Brandon Crawford’s RBI single completes Giants’ rally past D-backs

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SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford hit a game-ending RBI single, and the San Francisco Giants rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3.

Wilmer Flores tied the game in the eighth with a pinch-hit homer. Brandon Belt started the rally with a solo homer in the seventh as the Giants took two of three from the D-backs and won their first series since June 17-19 at Pittsburgh.

Ketel Marte homered for the D-backs, who have lost 17 of their last 19 games at Oracle Park.

Belt led off the ninth against Arizona closer Mark Melancon (3-8) with a single. Mike Yastrzemski hit a one-out double to right, David Villar walked to load the bases, and Crawford hammered a line drive to right field off the glove of Daulton Varsho to score Belt.

Camilo Doval (3-4) struck out two in a scoreless ninth for the Giants, who have won four of five since a 4-14 stretch that dropped their record to .500.

Daulton Varsho hit a two-run triple in the second inning and Marte went deep in the third for the last-place Diamondbacks. All three runs were charged to Sam Long, who followed opener John Brebbia with 1 2/3 innings.

The Giants’ bullpen was flawless from there. Tyler Rogers, Jarlin Garcia, Mauricio Llovera and Doval combined to allow two hits over the final 6 1/3 innings.

D-backs starter Zac Gallen took a shutout into the seventh before allowing Belt’s one-out blast to right-center. Thairo Estrada followed with a single, Yastrzemski doubled and Villar’s flyball scored Estrada to make it 3-2.

Gallen allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings as his winless streak reached eight starts. His last win came on May 30.

IN A PINCH

Giants manager Gabe Kapler sent four straight pinch-hitters to the plate in the eighth. Flores homered while batting for Austin Wynns. Darin Ruf then hit for LaMonte Wade Jr. and singled. Yermin Mercedes replaced Joc Pederson and struck out. Luis Gonzalez came up for Austin Slater and grounded into an inning-ending double play.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (strained right shoulder) continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Tuesday, allowing two hits and striking out one in a scoreless inning.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria (left oblique strain) is expected to begin a rehab assignment as early as Thursday. There is a chance he could return before the All-Star break. “I think there’s a possibility for the weekend,” Kapler said.. “I think we want to make sure that door stays open.”

ROSTER MOVE

The Giants claimed RHP Angel Rondon off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (5-8, 3.65 ERA) opens a three-game series at San Diego on Friday. The Padres have won seven of the first nine meetings this season.

Giants: LHP Carlos Rodon (8-5, 2.70) takes the mound on Thursday as San Francisco welcomes Milwaukee for a four-game series.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.