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Giants blow big lead, lose to Diamondbacks 7-6

Associated Press Published: April 8, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — The San Francisco Giants had an agonizing end to a bad weekend in the desert.

For the eighth time in a row, they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this one was particularly galling.

San Francisco had a six-run lead and Matt Cain on the mound but couldn't hold it, losing 7-6 on Sunday as the Diamondbacks completed a season-opening three-game sweep.

"They chipped away and we couldn't add on," manager Bruce Bochy said, "and in the one inning what could go wrong did go wrong. We couldn't make a play there and a couple of walks mixed in. We beat ourselves."

Ryan Roberts and Lyle Overbay hit consecutive two-out homers off Cain in the sixth inning and the Diamondbacks tied a franchise record by rallying from six runs down.

"The thing about those guys is that almost any of them can take you deep, so you have to concentrate on making good pitches to all of them," Cain said. "They all are a threat to hit the long ball and that is tough sometimes. You have to stay on your game and not let anything slip. That happened today a little bit. I didn't make my pitches when I needed to make them."

It marked the seventh time in franchise history that Arizona came from six down to win. The Diamondbacks did it twice last year, when they led the majors with 48 come-from-behind wins.

"It's nice," Overbay said. "To do it against Matt Cain and the Giants, that's a tough task."

Bochy was ejected for arguing home plate umpire Mike DiMuro's call that catcher Buster Posey missed the plate on a forceout, a ruling that allowed what proved to be the winning run to score in the seventh inning. Bochy said after the game that he was wrong.

"I couldn't tell to be honest. I argued, then came back and got word that he was on home plate," Bochy said. "That is when I lost it. Looking at it, he got it right. Buster was not on home plate."

Posey said he didn't know.

"I couldn't feel the plate," he said. "I couldn't tell. As hard as the ground is there, I couldn't feel."

Posey hit his first home run in nearly a year to help the Giants take a 6-0 lead through three innings.

Wade Miley (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings in relief of starter Josh Collmenter to get the win. Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) allowed two runs while getting just one out.

In the ninth, Bryan Shaw allowed a two-out single to Melky Cabrera and hit Pablo Sandoval with a pitch but fanned Posey on three pitches to get his first major league save.

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