SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner tossed six solid innings in his long-awaited season debut but was outpitched by Patrick Corbin as the Arizona Diamondbacks held off San Francisco 3-2 on Tuesday night, ending the Giants‘ five-game winning streak.
More than two months after breaking the pinkie on his pitching hand during his final start of spring training, Bumgarner (0-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in his first regular-season outing. San Francisco’s ace left-hander struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.
Corbin (6-2) struck out seven over 6 1/3 innings, permitting one run and four hits with two walks. The left-hander was staked to an early lead that barely held up for the first-place Diamondbacks.
Buster Posey hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth and Andrew McCutchen followed with a single before Brad Boxberger retired Evan Longoria on a groundout to earn his 14th save.
Bumgarner had so hoped to start this season on a positive note after he missed nearly three months in 2017 following an April 20 dirt bike accident sustained during an off day in Colorado. But after breaking his left pinkie in March when it was hit by a line drive, he underwent surgery to have three pins inserted and then later had them removed.
Bumgarner received cheers when he headed out to left field to begin his warmup routine, then a nice ovation when his name was announced before the game.
He threw 17 pitches in the first, 12 strikes, and allowed Paul Goldschmidt’s single for the first of three hits by the slugger. Bumgarner was tagged for two runs in the second, when he gave up consecutive doubles to Ketel Marte and Chris Owings to start the inning, then Kristopher Negron’s RBI single.
Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb gave Arizona an important insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo expected Bumgarner’s best even if Day One of this season for the 2014 World Series MVP came in early June.
“I can be sure of one thing, he’s going to come out guns a blazing doing what he does best,” Lovullo said.
Corbin struck out the side in the fifth with the bases loaded to escape a huge jam.
San Francisco had just put one run back on the board for Bumgarner in the fifth on Brandon Crawford‘s RBI double after Mac Williamson doubled leading off the inning. Pablo Sandoval followed with a bloop single into shallow center, then Joe Panik walked to bring up MadBum with the bases loaded and no outs.
Bumgarner, who has two career grand slams, struck out swinging and slammed the barrel of his bat into the dirt in disgust — his 12th strikeout lifetime with the bases full. Gorkys Hernandez and Posey also struck out as the Giants struggled to deliver key hits one night after a 10-3 win.
The Giants missed scoring opportunities in the seventh and eighth.
Starting opposite Bumgarner for the third time in his career and first at AT&T Park, Corbin retired his first 11 batters before McCutchen’s two-out single in the fourth.
Corbin won at San Francisco for the first time since Sept. 19, 2015. He is 3-0 with a 1.30 ERA in his last four starts versus the Giants and 5-1 in his last 11 road outings, 10 starts.
Goldschmidt’s ground-rule double in the fifth came on the ninth pitch he saw from Bumgarner.
Giants starters haven’t allowed more than two runs in the last five games.
Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller, recovering from May 2017 Tommy John surgery, will stay with Double-A Jackson for now on his rehab assignment. He made his second rehab outing, also having pitched for High-A Visalia, on Monday and allowed one run, four hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts while throwing 79 pitches.
Lovullo said Miller will make one more start with the hope of getting him stretched out to about 90 pitches. “He said he was sore in all the right places,” Lovullo said.
Diamondbacks RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 1.50 ERA) makes his second career start against the Giants and first since June 26, 2010, also at AT&T Park while with Boston. Giants RHP Chris Stratton (7-3, 4.50) goes for his eighth victory. The Giants are 9-3 in his starts this season, including 5-1 at home.