Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/8/12
PHOENIX The Diamondbacks passed the hero hat again Sunday, after another of the relentless comeback victories out of which they carved their identity last year. The D-backs tied a franchise record by overcoming a six-run deficit in a 7-6 victory to finish a season-opening sweep of San Francisco on Sunday, the m.o. that resulted in 48 comeback victories, an NL West pennant and a trip to the 2011 NLDS.Only the names occasionally change. Lyle Overbay had two big hits, Wade Miley threw four innings of hitless relief for the victory, Craig Breslow held the lead and Bryan Shaw got his first major league save by throwing three cut fastballs by Buster Posey with two outs and runners on first and second in the ninth. It is not that the usual suspects were nowhere to be found. It is that the last two years, every D-back has become a likely contributor. Overbay, Miley and Breslow were making their first appearances of the season; Shaw, the first in a save situation in his career. Thats the great part, third baseman Ryan Roberts said. Everybody checks their egos at the door when they walk in. Its whatever you have to do to win a game. Thats it. Every game is the same game. Were going to treat it like it is the seventh game of the World Series. San Franciscos Matt Cain signed a five-year, 112.5 million contract extension last Monday, and he looked every bit worth it in the first three innings. He pitched out of a no-out, runner-on-third situation in the first and allowed only one other hit until the fourth. Meanwhile, the Giants built a 6-0 lead against right-hander Josh Collmenter, whose struggles carried over from spring training. Catcher Buster Poseys first homer in almost a year capped a three-run third inning after he singled to open a three-run second. That only served to kindle D-backs comeback. After a major league-high 48 comeback victories last season, the D-backs know the drill. By now, it looks natural.One deficit this sesaon. One deficit overcome. Thats what weve made our team, said Overbay, who had three hits and three RBIs. Thats how we did it last year. Its kind of nice. To do it against Matt Cain and the Giants is a tough task. Overbay started the comeback with a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning after Miguel Montero walked and Chris Young singled. As Miley continued to hold down the Giants while pitching through three infield errors, Roberts two-out, two-run homer made it 6-4 in the sixth. Overbay followed with a homer to right, and it was a game again. We got a couple of key hits, and Miley threw great to keep us in the game, Overbay said. He (Cain) made a mistake on my pitch. You have to make him pay. Cain doesnt make mistakes. You cant miss those. The D-backs persistence seemed to get to the Giants in the seventh, when the D-backs scored the tying and go-ahead runs on one only one hit off four relievers. The Giants committed two infield errors and walked two. Ive been on the other end of that. You have a six-oh lead and the other team starts coming, it puts pressure on you, Gibson said. Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel opened the seventh with his first hit as a D-back, an opposite field single to left, before being forced at second by Willie Bloomquist. Jeremy Affeldt walked Aaron Hill and Santiago Casilla walked Justin Upton, loading the bases. Javier Lopez entered and got what appeared to be a double play grounder from Montero, but shortstop Brandon Crawford mishandled the ball as Bloomquist scored to tie the game at 6. Sergio Romo, the fourth Giants pitcher, got Chris Young to ground to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. His throw to the plate was in time to force Hill, but home plate umpire Mike DiMuro ruled that catcher Poseys right foot was not on the plate when he took the throw. It was 7-6. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected for arguing, but he later said DiMuro got the call right. Breslow got a strikeout and a double play to get out of the eighth, and Shaw made it interesting in the ninth, giving up a two-out single to Melky Cabrera and hitting Pablo Sandoval before striking out Posey. Were going to keep grinding. Keep playing. You get down early we were down last year a lot. You know you can come back," Roberts said."Its just keeping your nose in it until the last out of the ninth inning, Roberts said. Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
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