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SAN FRANCISCO -- First baseman Paul Goldschmidt whacked his seventh career home run off San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, a three-run shot in the first inning that propelled the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-3 victory Wednesday night over the National League West leaders.

Right fielder Gerardo Parra had three hits, including a game-opening triple and two-run homer, and scored three times for the Diamondbacks (3-8) in the matchup of last- and first-place teams in the West.

Parra, whose home run was his first of the season, struck out and grounded to shortstop in his final two at-bats in search for a double that would have given him the seventh batting cycle in franchise history.

It took the Diamondbacks just 12 pitches to take a lead they would never relinquish thanks to Goldschmidt's 14th, 15th and 16th RBIs in just 24 career at-bats against Lincecum (0-1). He also homered off the former two-time Cy Young Award winner when the teams met last week in Arizona and is now hitting .542 (13-for-24) against him.

The home runs against Lincecum are the only two Goldschmidt has hit this season. He drove in a fourth run with a third-inning sacrifice fly, matching his previous RBI total through 10 games.

Right-hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0) overcame home runs by Giants left fielder Michael Morse, his second, and catcher Buster Posey, his third, to make it through five innings and earn the win. He gave up three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two.

Right-hander Josh Collmenter, who pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings in spring training, shut out the Giants on three hits over the final four innings to earn the first save of his career.

The loss was just the second in six games this season against the Diamondbacks for the Giants (6-3), who got five innings of five-hit, shutout relief from right-handers Yusmeiro Petit, Juan Gutierrez and Jean Machi and left-hander David Huff.

Center fielder Angel Pagan, who has hit safely in all nine of the Giants' games and has had multiple hits in seven of them, had three of San Francisco's nine hits.

The Diamondbacks outhit the Giants 12-9.

Lincecum had trouble finding the strike zone to open the game, and when he did throw the ball over the plate, the results were even worse.

He started out going 3-1 on second baseman Martin Prado, who then laced Lincecum's fifth offering to the fence in right-center field for a triple.

After a four-pitch walk to Prado, Goldschmidt watched a ball and a strike before blasting a fastball into the right-field pavilion for his home run and an immediate three-run cushion for Arroyo.

Goldschmidt's fourth RBI came in the third after Parra and Prado, both of whom had singled, once again reached first and third with no one out. This time, the slugging first baseman went after the first pitch, skying a fly just shy of the warning track in right field.

Parra scored easily on the sacrifice fly, and Prado followed him shortly thereafter on an RBI triple by third baseman Eric Chavez that put Arizona up 5-1.

Parra made it 7-1 in the fourth with his homer to right after Arroyo had kept the inning alive with a two-out single.

Lincecum was pulled at inning's end, having given up seven runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Morse's home run, a mammoth blast three-quarters of the way up the left-field bleachers, came in the bottom of the second and temporarily got San Francisco back within two runs at 3-1. It was Morse's second homer as a Giant.

San Francisco cut the Arizona lead to 5-2 in the last of the third when right fielder Hunter Pence's infield out scored third baseman Pablo Sandoval. But for the third time in three innings, Arroyo stranded a Giants baserunner in scoring position to retain his team's cushion.

Posey's third homer of the year, a solo shot with two outs in the fifth, made it 7-3.

NOTES: Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt's first-inning home run gave him 13 hits in his first 24 career at-bats against Giants RHP Tim Lincecum, a .542 average. ... Goldschmidt hasn't hit more than three home runs off any other major-league pitcher. ... Goldschmidt has hit 10 home runs against the Giants in 52 career games. ... Goldschmidt has reached base safely at least once in all 11 Diamondbacks games and 30 straight dating back to last season. It's the sixth-longest such streak in franchise history. ... Lincecum hasn't allowed more than four home runs to any batter other than Goldschmidt. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan ran his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single. His streak is tied for the second longest in the majors behind Colorado Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer's 10-game run.
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