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Jordan Montgomery wins on debut, Diamondbacks score 22 goals in 17-1 win over Giants

Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings in his season debut, Blaze Alexander hit a grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 17-1

SAN FRANCISCO – Jordan Montgomery threw six strong innings in his season debut, Blaze Alexander hit a grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants 17-1 on Friday night.

Leading 2-1 in the fifth, Arizona used a three-run fifth to pull away, getting three consecutive two-out hits against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell of Christian Walker, Eugenio Suárez and Randal Grichuk . Grichuk’s two-run double to left allowed Walker and Suárez to give the Diamondbacks a 5-1 lead and knock Snell out of the game.

Montgomery (1-0) threw 78 pitches, giving up one run and four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. He signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Diamondbacks last month.

The Giants were looking to snap their first three-game win streak of the season, but Snell (0-3) continued to struggle to start his Giants stint, allowing five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Snell has allowed 15 runs through his first three starts with San Francisco.

Jorge Soler homered in the fourth to cut the score to 2-1. Soler’s 400-foot blast was the first home run at home for the Giants this year.

The Diamondbacks added four more runs in the seventh against the Giants’ relievers, and Alexander’s grand slam was part of a six-run eighth that made it 15-1. Arizona finished with 22 hits. Center fielder Tyler Fitzgerald pitched the ninth for the Giants and gave up two runs. The 17 runs were the most the Giants have allowed in a game since 2019.

The matchup featured two of the top free agent starters this offseason in Snell and Montgomery, both of whom signed late with their respective clubs, leading to delayed debuts. Snell pitched his first game for the Giants on April 8. Montgomery, who started Game 2 of the World Series for the Texas Rangers last year, signed with the Diamondbacks only two days before opening day.

The Diamondbacks designated infielder Jace Peterson for assignment for Friday’s game and brought in outfielder Pavin Smith from Triple-A Reno.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Diamondbacks: RHP Ryne Nelson (right elbow contusion) was placed on the 15-day injured list after being hit by a comebacker on Thursday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the 26-year-old’s health is “too important” to speed up the recovery process, and Nelson will likely provide a few bullpen sessions before returning to the rotation. …RHP Paul Sewald (oblique) will have another bullpen session against live hitters. … CF Alek Thomas (hamstring) will run the bases next week.

Giants: RHP Luke Jackson (lower back problems), who began a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on Thursday, will likely pitch one more game in San Jose before rejoining the big league club.

NEXT ONE

LHP Kyle Harrison (2-1, 4.7 ERA) will pitch for the Giants against Zac Gallen (3-0, 1.64 ERA) for the Diamondbacks on Saturday afternoon.

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