Velez's 9th-inning single helps Giants top D-backs

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Eugenio Velez singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth and the San Francisco Giants dealt the stumbling Arizona Diamondbacks their fifth straight defeat with a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.

The D-backs' fifth straight loss matched their season high, also done from May 26-30. Arizona also has a nine-game road skid, the club's longest since also dropping nine consecutive contests away from Phoenix from August 29-September. 18, 2004.

Arizona began the night 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who swept the D-backs over the weekend to take over the top spot in the NL West.

The Dodgers extended their NL West lead to 2 1/2 games.