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SF@ARI: Gibson talks about D-backs 5-2 loss

PHOENIX -- Daniel Hudson can only shake his head in frustration.

Whether it is his struggles in the first inning, the breaks the opposition seem to get against him, or a lack of run support, there are no easy explanations.

All that's certain is that his record is 0-3 after the Giants beat the D-backs, 5-2, on Friday night at Chase Field.

"He had 10 strikeouts; he didn't throw as bad as it looks," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

"I really only want one pitch back," Hudson said.

That was a 1-0 changeup he tried to throw away from Pablo Sandoval with two outs in the first inning. It wound up catching more of the plate than he would have liked.

"I was just trying to get him to roll it over to first base or something like that, and I just left it over the middle of the plate," Hudson said.

The pitch was still down despite the missed location, but Sandoval drove it over the wall in right-center to give the Giants a quick 3-0 lead.

"It's nice to get a three-run homer against a good pitcher," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Hudson has good stuff out there. He throws hard out there. They have a good, young arm there."

It was a continuation of recent first-inning struggles for Hudson (0-3). Of the 10 runs he's allowed this year, five have come in the first inning.

"I don't know what it is," Hudson said when asked about his opening-frame issues. "It's probably just something I'm going through right now."

A 3-0 first-inning deficit is typically not that steep of a hill to climb, especially in a hitter-friendly ballpark like Chase Field. But when you combine the dominance Giants starter Matt Cain has shown over the D-backs the past two seasons along with Arizona's lack of run support for Hudson this year, it looked daunting.

In Hudson's three starts this year, the D-backs have scored one run while he has been in the game. That's one run in 19 innings, the third-worst support in the Majors.

"I can't do anything about that except go out there and try to put zeros up and keep the team in the game long enough for the offense to start clicking," Hudson said. "It's going to even out in the end. It's not like they're not trying to score runs. Guys are going out and having good outings against me."

That certainly was the case with Cain, who was dominant through six innings, allowing just three hits. Twice the D-backs stole second with one out in an inning, but the right-hander was able each time to retire the next two hitters.

"We didn't take advantage of our situations," Gibson said. "[Cain] throws any pitch at any time. He's very unpredictable. He knows he can pitch, he knows he's good and he comes right after you. He's got good stuff. We're not the only guys he beats up on, I'll tell you that right now."

Last season against the Snakes, Cain was 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA and held the D-backs to a .123 batting average.

The D-backs finally knocked him out of the game when they put two runners on to start the seventh.

"He pitched good," Montero said of Cain. "He kept us off balance, kept mixing it up and he threw strikes when he needed to. That's why he's a good pitcher."

Hudson ended up allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out 10 over six innings. It was the first time in 13 starts since the D-backs acquired him last July that Hudson did not record a quality start -- at least six innings with three or fewer runs allowed.

"He goes out, he works hard, he does everything and prepares properly," Gibson said. "He's thrown good games for us and he has nothing to show for it." Comments