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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks were the kings of the comeback in 2011, snatching away late victories on their way to the NL West crown.
This season, they're taking a different tact: Score early and hang on.
"It's a good way to start, put runs on the board," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
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Arizona rallied for victories 48 times last season to earn its first division title since 2007. The Diamondbacks have been fast starters in 2012, scoring seven runs the first two innings their first two games.
Hill drove in three of those on Saturday: A solo homer off Madison Bumgarner (0-1) in the first inning and a two-run shot in the second. Young also hit the first of his RBI doubles in the first, giving starter Daniel Hudson (1-0) just enough cushion to open with a victory after struggling early last season.
Young added his second double off Daniel Otero in the fifth inning to put Arizona up 5-2 and J.J. Putz closed it out after Hudson tired, working a perfect ninth for his second straight save.
"It's always nice whenever you go out and score a couple of runs [early]," Hill said. "Any starting pitcher would agree with that and it's always nice when a starting pitcher goes six, seven innings, so it's been a great first two days."
The Giants have had a rough couple days thanks to slow-starting starters.
Ace Tim Lincecum struggled in the opener, giving up two runs in the first inning of a 5-4 loss. This time it was Bumgarner, who allowed four runs in the first two innings and didn't make it past the fourth.
"It was a similar game to yesterday. The guys are trying to get settled in and they taking advantage of mistakes," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We battled back and that is a good sign. We got down early and tried to come back, but their pen did a good job."
With the pomp and pageantry of opening day over, the Diamondbacks were ready to get on with the rest of the season.
And, just like the day before, they got rolling right away.
Hill, second in the lineup after hitting eighth in the opener, got things started with a solo homer that curled around the foul pole left. After Young added a run-scoring double high off the wall later in the inning, Hill made it 4-0 in the second after working a long at-bat for a two-run homer just over the wall in left and his fourth career multihomer game.
"Johnny Mac [McDonald] said you need to hit Hill eighth once a week just to [make him angry]," Gibson said. "He had a great game today."
Hudson pitched well after a rough start to the 2011 season, finishing 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA after opening 0-4. He was a steady presence in the rotation behind Kennedy, pitching into the sixth inning in eight of his final nine starts as the Diamondbacks surged toward the playoffs.
Hudson started off smoothly against the Giants, retiring the first eight batters he faced, until Sandoval hit a two-run homer to right in the fourth inning to cut Arizona's lead in half, to 4-2. Tiring in the seventh inning, Hudson gave up another two-run homer, this one to Pill, who came in as a pinch hitter.
Hudson was done after that, leaving with a one-run lead after allowing four runs on five hits in 6 2-3 innings.
"I just tried to get through as quick as possible, as few pitches as possible," said Hudson, who also had a pair of singles. "It felt OK. There was a couple of things I didn't do very well - I made two mistakes and paid for them."
Like Hudson, Bumgarner got the 2011 season off to a shaky start, losing his first six decisions and nine of 12. He, too, turned it around late, going 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA over his final 18 starts.
The big left-hander struggled early and didn't last long against Arizona, allowing four runs on seven hits before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth.
"If you make mistakes to guys, that's what they are going to do," said Bumgarner, who allowed two homers in 78 innings his first 13 starts in 2011. "If I just made pitches I probably wouldn't have to worry about it."
|Aaron Hill homers in the first inning, then again in the second to lead the D-Backs with 3 RBI. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.111|
|Melky Cabrera, RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Pablo Sandoval, 3B||3||1||2||2||1||1||0||.500|
|Buster Posey, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.250|
|Aubrey Huff, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Brandon Belt, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||2||1||.143|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.167|
|a- Gregor Blanco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.500|
|Brandon Crawford, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Madison Bumgarner, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|b- Nate Schierholtz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dan Otero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Brett Pill, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||1.000|
|Santiago Casilla, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Theriot in the 9th|
|b-fouled out for Bumgarner in the 5th|
|c-homered for Otero in the 7th|
|2B - Aubrey Huff (1, Hudson)|
|HR - Pablo Sandoval (1, Hudson), Brett Pill (1, Hudson)|
|RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (3), Brett Pill 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brett Pill 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Theriot-Crawford-Belt, Crawford-Theriot-Belt|
|San Francisco Giants|
|Madison Bumgarner (L,0-1)||4||7||4||4||2||3||2||9.00|
|IBB - Goldschmidt by Madison Bumgarner, Kubel by Dan Otero|
|HBP - Young (by Santiago Casilla)|
|WP - Dan Otero (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 80-50, Dan Otero 32-20, Santiago Casilla 19-9, Javier Lopez 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 3-5, Dan Otero 3-0, Santiago Casilla 2-0, Javier Lopez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 20, Dan Otero 9, Santiago Casilla 5, Javier Lopez 3|
|Ryan Roberts, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.222|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||2||2||3||0||0||2||.250|
|Justin Upton, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.333|
|Miguel Montero, C||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.500|
|Chris Young, CF||3||0||2||2||0||1||0||.429|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.167|
|Jason Kubel, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.000|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|John McDonald, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|Daniel Hudson, P||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Bryan Shaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Gerardo Parra, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Chris Young 2 (2, Bumgarner, Otero)|
|HR - Aaron Hill 2 (2, Bumgarner, Bumgarner)|
|RBI - Aaron Hill 3 (3), Chris Young 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Daniel Hudson (W,1-0)||6.2||5||4||4||2||4||2||5.40|
|Bryan Shaw (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|David Hernandez (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|J.J. Putz (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Hudson 97-57, Bryan Shaw 2-2, David Hernandez 9-7, J.J. Putz 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Hudson 10-6, Bryan Shaw 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Hudson 27, Bryan Shaw 1, David Hernandez 4, J.J. Putz 3|
|Attendance - 34789|
|Game Time - 2:36|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce|