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Goldschmidt takes Lincecum deep to power Diamondbacks over Giants, 7-3

Buster Posey rounds the bases after hitting a third inning home run
Buster Posey rounds the bases after hitting a third inning home run
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The Arizona Diamondbacks offense scored three first-inning runs off Tim Lincecum to power their way to a 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants Wednesday night at AT&T Park.

Bronson Arroyo pitched well enough for his first win of the season
Bronson Arroyo pitched well enough for his first win of the season
Photo Credit: R. Allan Schnoor

Paul Goldschmidt, hit a 3-run home run into the right field stands that gave the Diamondbacks the early lead. Gerardo Parra added another later in the 4th inning to chase Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum. Lincecum threw 71 pitches in 4 innings of work as the inability to regain his Cy Young Award winning form continues to elude Lincecum.

Lincecum, now 0-1, has given up 11 earned runs and 4 home runs in two starts this year. Both starts have come against the Diamondbacks and twice he’s yielded first inning home runs to Paul Goldschmidt. In 2013, Goldschmidt tied Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez with 36 home runs to lead the NL.

Lincecum signed a contract extension in the off-season, inking a 2-year $35 million deal to keep him in San Francisco. Last year, Lincecum was 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA, sporting a 49-54 record since the last Cy Young Award five years ago.

Bronson Arroyo pitched 5 innings allowing 3 runs, 6 hits and walking 1 while striking out 2. Reliever Josh Collmenter pitched 4 innings of 3-hit baseball while striking out four to finish off the Giants.

The Giants’ Buster Posey and Michael Morse each hit solo home runs for the Giants in the second and third innings.

Diamondbacks’ Gerardo Parra countered with a 2-run blast in the fourth inning to give the Diamondbacks a 5–run lead as the Diamondbacks took the second game of the three game series after losing the opener 7-3 Tuesday afternoon. The Diamondbacks will throw Randall Delgado in the series finale Thursday night against the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong.

The Colorado Rockies come into town for a weekend series that begins Friday night. The Rockies are coming off a home series against the White Sox where they scored 21 runs in three games and 60 runs in their first ten games.