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Lamb, bam! D-backs' HRs sink Shark, Giants

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PHOENIX -- After losing nine of 10 games at home to the Giants in 2016, the D-backs have turned the tables so far this year.

The D-backs smacked three home runs, including a three-run shot by Jake Lamb in the sixth, to rally past the Giants, 9-3, on Thursday night and claim three of the four games in the opening series at Chase Field.

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PHOENIX -- After losing nine of 10 games at home to the Giants in 2016, the D-backs have turned the tables so far this year.

The D-backs smacked three home runs, including a three-run shot by Jake Lamb in the sixth, to rally past the Giants, 9-3, on Thursday night and claim three of the four games in the opening series at Chase Field.

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It was the first time since 2008 that the D-backs won a four-game series against the Giants at home. No one, though, in the Arizona clubhouse was getting ahead of themselves.

"It's a good way to start," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "But we know we've got a long season. If we would have been 1-3 we would've been saying there's a long way to go."

The Giants built a 2-0 lead before the D-backs tied it up with back-to-back homers in the fourth by David Peralta and Goldschmidt. Peralta added an RBI double as Arizona pulled away with three runs in the eighth.

Video: SF@ARI: Peralta, Goldschmidt hit back-to-back homers

Jorge De La Rosa (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the D-backs while Jeff Samardzija (0-1) took the loss.

"It comes down to pitching a little bit better," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "This whole series, that got away from us."

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Lamb chop:
It was a rough first two at-bats for Lamb, who struck out swinging in the second and looking in the fourth. In the sixth, though, he delivered the big blow of the game with a three-run homer to right-center, which gave the D-backs the lead for good at 5-3.

"He's our No. 4 hitter," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Lamb. "He can do anything at any time and break open a game. It was a quality at-bat that resulted in a three-run home run that put us in the lead. Jake jumped on a mistake and that really was the tipping point in the game."

Big hit proves elusive: All series long, the Giants lacked the truly conclusive base hit that would put away a ballgame in their favor. Case in point Thursday: The sixth inning. After Buster Posey's RBI double broke a 2-2 tie, the Giants proceeded to load the bases with two out. Up came Chris Marrero, who was 0-for-7 on the season. That became 0-for-8 as Marrero flied out to center field. More >

"You try to limit the damage," Bochy said. "When they scored, they put up a crooked number. When we scored, we put up one."

Video: SF@ARI: Posey doubles to left field, scores Pence

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: San Francisco hopes to welcome center fielder Denard Span, who has been bothered by stiffness in his left hip, back to the lineup as the Giants continue their two-city, seven-game trip with a 3:40 p.m. PT encounter Friday in San Diego. No. 5 starter Matt Cain, formerly the staff ace, will pitch for the Giants.

D-backs: The D-backs open a three-game series against the Indians on Friday night with Shelby Miller making his first start of the year at 6:40 p.m. MST. Miller struggled through a miserable 2016, during which he was demoted to the Minor Leagues. He has, however, pitched well this spring.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.