Longoria, Crawford supply the big hits, Gausman pockets win as Giants beat

PHOENIX — After the bitter experience of a three-game sweep by the Dodgers at Oracle Park over the weekend, the Giants got a palate cleanser Tuesday at Chase Field.

A lineup that struggled to score much against Los Angeles busted loose for six runs over the first three innings, giving the team’s best starter, Kevin Gausman, plenty of cushion in an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Brandon Crawford had the at-bat of the night, whacking a bases-clearing double in the first inning, and Evan Longoria, who has hit into hard luck much of the past month, just hit hard, period, crushing a three-run homer 444 feet in the third.

San Francisco remained in third place in the NL West, 1 ½ games behind the Padres and a game behind the Dodgers, with a four-game series on tap at Los Angeles starting Thursday.

With two outs in the first, Crawford fouled off three two-strike pitches in a nine-pitch at-bat against Corbin Martin, then drove a fastball into the gap in right to give the Giants a quick 3-0 lead.

Longoria, who has been among the leaders in hard-hit ball rate (a major-league-best 60.4% entering Tuesday) and exit velocity (95.9 mph, second best) all season, hasn’t had much to show for it lately after coming out of the gates fast with four homers and eight RBIs in the Giants’ first 11 games. He’d driven in just three runs in his previous 13 games, but on Tuesday, Longoria was at his best with men in scoring position. He added a two-out RBI double in the seventh that sent Buster Posey from first. Longoria had three hits and a walk.

His homer was 108.2 mph off the bat, and his single was even harder, 108.3.

The Giants scored again in the ninth but also lost Brandon Belt that inning to what appeared to be the same side injury that sidelined him five games last week; he grimaced on a big swing and came out of the game. Curt Casali took over the at-bat and knocked a soft single to right-center to send in Alex Dickerson, who had tripled.

Gausman lowered his ERA to 1.53, second lowest in the league, and he allowed five hits and struck out nine. He wasn’t entirely sharp, though, so some extra support was particularly welcome. He went five innings — he hadn’t worked fewer than six in any of his previous nine starts — and threw 97 pitches, more than he did in six of those longer earlier outings.

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