Baseball: Pitcher makes history with two home runs

San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with first base coach Jose Alguacil. Photo / AP
San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with first base coach Jose Alguacil. Photo / AP

Madison Bumgarner hit two homers but the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon to beat the Giants 6-5 in a wild season opener.

Derailed by a dreadful bullpen last year, the Giants started this season the same way - even after trying to solve the problem by bringing in Melancon on a $62 million, four-year contract. They wasted a record-breaking performance by Bumgarner, who retired his first 16 batters and became the first major league pitcher to hit two home runs on opening day.


Arizona got a double and three singles after Melancon (0-1) retired his first two hitters in the ninth. A.J. Pollock singled in the tying run and Chris Owings dumped a base hit into right field to end it.

New Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney (1-0) gave up a run in a shaky ninth but got the victory.

San Francisco took a 5-4 lead when Joe Panik led off the ninth with a triple and scored on pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie's sacrifice fly.


Bumgarner struck out 11 with no walks in seven innings. He gave up three runs and became the first Giants pitcher to go deep twice in one game since Jim Gott in 1985.

- AP

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