SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Bruce Bochy would like to give his bullpen a rest — and not only on the team's scheduled day off.
"There are some tired arms down there," Bochy said after San Francisco lost 6-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. "We did use a lot of them."
The Giants, who maintained their 4 1/2 game in the NL West because Los Angeles fell to the San Diego Padres 4-3, have an off day before hosting the Dodgers in a three-game series beginning Friday night.
Bochy used 24 pitchers in the three-game set against the Diamondbacks.
"As a group, the starters are not throwing quite as well," Bochy said. "Pitching is what got us here and I'm confident they'll get it together."
Tim Lincecum gets the first shot at the Dodgers.
"It is a big series," Bochy said. "This is September baseball. You're watching the scoreboard and it's going to be intense. This is why you play the game."
Xavier Nady left the game in the seventh inning with a strained left hamstring and will receive an MRI on Thursday.
"He knew he hurt it right away," Bochy said. "This is a big blow for us because he was swinging the bat well. We'll have to get creative out there."
Nady was brought in to solidify left field, the position Melky Cabrera played before his 50-game suspension.
Trevor Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a game in which the benches cleared after a tag play at third base.
Cahill didn't give up a hit until Marco Scutaro led off the seventh with a single. He allowed another single and walked the bases loaded before being lifted for a reliever after 6 1-3 innings.
Cahill (10-11) retired the first 16 batters he faced in earning his 50th career win. He allowed two runs, walked two and struck out five in the Diamondbacks second straight win over the NL West-leading Giants.