Peavy strikes out 8, pitches Giants past D-backs

Sep 11, 2014 7:51 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jake Peavy struck out eight and didn't walk a batter to win his third start in a row and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Thursday for their ninth straight home victory.

Hunter Pence put the Giants ahead on a quirky RBI single in the first. Pence literally threw his bat at the ball, which hit the front corner of second base and skipped into shallow right-center. Pence also drew a bases-loaded walk.

Buster Posey had a more traditional RBI single among his three hits, helping the Giants extend their season-best home winning streak. It's their longest unbeaten run at AT&T Park since nine in a row in May 2011.

San Francisco, which leads the NL wild-card standings, pulled within two games of the idle Dodgers a day before a key weekend series against the NL West leaders at AT&T Park.

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