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SF Giants’ Evan Longoria hits 300th home run, Logan Webb wins

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Four days after the San Francisco Giants were recovering from another devastating loss that had fans looking forward to a trade deadline fire sale, the club is trying to play its way back into the playoff race.

The efforts are paying off.

With a dominant start from a rookie pitcher and a pair of key home runs from veteran infielders, the Giants (12-16) won their fourth consecutive game with a 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Third baseman Evan Longoria became the 150th player in baseball history to join the 300 home run club and first baseman Wilmer Flores homered for the third straight game.

The Giants are riding a hot streak, but they also lost one of their biggest contributors to the team’s recent success in the first inning as Austin Slater was removed from the game with a mild left groin strain. Slater will have a MRI on Saturday.

With 23-year-old Logan Webb on the mound and 23-year-old Joey Bart catching, the Giants had their youngest starting battery since Madison Bumgarner threw to Buster Posey regularly in the early 2010s.

“He’s pretty good, huh?” Webb said of his battery-mate.

Webb set career-highs with 7.0 innings and eight strikeouts as he limited the D’backs to five hits and two runs. The right-hander punctuated his outing by throwing a sweeping slider to freeze Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed. Webb’s final pitch appeared to dip below the strike zone, but a strong frame from Bart helped him earn the strike call.

“I’m just excited about Logan individually and the steps forward he’s taken and certainly excited about Joey’s start,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He’s been great in just about every element in the game.”

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