Brandon Crawford, Giants walk off with win vs. Diamondbacks

Brandon Crawford smacked a two-out, two-run home run off Ian Kennedy in the ninth inning Tuesday night, allowing the San Francisco Giants to steal a 2-1, walk-off win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Christian Walker homered and right-hander Merrill Kelly continued his dominance over the Giants with seven shutout innings, but it wasn’t enough for the Diamondbacks, who were one strike away from a 1-0 victory before Thairo Estrada tripled with two outs in the ninth.

Crawford swung and missed Kennedy’s next delivery, then connected with his 0-1 fastball and sent it over the fence in straight-away center field for his sixth home run of the season.

The walk-off win was the Giants’ seventh of the year and second in three days. Estrada ended an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday with a two-run homer.

The walk-off loss was the Diamondbacks’ sixth of the year and their second this season in San Francisco.

John Brebbia (6-1), who pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, was credited with the win. Kennedy (4-6) took the loss.

Walker’s homer, his 29th of the season, came leading off the fourth after Giants starter Jakob Junis had allowed just two hits in the first three innings. The homer was his third in the last three games and allowed him to match his career high of 29 set in 2019.

The Giants had just four hits in Kelly’s seven innings. He walked two and struck out seven, and he has now allowed just four runs and 14 hits in 28 1/3 innings against San Francisco this season over four games.

For 26 outs, Junis appeared to be headed toward a hard-luck loss, allowing just the one run on four hits in seven innings. He struck out seven without issuing a walk.

Jake McCarthy had the only other extra-base hit, a double, for the Diamondbacks, who dropped the series opener 6-1 on Monday night.

The comeback extended the Giants’ winning streak to five games.

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