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COL@HOU: Guthrie earns the win in his Rockies' debut

The Giants finally put a number under the win column Monday against the National League West rival Rockies, spoiling Opening Day in Denver.

On Wednesday, San Francisco sends ace Tim Lincecum to the mound as the Giants try for two straight wins against the Rockies and their new ace, Jeremy Guthrie.

While Lincecum and Guthrie are their teams' respective No. 1 starters, the two are coming off different season debuts. Guthrie, acquired in a February trade from Baltimore, was solid in his first start with the Rockies, earning the win in Houston by holding the Astros to three runs on four hits (two home runs) in seven innings.

On Wednesday, he'll make his first home start for the Rockies -- and first appearance at Coors Field.

Lincecum, meanwhile, allowed a three-run first inning in his Opening Day start in Arizona and, while he allowed only six hits and struck out seven, was unable to make it out of the sixth inning.

"I didn't feel like my control was off," Lincecum said afterward. "I just missed location on a couple of pitches and they made me pay for it."

It was only one start, however, and there's certainly no need to worry about a pitcher who, at only 27, already has two National League Cy Young Awards and a World Series championship under his belt. He also has fared well at Coors Field in his career, going 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 10 starts.

Giants: Posey, Belt expected back
Catcher Buster Posey and first baseman Brandon Belt are expected to return to the Giants' lineup Wednesday after sitting out Monday's series opener.

"This was the plan, to give him the first day off here, and the day off gives him two days," Bochy said of Posey. "At that point, we'll check on him after the game and see how he's doing. I don't know if we have to do that any more. He feels fine."

Bochy also opted to give Belt two days off after the young first baseman admitted he had been pressing at the plate.

• The Giants have never started the season 0-4 since moving to San Francisco.

Rockies: Milestones ahead
With 555 doubles, first baseman Todd Helton is one behind Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu for 24th on the all-time doubles list. Jeff Kent and Eddie Murray are next on the list, each with 560. Jason Giambi, with 1,317 walks, also needs two more to tie Tony Phillips for 37th on the all-time list.

• With Monday's loss, the Rockies now are 11-9 all-time in home openers.

Worth noting
• Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has spent most of his career in the American League with Guthrie, is a career .355 (11-for-31) hitter against the right-hander, with four doubles and a home run.

• Helton is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with three doubles and a home run against Lincecum in his career.

• The Giants are batting .167 (6-for-36) with runners in scoring position through the season's first four games.

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