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Defensive gem cuts Buster Posey down at plate, sparks 3-1 Diamondbacks win

  • San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey, right, is tagged out at the plate by Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero while trying to score from first base on a double by Pablo Sandoval during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey took off from first on Pablo Sandoval's sixth-inning double with what looked like a good chance of scoring the tying run.

Instead, Arizona shortstop Cliff Pennington made the perfect throw home on a relay, and the first-place Diamondbacks held off a late San Francisco rally to beat All-Star Madison Bumgarner and the Giants 3-1 on Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep.

"It happens. That's the way it goes sometimes," Posey said. "They made a good relay and a good throw to the plate."

Posey got aboard on a leadoff walk in the sixth, and Sandoval followed with a double off the wall. Third-base coach Tim Flannery claimed responsibility for the loss for sending the reigning NL MVP.

"You never want anybody thrown out. I feel terrible," Flannery said. "I feel responsible for not getting Bum the win. It comes with the territory. With nobody out, that can't happen."

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