing­ton, the Na­tion­als’ fourth straight loss.

Pi­rates 6, Phillies 3

PITTS­BURGH >> Ivan Nova pitched into the eighth in­ning for his first win in four starts since April 29, lead­ing Pitts­burgh past Philadel­phia.

Di­a­mond­backs 9, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO >> Rob­bie Ray took a shutout into the eighth in­ning, David Per­alta had four hits, and Ari­zona beat San Diego for its fifth straight win.

Cubs-Brew­ers, ppd., rain

CHICAGO >> The game be­tween Mil­wau­kee and Chicago was rained out. The game will be made up on July 6.

Ath­let­ics 8, Red Sox 3

OAK­LAND, CALIF. >> Chad Pin­der hit a mon­ster home run, Khris Davis and Mark Canha also con­nected in the fifth in­ning, and Oak­land cleared the fences four times in all to beat Bos­ton for its third straight win.

Rays 9,Yan­kees 5

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. >> Corey Dick­er­son home­red twice and Tampa Bay won its sea­son-high fourth in a row, beat­ing New York in a game that in­cluded three hit bat­ters, three ejec­tions and one an­i­mated ar­gu­ment.

Roy­als-Twins, ppd., rain

MIN­NEAPO­LIS >> Min­nesota post­poned its game against Kansas City be­cause of rain, prompt­ing a dou­ble­header to fin­ish the se­ries to­day.

In­di­ans 3,Astros 0

HOUS­TON >> Mike Clevinger pitched no-hit ball into the sev­enth in­ning, and An­drew Miller and Cody Allen com­pleted the three-hit­ter to pitch Cleve­land past Hous­ton. Clevinger yielded two hits and struck out a ca­reer-high eight in 7-plus in­nings, the long­est out­ing of his ca­reer.

Ori­oles 7, Blue Jays 5

BAL­TI­MORE >> Wel­ing­ton Castillo hit a go-ahead home run for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game to lead Bal­ti­more past Toronto at sold-out Cam­den Yards.

White Sox 16, Mariners 1

SEAT­TLE >> Avi­sail Gar­cia home­red in his first two at­bats and had a ca­reer-high six RBIs, and Chicago bat­tered Seat­tle’s de­pleted pitch­ing staff in a win over the Mariners.

Mets 7,An­gels 5

NEW YORK >> Jose Reyes had three in­stru­men­tal hits, in­clud­ing the 2,000th of his ca­reer, and Terry Collins made the right moves on a mile­stone night as New York held off Los An­ge­les.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

San Fran­cisco’s Chris­tian Arroyo hit a two-run dou­ble dur­ing the 13th in­ning on Satur­day.

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