Torres, Huff lead Giants to win
AP Sports Writer
SAN FRANCISCO – Andres Torres spent the better part of the last few weeks watching his teammates celebrating on television.
When it was finally his turn, he wasn’t about to miss out on all the fun.
Torres delivered the go-ahead RBI double, Aubrey Huff hit a tying home run and the San Francisco Giants rallied from three runs down for a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
“It feels great now to be a part of it again,” said Torres, who returned from the 15-day disabled list a day earlier after a strained left Achilles forced him to do a rehab stint at Triple-A Fresno. “I feel healthy again, and I’m glad I can do my part.”
Miguel Tejada hit a run-scoring single and then doubled with one out in the sixth to chase Diamondbacks starter Armando Galarraga (3-3), setting the stage for another Giants comeback.
He scored on Torres’ double to right-center field off reliever Juan Gutierrez to give San Francisco a season-high fifth straight win. The Giants (20-16) improved to four games over .500 for the first time this season.
“The one thing I have to say is I have to do something for this team,” said Tejada, who finished with three hits and started to break out of his season-long slump. “They put a lot of confidence in me, and I have to produce.”
So did most of the Giants in another all-around effort.
Jonathan Sanchez (3-2) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless before Brian Wilson pitched out of jam in the ninth for his 12th save
The Giants didn’t wait as long to come back this time.
After wins in the final at-bat in three of the previous four games, San Francisco fell behind again before squeaking out runs and leaning on its bullpen.
Tejada came through with the one-out double in the sixth. Then Gutierrez came in and got pinch-hitter Pat Burrell to fly out to left before Torres’ double put San Francisco ahead 4-3.
“We had a ton of chances early,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “We had chances to keep them from scoring, too.”
Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo kept Arizona scoreless over the next two innings. Wilson briefly made things interesting in the ninth – as usual – when Xavier Nady hit a leadoff double.