PHOENIX (AP) -The situation didn't look good for Arizona's already slim playoff hopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers
had won in the afternoon, and the Diamondbacks were facing brilliant young
, who hadn't lost in two months.
Arizona defied the odds, though, beating Lincecum and the Giants 3-2 on Thursday night on
's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning.
''He's obviously one of, if not the best, pitchers in the league,'' Dunn said, ''and for us to kind of grind and battle and
battle and come away with the victory, that's huge.''
singled with two outs and stole second to set up Dunn's game-winning hit as the Diamondbacks swept four games from the Giants
to stay 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West with 10 to play. The Dodgers won at Pittsburgh 4-3 in 12
Lincecum (17-4) was 6-0 in 10 starts since losing to Milwaukee 7-4 on July 20. He allowed three runs and six hits in his second
straight complete game and second of his career. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out six and hit a batter in his first
loss in six appearances against Arizona.
The Giants are trying to help Lincecum win the Cy Young Award to brighten an otherwise difficult season. The loss came one
night after Arizona's
beat San Francisco for his 21st victory.
''It's a sick feeling,'' Giants manager
said. ''You want the kid to get a win so bad and he pitched his heart out. We're having a tough time getting a hit with men
on base. This is probably as tough a one as we've had all year.''
The Diamondbacks blew a lead for
for the fifth time this season, again depriving the 44-year-old left-hander of his 295th career victory.
Johnson had left the clubhouse by the time it was opened to reporters after the game.
''RJ matched (Lincecum),'' Arizona manager
said, ''and in a little different style today. He probably threw more breaking balls than I've ever seen him throw in a game.
He felt like he didn't have his best fastball and found a different way to do it.''
Johnson gave up a run in the first and scattered eight hits through seven innings, striking out four and walking one. He left
with a 2-1 lead, but
homered on his first pitch from reliever
(3-0) in the eighth to tie it.
threw a perfect ninth for his fifth save in 13 tries.
's line shot to left for a two-run triple with two outs in the sixth to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. Velez took a couple of steps
in then saw the ball sail over his head.
started the rally with a double, then took third on
's sacrifice bunt. Jackson was hit by a pitch, then Dunn struck out to bring Upton to the plate.
Upton somehow got the bat on the ball on a changeup that was barely off the plate.
''It was an unbelievable pitch that he made,'' Upton said. ''He'd been making great pitches all night. I just happened to
get the barrel on it.''
Lincecum was equally impressed.
''When a guy swings at a pitch like that, you don't expect it to go as far as it did,'' he said. ''I mean, that ball carried.
From what I remember looking at it, that ball was practically on the ground and he barreled it up.''
Upton's hit ended Lincecum's string of 14 scoreless innings. He was coming off the first complete game shutout of his career,
a 7-0 victory at San Diego.
''Everyone's just kind of taking this pretty hard,'' Lincecum said, ''and I think we should.''
Lincecum went down in pain when he was hit in his left hand attempting to bunt in the fifth inning. Johnson's pitch was inside
and high and it hit the hand where Lincecum was holding the bat.
The San Francisco ace eventually got to his feet and was back on the mound when the Giants took the field.
The Giants loaded the bases with no outs in the first but managed only one run.
opened the game with singles, then
walked. Winn scored on
's one-out sacrifice fly.
Notes: Seven Giants singled off Johnson. ... San Francisco plays six of its remaining nine games against the Dodgers. ...
Melvin gave 3B
the night off. Reynolds has taken over the NL lead in strikeouts with 191, one more than Philadelphia's
. ... Arizona last won four straight from July 29-Aug. 1.