PHOENIX -- Looking to reward a productive minor league prospect and jump-start a slumping big league club, the Giants on Saturday called up second baseman Joe Panik, their first selection of the 2011 draft. After a 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks that snapped a six-game losing streak, the front office might be forced to make another move.

Michael Morse was removed in the fifth because of back tightness, joining Angel Pagan, who has missed five straight games with the same ailment. While Morse hopes to return to the lineup Monday and Pagan seems just a couple days away, the Giants are in a bind. Manager Bruce Bochy said a move could be made to keep the Giants from playing two hitters short.

"We were talking about where we are as far as injuries," Bochy said of a meeting with general manager Brian Sabean after the game.

While Bochy and Sabean put their heads together behind closed doors, the clubhouse rocked with victory music for the first time since June 12. Ryan Vogelsong struggled to get through five innings, but the Giants scored three early runs, tacked on in the middle innings and held on thanks to a nice effort from the bullpen.

"There were two ways to get out of this," Vogelsong said of the skid that resulted in nine losses in 10 games. "One, you come out and swing the bats and score a bunch of runs, or you throw up a bunch of zeros. We know which one happened. It's good for those guys to come out and score early."


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Tyler Colvin put the Giants in gear with a two-run single in the first. Pablo Sandoval had hits in his first three at-bats, including a second-inning single that drove in Buster Posey, who had doubled. With the Giants leading 5-4, Hunter Pence added an insurance run in the sixth.

Pence crushed a hanging changeup from Randall Delgado for his 11th homer of the season. The ball sailed beyond the top of the left-field foul pole before landing in the upper deck and onto a restaurant patio. Pence was the first player to hit a ball there since Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton on August 21, 2012.

"That ball was as long a homer as I've seen in a long time," Bochy said.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the seventh, but Jean Machi got Aaron Hill to pop up to third to end the inning. The Giants then loaded the bases in the top of the eighth but also failed to score.

In the ninth, the Diamondbacks put two on with two outs. Bochy came out to talk to closer Sergio Romo as Paul Goldschmidt walked to the plate, and the Giants elected to pitch to the slugger. On the first pitch, Goldschmidt lined out to right.

"It's a tough call," Bochy said of pitching to Goldschmidt. "We went against the book a little bit. (Romo) might have gotten away with that pitch, but he got him out. That's a big out to end this losing streak."

The win made it easier for Panik to celebrate one of the best days of his life. He made his big league debut in the eighth, drawing a walk about 23 hours after he got the phone call he has been waiting for his whole life. Assistant general manager Bobby Evans called the 23-year-old and told him to hop a flight from New Orleans, where Triple-A Fresno was playing, to Phoenix. Panik immediately called his parents, Paul and Natalie, who live in New York.

"My mom gets on the speaker phone and asks, 'What's wrong?' " Panik said, smiling. "I told her this is the first good call you're getting at 3 a.m."

When Panik arrived, Bochy told him to just worry about getting settled in. Panik will likely start Sunday, Bochy said, and will get consistent playing time. He was hitting .321 for Fresno, and scouts and coaches reported to Bochy that he was playing excellent defense. Panik jumps ahead of a trio of second basemen -- Brandon Hicks, Ehire Adrianza and Joaquin Arias -- who had combined for a .558 OPS coming into Saturday's game. He called the call-up a dream come true.

"It's good to take a step back and say this is why you're here," he said. "It's time to go help this team."

The Giants optioned outfielder Juan Perez back to Triple-A to clear a spot for Panik. Right-hander Jake Dunning was designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.