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SF@ARI: Hill hammers his second homer of the ballgame

PHOENIX -- One day after hitting eighth, Aaron Hill found himself in the No. 2 spot. The D-backs' second baseman's production, though, was more like a cleanup hitter.

Hill smacked a pair of home runs to help back a solid start by Daniel Hudson as the D-backs beat the Giants, 5-4, on a sun-splashed Saturday at Chase Field.

"He had a great game today," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He swung the bat good. We have a very versatile lineup. Initially, we're going to move some guys around to try to find what the best place for everybody is. And then it changes against different pitchers."

Gibson is known for switching his lineups frequently, and Hill's close friend, shortstop John McDonald, turned to Gibson in the dugout after Hill's first homer and said, "We ought to hit Hill once a week eighth just to [tick] him off."

Hill laughed when told of the comment.

"I think Gibby knows that not one guy in here cares where we hit," Hill said. "Our goal every day is to come in and win a ballgame. I guess you could say I'm a little comfortable hitting at the top of the lineup because most of my career, that's where I've been. But at the same time, I've talked to Gibby and he knows I could honestly care less. It doesn't change my approach. You're still looking for a pitch to drive."

For the second straight game, the D-backs jumped on a Giants starter before he could settle in. With one out in the first, Hill launched a 2-2 pitch from Madison Bumgarner over the wall in left, and later in the inning, Chris Young lined a double off the wall in center to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.

One inning later, Hill, who was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Opening Day, hit a two-run homer to put the D-backs up 4-0.

"He's got great stuff," Hill said of Bumgarner. "I just told myself to relax. Yesterday I had a little nerves maybe, trying to hit the ball a little too hard. I got some pitches to hit and luckily did some good damage with it."

Young's second double of the game in the fifth gave the D-backs a 5-2 lead.

"Normally Bumgarner is really good at throwing his cutter," Young said. "I think today he missed his spot a little more than he normally does. He left a few pitches out over the middle that gave us the opportunity to get the barrel to the ball. He's still a good pitcher. He just missed his spot a few times and we were able to take advantage of it."

Just like in the opener, the Giants made things interesting thanks to Brett Pill's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh that ended Hudson's day and pulled San Francisco to within 5-4.

David Hernandez and J.J. Putz once again shut the door in the final two frames to give the D-backs their seventh straight win against the Giants.

Scoring early has been a key for the D-backs, who have scored nine runs against San Francisco starters in 9 1/3 innings.

"Our guys have track records and we know how good they are," Giants catcher Buster Posey said of the Giants' staff.

The win was the seventh straight for the D-backs over the Giants, including the game that clinched the National League West last year.

"It's coincidence, that's all it is, I think," Young said. "We've been able to play good baseball lately. With the Giants, even though you would like to have the same intensity with every team, I'm sure deep inside with the majority of us for some reason you create a little more fire under you when you play teams in your division. I think there's a nice little fire under us when we play the Giants, and we've played good baseball." Comments