Diamondbacks' big night falls apart in 9-8 loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 1:33 am •  Published: April 1, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Everything looked great for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

They led San Francisco 7-3 after seven innings in front of a capacity Chase Field crowd.

Then the bullpen fell apart and the Giants rallied for a 9-8 win on Buster Posey's two-run home run in the ninth inning off new Arizona closer Addison Reed.

"Terrible pitch, good swing," Reed said. "It was right over the middle of the plate. Anybody is going to hit that a long way."

Posey had no experience against Reed, who came to the Diamondbacks in an offseason trade from the Chicago White Sox.

"I've never faced him before, spring training or anything," Posey said. "I was really just trying to get a pitch I can handle."

He got it on a fastball that he sent over the left field wall.

"It stings a bit but we need to regroup and come back tomorrow," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

It was the season opener for San Francisco and the first true home game for the Diamondbacks, who started the season with two losses as the home team against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia.

Miguel Montero, who had three hits and reached base five times, homered to lead off the Arizona ninth and make it a one-run game.

Brandon Belt had three hits, including a solo home run, and singled ahead of Posey's homer.

Arizona scored four unearned runs off Bumgarner in the fourth and led 7-3 after six. San Francisco got four runs with two outs in the seventh, with reliever Brad Ziegler walking in the tying run.

Jean Machi (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief to get the victory. Reed (0-1), acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the offseason, got the loss. Sergio Romo, who gave up the home run to Montero, earned the save.

After Montero's shot to left, Chris Owings reached on a bunt single and was sacrificed to second by Gerardo Parra. Pinch-hitter Eric Chavez struck out and A.J. Pollock, who has started the season 0 for 13, popped out to end it. Pollock was 0 for 6 with four strikeouts.

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