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Moore fans 11, Giants inch closer to LA

PHOENIX — Matt Moore is enjoying being part of a playoff race.

Moore struck out 11 in seven innings, Hunter Pence hit a key two-run double and the San Francisco Giants beat Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday for a series sweep.

The Giants pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles, which lost 3-0 at Miami. San Francisco leads the wild-card standings.

Moore (10-11) gave up two runs and eight hits, striking out four straight batters at one point. The left-hander improved to 3-4 in eight starts since he was acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay.

"I can't really say what it was but it felt different," Moore said of his transition to a contender. "Maybe it was looking down and seeing orange on my shoes or looking and seeing (catcher Buster Posey's) glove. Right now, in the middle of this race, it's exciting to wake up in the morning and know where we are."

The Giants swept a road series from Arizona for the second time this season and sent the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.

Pence, who had eight hits in the series, came up with another clutch swing against Randall Delgado in the seventh, doubling in Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford with two out to give the Giants a 5-2 lead.

"Quite a series, wasn't it? We've seen him get on these runs before and it's fun to watch," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Pence. "It's inspirational baseball and gets the other guys going."

Greinke (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. His undoing was in the sixth, when he walked the bases loaded and gave up the tying and go-ahead runs.

Greinke has lost back-to-back starts for the first time since early April.

Denard Span, who went 30 at-bats without a hit until Saturday night, led off the game with a home run to right field. It was Span's fifth career leadoff homer and first this season.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the second on Jake Lamb's triple and a shallow single to center by Brandon Drury. Arizona went ahead 2-1 on Chris Owings' double and a two-out, two-strike single from Welington Castillo in the fifth.

Moore settled down after that.

"Seven solid innings allowed us to use the bullpen the way we wanted," Bochy said.

San Francisco's Matt Moore pitches against Arizona Sunday in Phoenix. RALPH FRESO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS