MLB: San Francisco 6, Arizona 2

Sept. 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

PHOENIX, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Hunter Pence hit a grand slam homer during a five-run third inning Friday, propelling San Francisco to a 6-2 decision over Arizona.

The Giants inched closer to a division title by winning their third game in a row.


Matt Cain (14-5), who did not have a decision in any of his previous three starts, was removed from the game after throwing 106 pitches over five innings. He allowed a run on four hits, but walked five.

A parade of six relievers worked the final three innings, combining to give up a run on five hits.

Tyler Skaggs (1-2) suffered through San Francisco's big third inning to take the loss.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out against Skaggs and Buster Posey reached on a fielder's choice that drove home a run. Pence then hit his grand slam on a 2-2 pitch.

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