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  • July 1, 2019
    PHOENIX -- Matt Moore is enjoying being part of a playoff race.Moore struck out 11 in seven innings, Hunter Pence hit a key two-run double and the San Francisco Giants beat Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday for a series sweep.The Giants pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles, which lost 3-0 at Miami. San Francisco leads the wild-card standings.Moore (10-11) gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out four straight batters at one point. The left-hander improved to 3-4 in eight starts since he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay.Its definitely normalized. I cant really say what it was but it felt different, Moore said of his transition to a contender. Maybe it was looking down and seeing orange on my shoes or looking and seeing (catcher Buster Poseys) glove. Right now, in the middle of this race, its exciting to wake up in the morning and know where we are.The Giants swept a road series from Arizona for the second time this season and sent the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.Pence, who had eight hits in the series, came up with another clutch swing against Randall Delgado in the seventh, doubling in Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford with two out to give the Giants a 5-2 lead.Quite a series, wasnt it? Weve seen him get on these runs before and its fun to watch, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Pence. Its inspirational baseball and gets the other guys going.Greinke (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. His undoing was in the sixth, when he walked the bases loaded and gave up the tying and go-ahead runs.Greinke has lost back-to-back starts for the first time since early April.Denard Span, who went 30 at-bats without a hit until Saturday night, led off the game with a drive to right field. It was Spans fifth career leadoff home run and first this season.The Diamondbacks tied it in the second on Jake Lambs triple and a shallow single to center by Brandon Drury. Arizona went ahead 2-1 on Chris Owings double and a two-out, two-strike single from Welington Castillo in the fifth.Moore settled down after that.Seven solid innings allowed us to use the bullpen the way we wanted, Bochy said.San Francisco rallied in the sixth. With the bases full, Brandon Belt slapped an opposite-field single into left field, and then Joe Paniks grounder to first allowed Crawford to come home for a 3-2 Giants lead.I felt pretty good. Not perfect, but then the last inning, just missing by a little bit on just about every pitch, Greinke said. Getting behind and trying to make a good pitch, and just missing by little bit again. It ended up not being a good inning.Castillo homered off Sergio Romo in the eighth, but that was it for the Diamondbacks. Hunter Strickland got four outs for his third save of the season.REMEMBERING 9/11On the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Diamondbacks honored military members and first responders in a pregame ceremony that included a bagpipe ensembles music.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: RHP Derek Law (elbow) is still on track to come off the disabled list Tuesday or Wednesday, Bochy said. Hes throwing to hitters on Monday.Diamondbacks: LHP Andrew Chafins MRI revealed nothing more than swelling in his shoulder, so hell go six or seven days without throwing. Manager Chip Hale said hed like to get Chafin in for a game or two before the season ends but acknowledged it might not happen. At this point, we just want him to leave here with a healthy arm, Hale said. Im not counting on anything right now.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (11-9) is 3-0 against the San Diego Padres this season. 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Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin clearly wasnt pleased with his players after the No. 24 Bearcats lost to No. 21 URI in Saturdays second semifinal game of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff in Connecticut.But Cronin, who recognizes the concerns he has about his team, also knows, Its early.And he also knows he has to get his team ready quickly for what likely will be a bit of a letdown game against Penn State in Sundays consolation game at Mohegan Sun Casino Arena.Its rare that the third-place game is played after the championship, but thats the way it is in this preseason tournament -- and while the Bearcats had to be thinking about a date with No. 1 Duke in the final, what they have is a meeting with the 2-2 Nittany Lions, who lost to Duke by 10 in the first game Saturday.We just wanted to win. We wanted to win today, Cronin snapped when asked if his team was thinking about Duke.The Nittany Lions fell to 0-14 all-time when facing the No. 1 team in the nation, but coach Patrick Chambers saw the positives in the way his team played.We took another step today, he said. We got better. And thats our goal Just keep getting better. Its a process thats going to take some time, but were going to eventually get there.Cronin, who lost a coaching battle to personal friend Dan Hurley and URI, hopes his guys learned a lesson.They ttaught us a lot about ourselves today and our deficiencies were physical and mental toughness, he said.dddddddddddd We got what we deserved. Reboundings about heart and toughness.Asked about both, Cronin said, Its been our weakness with this particular team since practice started.He went on to say his players could be relying on what it says on our chest, and have to put in the work to get better.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose injury battered team moved onto the final, gave a nod to Penn State, saying, We really prepared hard for Penn State. We think theyre good and we prepared that way and it helped.Said Chambers, who got 20 points out of Tony Carr Saturday: Theres so much more basketball to go. Thats whats so exciting for me.Our focus is on Penn State and making Penn State better. Whoever were playing Sunday, trying to get better that day. ... We need to get there hopefully by Big Ten season.Cincinnati started the season just barely on the outside of the rankings, at No. 26. 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