PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants opened defense of their third World Series title in five years with a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Bumgarner (1-0) was the NLCS and World Series MVP last season and was sharp to start the 2015 season, allowing a run on six hits.
The Giants lost power-hitting Pablo Sandoval during the offseason and were without injured right fielder Hunter Pence, but made up for it by stringing together 10 hits in four-plus innings against Josh Collmenter (0-2).
Angel Pagan had a pair of run-scoring singles and Brandon Crawford hit a two-run double for the Giants.
Diamondbacks pinch-hitter Jake Lamb hit a three-run double off Sergio Romo in the eighth, but Jeremy Affeldt stranded two runners to end the inning. Santiago Casilla worked a perfect ninth for the save.