It’s been eight seasons since the San Francisco Giants dropped eight straight games, and even longer since they lost their first five at home.
They’ll look to avoid doing both Friday night, when they can also avert matching their worst 12-game start of the San Francisco era when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Despite rallying from three runs down and tying the game in the ninth and 10th innings, San Francisco (3-8) fell 7-6 to Arizona in 12 innings Thursday. Though the Giants scored more than two runs for the second time in eight games, they’re in danger of losing eight straight for the first time since June 13-22, 2007.
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The reigning World Series champs haven’t started 0-5 in San Francisco since 2000.
”We’re not happy about it, that’s for sure,” Thursday’s starter Madison Bumgarner said. ”But I definitely think things will turn around for us. It can be frustrating but we play a lot of games.”
The Giants were 3-10 in 1983 and 3-9 in 1985 and 2000.
"When you go through a stretch like this, it is definitely magnified when it’s the start of the season," catcher Buster Posey told MLB’s official website.
Arizona (5-5) improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games by winning for the fourth time in 15 meetings with the Giants.
Paul Goldschmidt gave the Diamondbacks a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer off Bumgarner in the fifth and Aaron Hill delivered a two-run double in the 12th to help them split the season’s first four matchups with San Francisco.
Arizona outfielder Ender Inciarte had two hits and is batting .405. He’s 5 for 14 against the Giants in 2015.
Goldschmidt has gone 4 for 10 in the last three against San Francisco. He has a home run in two at-bats against scheduled starter Jake Peavy.
The veteran right-hander has won five straight starts against the Diamondbacks, and posted a 1.77 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in three over the last two seasons.
However, Peavy looks to bounce back after all the runs he allowed Sunday at San Diego came on backup catcher Wil Nieves’ grand slam in his fourth and final inning of a 6-4 defeat. Peavy, who had been dealing with lower-back stiffness, gave up three other hits and walked three with five strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter (0-2, 6.52 ERA) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 5-4 season-opening defeat to the Giants on April 6.
”For me to be successful I have to throw fastballs where I want them to be,” the right-hander said after that start. ”I was throwing them all over the place. I got behind in some counts. I threw some pitches that they could put the bat on and they did that sometimes.”
Collmenter, who was 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his previous four starts against San Francisco, wasn’t much better Sunday when he yielded three runs and nine hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
”I’ve got to make better pitches,” he said. ”Even the ones that aren’t getting a lot of the bat, they are getting enough of it so I have to put them in a better location.”
Posey is 11 for 20 with three home runs and a double against Collmenter while Angel Pagan is 7 for 12 with two doubles.