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Giants' Hudson shuts down Diamondbacks in home debut

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Hudson walked to the dugout after an impressive eight-inning performance in his Giants home debut and hardly realized 42,000 people were celebrating him with a roaring ovation.

''Honestly, I thought they were cheering for the mid-inning song,'' Hudson said.

Nope.

Michael Morse hit a two-run single to back Hudson as each made memorable home debuts with their new team, and Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for San Francisco in a 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

Hudson (2-0) shut down the D-backs for the second time in seven days with an eight-inning gem in his first outing at AT&T Park since agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract in November. He credits nice weather in Phoenix and the Bay Area in allowing him to work deep into the game his first two starts, a far cry from the heat and humidity he faced in Atlanta the past nine years.

''Definitely I'll take these first two starts,'' he said.

Belt's drive off Trevor Cahill (0-3) gave him five homers and the Giants a majors-leading 12.

New Giants left fielder Morse emphatically pumped his fist at first base after a third-inning single, then added a two-out double in the fifth. San Francisco scored four runs with two outs.

Belt became the first Giants player since Jose Cruz Jr. in 2003 to hit five home runs through the first eight games.

Nearly nine months after ending his 2013 season with a broken right ankle, Hudson followed up 7 2-3 scoreless innings at Arizona last Wednesday with another strong outing. He allowed three runs - two earned - and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a 101-pitch performance.

''It's hard to pitch better than he did the first two starts,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.

Hudson stayed strong into the late innings, getting through a perfect, seven-pitch seventh with six strikes and a trio of groundballs. It was Hudson's longest outing since also tossing eight innings on June 26, 2012, with the Braves against the D-backs. He is still working to build up his fitness and stamina to avoid fatigue.

''It's been a long road for me to get here,'' Hudson said. ''I'm just thrilled to be back out there pitching and competing, feeling somewhat healthy. I couldn't ask for a better start to the year.''

Arizona has now dropped four openers this season. The Diamondbacks lost in Australia to the Dodgers, at home to the Giants, and at Coors Field.

''Can we get one more in?'' D-backs manager Kirk Gibson quipped.

Mark Trumbo failed to homer, ending his streak of games with home runs at four, which tied the club record. He also lost the ball in left-center on Morse's double.

Brandon Crawford followed with a two-run single.

''We had our chances,'' Gibson said. ''We weren't able to hold them down. We weren't able to get the big two-out hits like they did.''

Cahill, who received no runs of support in his first two starts, gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Brandon Hicks earned the start at second base for the Giants and had a first-inning error that led to Arizona's first run.

Notes

Angel Pagan doubled, singled and scored twice and has an eight-game hitting streak to start the year. ... The Giants won their sixth straight home opener and are 12-3 opening AT&T Park. ... San Francisco plays its first 22 games against the NL West. ... Belt's nine homers against Arizona are his most against any team. ... A moment of silence was held for former Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, ex-pitcher Justin Miller and former athletic trainer Barney Nugent. ... The first-pitch temperature of 73 degrees was the warmest for a Giants home opener since the club moved West in 1958. ... A pair of Scotts threw out ceremonial first pitches - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and SFBatkid Miles Scott. In November, Scott - a young boy who has battled leukemia - took over the city as his favorite superhero to save Gotham through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 
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Tim Hudson allows three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a 101-pitch performance. (USATSI)
Tim Hudson allows three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a 101-pitch performance. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

B. Belt
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, RF4011001 .231
Aaron Hill, 2B4000031 .250
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4110000 .385
Martin Prado, 3B4130000 .268
Miguel Montero, C2001001 .188
Mark Trumbo, LF4000011 .282
Chris Owings, SS3000002 .333
A.J. Pollock, CF3010001 .179
Trevor Cahill, P1000000 .000
   Ryan Rowland-Smith, P1000011 .000
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a-Tony Campana, PH1110000 .200
   J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3137205  
a-tripled for Ziegler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (5, Hudson)
3B - Tony Campana (1, Hudson)
SF - Miguel Montero (1)
RBI - Gerardo Parra (5), Miguel Montero (2)
CS - Gerardo Parra (1, 2nd base by Hudson/Posey)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Prado-Hill-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,0-3) 3.2855151 7.90
Ryan Rowland-Smith 1.1222210 6.23
Oliver Perez 1000020 12.00
Brad Ziegler 1000010 4.91
J.J. Putz 1000030 0.00
IBB - Hicks by Ryan Rowland-Smith
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 80-46, Ryan Rowland-Smith 39-21, Oliver Perez 16-11, Brad Ziegler 11-7, J.J. Putz 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 4-1, Brad Ziegler 2-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 19, Ryan Rowland-Smith 8, Oliver Perez 3, Brad Ziegler 3, J.J. Putz 3
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF3220110 .441
Brandon Belt, 1B4222001 .343
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010012 .161
Buster Posey, C4011001 .310
Hunter Pence, RF3200121 .125
Michael Morse, LF3022010 .391
   Gregor Blanco, PR-LF1100000 .000
Brandon Crawford, SS4022021 .261
Brandon Hicks, 2B3000131 .333
Tim Hudson, P3000013 .000
   a-Ehire Adrianza, PH1000010 .077
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals337107312  
a-struck out for Hudson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (4, Cahill), Michael Morse (2, Rowland-Smith)
HR - Brandon Belt (5, Cahill)
RBI - Brandon Belt 2 (9), Buster Posey (5), Michael Morse 2 (7), Brandon Crawford 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse 2 (6), Brandon Crawford 2 (2)
SB - Hunter Pence (1, 2nd base off Cahill/Montero)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hicks-Belt
E - Brandon Hicks (1, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,2-0) 8732040 1.15
Santiago Casilla 1000010 0.00
HBP - Montero (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 101-70, Santiago Casilla 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-8, Santiago Casilla 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 30, Santiago Casilla 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42166
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Sean Barber, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez