New closer, same result: Giants blow lead in 9th vs D-backs

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That brought Fernando Rodney in for his Diamondbacks debut, but a lead-off triple led to the Giants taking the lead once again in the top of the ninth. The 27-year-old had three home runs last season and has 14 total in his career with a.183 batting average.

MadBum set an Major League Baseball record for most Opening Day home runs by a pitcher, with two.

Bumgarner is the first Giants pitcher with a multihomer game since Jim Gott in 1985, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Bumgarner's first home run was a solo shot off Arizona starter Zack Greinke in the fifth inning that gave the Giants a 2-0 lead. Madison Bumgarner did the deed on Sunday.

Eduardo Nunez had three hits, stole two bases and drove in a run for the Giants.

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Starting pitching report: Bumgarner's final line: 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts.

At the plate: Bumgarner has now taken two pitchers deep multiple times: Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.

His second home run came off reliever Andrew Chafin in the seventh inning after Arizona spoiled his flawless game and tied the score with three runs on four hits in the sixth inning. Daniel Descalso and Pollack hit two singles in a row to load the bases.

Up next: Johnny Cueto makes his first start of his second season with the Giants.

But, just like past year, their bullpen struggled late, and new closer Mike Melancon could not seal the deal.

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