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SD@SF: Bumgarner masterful for six innings vs. Padres

Don't blame the Giants fans for wondering what Brandon Belt is going to do in the series finale against the D-backs on Wednesday.

Belt had the game-winning RBI on Monday and hit a game-tying pinch-hit two-run home run in the ninth inning on Tuesday.

Will he be a factor again?

Here's what's certain: It will be up to D-backs starter Ian Kennedy to keep Belt and his teammates in check.

Kennedy held the Rockies to three runs on three hits and three walks in six innings for a quality start in his last outing. He kept Colorado hitters off balance with effective use of his fastball and changeup. The result was six strikeouts.

Opposing Kennedy is Giants starter Madison Bumgarner. The 23-year-old recorded the ninth double-digit strikeout effort of his career in his last outing against the Padres. The left-hander has four of San Francisco's first eight quality starts this year.

The D-backs could use another victory. After all, they are 3-5 on the nine-game road trip heading into the series finale. The club starts a seven-game homestand against the Rockies and Giants on Thursday.

"It's not an easy trip, but we'll just keep battling," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

D-backs: Parra seeing plenty of time

Gerardo Parra has appeared in every game and has started 19 of 20 games this season. He has hit safely in 17 games and is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

• Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 on Tuesday and has hit safely in nine of 11 road games this season.

• Reliever Heath Bell has made mechanical adjustments on the mound and his manager has taken notice.

"He's done some things with his curveball -- a little more depth to it, how to take something off it, changes speeds a little bit, locating much better, getting ahead in the count," Gibson said.

Bell has a 5.14 ERA in eight appearances this season but has struck out 12 batters in his last six games.

Giants: Romo issues rare walk

Sergio Romo walked a batter for the first time all season Tuesday night. He had not issued a walk in the previous 38 games and 32 1/3 innings dating to last season.

• Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence are the only two Giants to start all 21 games this season.

• Bumgarner went 0-3 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts against the D-backs last season.

Worth noting

• The D-backs have had 14 games decided by two runs or fewer this season.

• Dating to last season, the Giants have won 17 of their last 22 games at AT&T Park.

• The first 20,000 fans at Chase Field on Saturday will receive a Wade Miley Garden Gnome.

• Five Major League pitchers have hit home runs this season, and the Giants have allowed three of them. Comments