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Giants cruise to 7-3 win in home opener (w/video)

  • Starting pitcher Tim Hudson throws a strike during the Giants home opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

San Francisco now ranks second in Major League Baseball with 47 runs scored, an encouraging turnaround for a team that frequently had trouble plating runners last season. Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run of the season -#8212; a two-run shot in the first inning -#8212; young Michael Morse went 2 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in and leadoff man Pagan raised his batting average to .441; he has hit safely in every game this season.

"It's addictive when you see everybody," Pagan said. "If I wasn't the leadoff hitter and I see the leadoff man with a great at-bat like that, I want to do like the same. I want to keep the line moving."

A four-run lead was more than enough for Hudson, who had a typically outstanding day. He was rarely overpowering against the D-backs, but he hit his spots, changed speeds effectively and battled out of jams when he had to. He did not walk a batter.

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"Anytime you get a lead early, it makes our job a lot easier," Hudson said. "We can be a lot more aggressive. You know, make 'em earn what they get."

Arizona got a run in the second inning on a single by Martin Prado, a hit batter and a throwing error by Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks, but Hudson got out of it by inducing a pair of fly balls.

When Paul Goldschmidt doubled, moved up on a single and scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, Hudson tamped out the fire with three straight fly-ball outs.

The Diamondbacks had only three baserunners after that; one of them, pinch hitter Tony Campana, tripled and scored in the eighth inning.

"Just keep the ball down, change speeds," Hudson said. "I mean, there's not a whole lot of secrets with me out there."

Santiago Casilla relieved Hudson for the ninth and pitched a one-two-three inning.

The Giants went quietly over the last three innings, too, but they had padded their lead by then.


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