Alex Cintron crosses the plate after his solo home run in the fourth inning. (Dino Vournas/AP)
SAN FRANCISCO -- You couldn't have seen this one coming.
After struggling mightily for three days in Los Angeles -- including being held to one hit on Wednesday night -- the Diamondbacks rolled into San Francisco and rolled over the Giants, 8-4, in front of 38,194 at SBC Park.
Alex Cintron was the offensive star of the game for Arizona as he homered twice and drove in four runs. The switch-hitter connected from both sides of the plate and became the first Diamondbacks player ever to do that in a single game.
Ironically, Arizona manager Al Pedrique told reporters before the game that Cintron was trying to hit too many home runs and needed to go back to just trying to make contact and hit the ball hard.
"It was good to see a game like this from Alex," Pedrique said. "That kid has been working real hard to figure it out to get out of the slump with Rick Schu, our hitting coach. You could even look at his face and see that he was relieved that he had that kind of game. Hopefully now, after a game like that, he will get hot and do some good things."
Good things have been happening for Cintron since Pedrique took over as manager last Friday and told him that he would play every day at shortstop despite his struggles this season.
"I feel more confident every time I come here to the field," said Cintron, who hit 13 home runs in 448 at-bats for the Diamondbacks last year. "There's no pressure because I know I'm going to play every day no matter what. That makes me come to the ballpark early and work hard and try to get my swing back."
Cintron had just one home run going into the game, and that came all the way back on April 9.
"I've always been a contact hitter," Cintron said. "I hit whatever homers I hit last year because my timing was good, and when I was putting the bat to the ball, the ball was jumping off my bat."
Alex Cintron / SS
Weight: 200 lbs
Bats: S / Throws: R
The ball was jumping off the Diamondbacks' bats on Thursday night after Kazuhisa Ishii tied them in knots the previous night.
"That's a sign that we're not going to quit, and I feel like a lot of good things are going to happen in the second half," Pedrique said of the way the team rebounded. "The way we came out and played this game, I'm very proud of the team."
The Diamondbacks scored one run between the second and sixth innings before capping things off with Cintron's three-run homer in the seventh.
The offense wasn't the only story, as starter Elmer Dessens pitched well. The right-hander was making his first start since being moved to the bullpen after his start on May 11. With that in mind, the Diamondbacks had him on a pitch count of 65 pitches, and he hit 62 after four and was done for the night.
"It was good to see Dessens being very aggressive," Pedrique said. "He had the sinker working. He worked ahead in the count and kept the ball down."
He turned a 4-2 lead over to Andrew Good (1-2), who allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings before running out of gas in the eighth.
That's when the game got interesting, as the Giants loaded the bases with one out against Good and Brian Bruney.
Bruney, however, struck out Ray Durham looking, and lefty Randy Choate fanned pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba to end the threat.
"It's been a little tough in this clubhouse, and any win we can get is a big one," said Choate, who used a two-seam fastball to retire Torrealba. "Maybe this is just the start of something good."
Giants starter Dustin Hermanson (3-3) suffered the loss to drop his career mark against Arizona to 5-2.
The person dressed in the chicken outfit didn't have anything to cluck about as the D-Backs pitched to Barry Bonds all five times he came to the plate. The slugger was 3-for-5 with two singles and a double.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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