PHOENIX — The last long road trip of the season ended the way it started.
The Giants fell 2-1 to the Diamondbacks at a Chase Field, going 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position and repeatedly failing to complete a comeback attempt. They dropped the series in Arizona and finished 3-7 on the three-city trip.
Chris Heston looked like the old Chris Heston through the first three innings. He worked around a single in the first and struck out two in each of the next two innings. David Peralta got the Diamondbacks in gear with a hard double in the fourth and Jarrod Saltalamacchia jumped on a sinker that didn’t sink, hitting a two-run shot to dead center.
The Giants got half the deficit back in the sixth. Alejandro De Aza pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot and was hit by a pitch. After a walk and a groundout moved De Aza to third, he raced home on Andrew Chafin’s wild pitch.
The Giants threatened in the seventh, starting with Marlon Byrd’s double. With two outs, Jackson Williams drew a walk and Bruce Bochy called for Buster Posey, who was kept out of the starting lineup because of ankle stiffness. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale had Randall Delgado intentionally walk Posey, moving Williams — the go-ahead run — into scoring position. The plan worked. Delgado got Angel Pagan to pop up.
Starting pitching report: Heston didn’t make it out of the fifth, but he actually pitched pretty well aside from the homer. He kept the ball down for the most part and flashed the sinker-curveball duo that made him so successful in the first half. Heston was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Bullpen report: It’s September 9 and George Kontos has a 1.87 ERA.
At the plate: Posey saw the four wide pitches and then was immediately replaced by pinch-runner Mike Leake. Yes, that Mike Leake.
In the field: Ender Inciarte tried to steal third with one out in the seventh inning. Jackson Williams nailed him.
Attendance: The Diamondbacks announced a crowd of 20,576 human beings. That seemed more than a tad off.
Up next: A day off! The Giants start a three-game series against the Padres on Friday at AT&T Park. Jake Peavy, Madison Bumgarner and Mike Leake take the mound for Bochy. The Padres will start Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Colin Rea.