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Middle of Giants' lineup leans to right

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PHOENIX -- The San Francisco Giants believe they have a little more pop in the lineup with the addition of left fielder Mike Morse and a healthy center fielder Angel Pagan this season, and they played that way in the season opener Monday.

San Francisco rallied from 6-2 and 7-3 deficits to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-8 with a two-out, tiebreaking, two-run home run by catcher and cleanup hitter Buster Posey in the ninth inning at Chase Field.

First baseman Brandon Belt, who batted second, also had a bases-empty homer among his three hits.

Manager Bruce Bochy installed switch-hitting third baseman Pablo Sandoval as his No. 3 hitter, and he plans to use Posey, right fielder Hunter Pence and Morse as the Nos. 4-5-6 hitters, at least until he sees how it works. Bochy said he is not concerned that all three of them hit right-handed.

"They are three good right-handed hitters," Bochy said. "They are not guys I am planning on platooning. I am OK with that. There at the top of the order, we are balanced pretty good. Those three guys, if you look at Morse's splits, they are pretty balanced. Posey, Pence, too. I'm comfortable with those three right there."

Posey, who has six career homers at Chase Field, is a career .343 hitter against lefties and a .294 batter against righties. Morse hits .280 against righties and .284 against lefties. Pence has a .284 mark against righties, .289 against lefties.

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