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GIANTS (6-6) vs.ARIZONA (5-6)
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have averaged more than seven runs on their first homestand of the season, but they've surrendered even more.
Friday's series opener with the Giants could produce a rare pitchers' duel in Phoenix.
Matt Cain looks to lead the Giants to a third straight victory as he squares off against Daniel Hudson, who has yet to receive any help from an Arizona offense which has been explosive lately.
There was nothing out of the ordinary about the Diamondbacks' season-opening road trip, when they were outscored 23-20 while going 2-3.
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Since returning to Chase Field, though, Arizona (5-6) has seen its offense get hot against Cincinnati and St. Louis, three times posting 10 runs or more. The Diamondbacks have split those six games while batting .316 with nine homers.
If they aren't lighting up the scoreboard, however, they haven't won. After surrendering eight runs apiece in three consecutive games, Arizona gave up that many in the first two innings Wednesday in a 15-5 loss to the Cardinals.
"It is tough to be in a game like that but they kept battling," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was a lot to make up. I've played in several games like that and you can push yourself as much as you want. It's frustrating. It's disappointing."
Their team has been outscored 47-44 on the homestand, but the fans in Phoenix could be in for a considerably different atmosphere with Cain (1-0, 1.38 ERA) opposing Hudson (0-2, 3.46).
San Francisco's right-hander didn't allow an earned run in 21 1-3 innings in the 2010 postseason, and he pitched six in a 10-0 win over Los Angeles on April 2.
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His shutout streak ended Saturday against St. Louis, but Cain was still solid, surrendering two runs over seven innings before the Giants (6-6) rallied for a 3-2 win -- the day they received their World Series rings.
"Incredible postseason run he had. It is fitting to have him out there," manager Bruce Bochy said. "What an unsung hero he is with the way he pitched."
Other than Stephen Drew (9 for 27, three homers), the Diamondbacks can't be looking forward to facing Cain, who went 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA in three starts in the series last season. He struck out 25 in 23 1-3 innings.
Hudson was nearly as dominant against the Giants in 2010, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts after coming over from the White Sox.
The right-hander has been strong in his first two outings of 2011 but hasn't gotten any support. Hudson gave up three runs over six innings April 2 at Colorado as Arizona failed to score while he was in the game. He surrendered two first-inning runs Saturday, then held Cincinnati scoreless over the next six in a 6-1 loss.
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"He certainly did his job," Gibson told the Diamondbacks' official website. "He had a rough first inning, but settled in nicely. He got stronger as the game went on."
Arizona better hope it can give Hudson a lead Friday because it won't want to face Brian Wilson in the ninth. San Francisco's closer, who have up five runs in his first two outings this season, bounced back with consecutive perfect innings in saves against the Dodgers on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Seven of Wilson's major league-best 48 saves last season came against Arizona, allowing six baserunners and striking out 10 over 9 2-3 scoreless innings. He's been scored upon only once in 13 career appearances in Phoenix.