PHOENIX (AP) — For Trevor Cahill, this loss represented a small step forward.
Cahill kept the Giants scoreless into the fifth inning, but he was outpitched by Tim Hudson on San Francisco's 2-0 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
Hudson (1-0) was making his first start since July 24 after fracturing his right ankle against the Mets while pitching for the Braves. The veteran right-hander had four strikeouts and no walks, and had Arizona hitters pounding the ball into the ground.
Cahill (0-1) held the Giants scoreless until the fifth. Angel Pagan singled in a run in the fifth and Michael Morse doubled in a run in the sixth to make it 2-0.
"I try and be too perfect with my pitches and tend to get hurt," Cahill said. "The coaching staff told me just to relax and treat the game as if this was another bullpen session."
After allowing eight hits and five runs in four innings against the Dodgers March 23, Cahill's surrendered four hits, two runs and three walks.
"The difference was his ability to command the strike zone," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Yet, the walks hurt him. In a tight game like this one, you can't make mistakes."
Sergio Romo shut down the Diamondbacks in order to record his second save.
The Diamondbacks threatened only twice with Hudson on the mound.
After Hudson retired the first nine hitters, Gerardo Parra led off the fourth with a single to center, moved to second on a wild pitch but was stranded when Paul Goldschmidt struck out and Martin Prado flied to center.