Tim Lincecum loses to Arizona and Ian Kennedy beats San Francisco.
Those facts persisted through all of last season and carried over to the reigning NL West champion Diamondbacks' 5-4 season-opening victory over the Giants on Friday night.
Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt hit first-inning home runs, then Ryan Roberts' two-run double broke a sixth-inning tie as Arizona defeated Lincecum (0-1) for the fourth time in a row.
''I left a floating change-up up there in the middle of the plate and a fastball that wasn't executed well,'' Lincecum said. ''With the exception of that first inning I settled down pretty well and did all right, but all right isn't good enough on opening day.''
Kennedy (1-0) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings to beat the Giants for the fourth straight decision.
Lincecum had said this week that this could be a ''statement'' game between two teams that expect to contend for the division title. With 161 games to play, it probably says no more than t...