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SF@ARI: Corbin holds Giants to two runs over eight

The San Francisco Giants have been red-hot for a couple of months now. Their scorching second half is what propelled them to their second National League West crown in three years.

Now, with the postseason inching ever closer, the goal is to enter the playoffs playing the same kind of baseball that got them there.

On Thursday, the Giants host the D-backs for the final time in 2012. Arizona can't technically be eliminated Thursday, but the D-backs' elimination number for the National League Wild Card is down to two.

Left-hander Patrick Corbin takes the hill for Arizona after struggling in Coors Field his last time out. He allowed five runs on nine hits in just three innings of work, and manager Kirk Gibson pinpointed the source of his struggles as his offspeed pitches.

"Patrick had a great fastball, but his secondary stuff, he was leaving it up," Gibson said.

Corbin (6-7, 4.36 ERA) faced the Giants one start prior, and he looked very sharp. He allowed two runs on eight hits in eight innings -- the longest outing of his career.

Opposite Corbin will be fellow southpaw Barry Zito, who has won five straight decisions, while the Giants have won each of his last nine starts.

In his most recent outing -- also against Colorado -- Zito (13-8, 4.18 ERA) held the Rockies to two runs, despite allowing 10 hits. That game marked the third straight and the 15th overall this season that Zito has allowed two earned runs or fewer.

The Giants are still in the running for home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, as they trail Cincinnati by three games for the No. 2 seed. Thursday also marks their final regular-season home game.

"It has gone by fast," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It seems like it's starting to go by faster for some reason. It's been a good year so far, and we're hoping it's a great year. You look at the season as a whole, it's been a lot of fun with a lot of ups and downs. There have been some really good things that have happened, and we know we have a lot of work ahead of us."

D-backs: Injury updates
Gerardo Parra was back in the outfield Wednesday for the first time since a right hand injury forced him to miss three games. He went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Meanwhile, third baseman Chris Johnson took batting practice for the first time since he was hit by a pitch Sunday.

Gibson added that shortstop Willie Bloomquist, who is nursing a lower back injury, may not play again this season.

Giants: Cabrera's playoff status still unknown
San Francisco has not yet announced whether Melky Cabrera will be allowed to rejoin the team if it advances far enough for him to become eligible.

Bochy says he hopes for an announcement Thursday regarding the status of Cabrera, who tested positive for testosterone. He would be eligible to return from his suspension in the Giants' sixth postseason game.

"Hopefully we'll get this cleared up and figure out exactly what we're going to do, so I think tomorrow we'll have something," Bochy said before Wednesday's game.

Worth noting
• Left-handed-hitting Jason Kubel has actually hit the lefty Zito very well in 12 career at-bats. He has five hits, and three of them are doubles.

• A San Francisco win Thursday would give the Giants and D-backs a split of their 2012 season series, and it would prevent Arizona from winning it for the first time since 2008.

• Giants infielder Marco Scutaro is riding the longest current hitting streak in the National League at 14 games. He's hitting .466 during that time.

• Arizona currently sits 40-40 on the road this season, entering their final game away from Chase Field.

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