Arizona blows another lead, loses to Giants 8-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm •  Published: April 3, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — For the second time in four games, the Arizona Diamondbacks couldn't hold a lead.

Angel Pagan hit a three-run home run in San Francisco's five-run eighth inning and the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 8-5 on Thursday in a game that was halted briefly in the top of the first due to a swarm of bees in the outfield.

Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers and Arizona led 5-3 after seven, but the Giants teed off on reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the eighth to take three of four games from the Diamondbacks.

"Close games but our bullpen cost us two of them," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Brandon Belt hit his third home run of the series and Brandon Hicks had a pinch-hit solo shot for the Giants, who had rallied from four down to win the series opener Monday.

Belt, who had no homers and just two RBIs in the spring, joined Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Kevin Mitchell as the only Giants with three homers in the first four games of a season.

Goldschmidt homered in the first inning off Tim Lincecum, his sixth homer in 21 career at-bats against the Giants right-hander.

"I'm going to start throwing underhand to him," Lincecum said. "I don't know, I've just got to figure out something."

Jean Machi (2-0) got one out for the victory.

Machi also got the win in the season opener.

Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 25 games, second-longest in franchise history. He also doubled to improve to 12 of 23 against Lincecum with 13 RBIs.

With a pair of season-opening losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, Arizona has started the season 1-5.

Bronson Arroyo, sidelined most of the spring with a sore back, was lifted after 4 1-3 innings in his Diamondbacks' debut.

Pagan, who had three hits, homered on the first pitch after the Giants tied it at 5.

"It was down and over the plate," Gibson said. "He is very aggressive and he smoked it."

With the Diamondbacks leading 5-3, Hunter Pence drew a one-out walk in the eighth and scored on Hector Sanchez's double. Pinch-hitter Buster Posey was walked intentionally and Michael Morse's pinch-hit single up the middle tied it. That brought up Pagan, who hit the first pitch into the swimming pool area in right field to put San Francisco on top.