A day after being shutout for just the second time this season, the D-backs will look to bounce back Saturday against a division rival that has had their number of late.
Entering the second game of their weekend National League West series in San Francisco, the Giants have won 16 of their last 24 meeting with the D-backs, whose lead in the division has shrunk to just 1 1/2 games over the surging Dodgers.
"They're the world champions, we know they're very good," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of the Giants. "It's dangerous to put too much on one game. I think one game, a series, is important. But we want to win as many games as we can."
Hoping to clinch the series for the Giants after the club blanked Arizona on Friday will be Matt Cain. The right-hander has struggled mightily in two July starts, tossing just a combined three innings and allowing 11 runs. In his most recent outing, Cain surrendered three runs and recorded only two outs before being lifted in the first inning.
"I wasn't throwing strikes and [I was] falling behind in counts," Cain said after the game. "And when I was throwing strikes, I was leaving the ball up."
Opposing Cain for the D-backs will be Wade Miley, who has come on of late after a disappointing start to the year. The lefty has won back-to-back games and comes into the start Saturday with a 1.66 ERA in three outings this month.
Miley beat the Brewers in his last start by working eight frames and giving up three runs, all in the first three innings.
Giants: Arias needs more time
Utility infielder Joaquin Arias, who's recovering from appendicitis, likely will need to spend two or three additional days on the disabled list beyond the earliest possible date for his reinstatement, which is next Tuesday.
This development, which manager Bruce Bochy announced Friday, bore no significant impact. Arias was expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing an appendectomy July 7. The probable delay in his activation from the DL is not that extreme.
D-backs: McCarthy heading to Reno
Right-hander Brandon McCarthy took the next step toward returning to the D-backs on Friday when he threw a bullpen session at the club's Spring Training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. He is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said McCarthy will throw in two games while on his rehab assignment, if all goes as planned.
McCarthy, who threw a simulated game Sunday, was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation June 1.
• The Giants will play 42 of their remaining 66 games against teams that are currently over .500.
• The D-backs are 10-4 in extra-inning games this season.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.