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Giants seem to be recovering after the Diamondbacks loss

The Arizona Diamondbacks enter the third game of a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday after left-hander Jordan Montgomery’s effective first start for the club and tying a franchise-record 22 hits in Friday’s 17-1 victory.

After falling to Montgomery, a member of the Texas Rangers’ World Series championship team last year, the Giants will face Arizona’s two right-handed stalwarts in the rotation: Zac Gallen (3-0, 1.64 ERA) on Saturday and Merrill Kelly (2-0, 2.19) on Sunday.

Montgomery, who struggled in two starts with Triple-A Reno before coming to Arizona on Friday, allowed one run and four hits in six innings against the Giants.

He struck out three and walked none.

Montgomery signed as a free agent late, after spring training, and allowed nine runs in 7 2/3 innings in his two tune-up starts with Reno.

“I’m excited to finally be activated,” Montgomery said. “Tomorrow (Saturday) I can sit on the couch with the boys and sympathize with them a little.”

San Francisco left-hander Kyle Harrison (2-1, 4.70 ERA) will start Saturday against Gallen, who is 4-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 career starts against the Giants.

Gallen has 76 strikeouts and 24 walks with 62 hits allowed in 72 innings in those outings.

Harrison, who has 11 career starts in his two years at the Major League level, will make his first appearance against the Diamondbacks. He will try to tame an Arizona lineup that defeated 2023 National League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell with nine hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings on Friday.

Snell, who signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres at the end of spring training, is now 0-3 with an ERA of 11.57.

“I’m looking for him to improve his command and get a better feel for his pitches,” San Francisco manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s not there in the way he would like at the moment. You can see why (with his late signing). It’s rare that he gets hit a little bit.”

Gallen is coming off a win on Sunday, limiting the St. Louis Cardinals to four hits in six scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

“His command is just insane,” said Arizona catcher Tucker Barnhart, who is in his 11th season. “It makes our job easy when it comes to receiving the ball. Obviously, I’ve been around a lot of guys, and he’s right up there in terms of how much fun guys have to catch.”

Gallen, who finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season, said he goes to the mound looking “not for perfection, but only for excellence.”

“I know what it feels like and what it takes,” he added.

San Francisco’s Jorge Soler, who hit 36 ​​home runs for the Miami Marlins last season, hit the Giants’ first home run this season at Oracle Park with a solo shot in Friday’s game. He has four home runs for the year.

The Giants haven’t had a player with at least 30 home runs in a season since 2004, when Barry Bonds hit 45.