SAN FRANCISCO — Pitcher Jake Peavy has no answer to what is wrong with the San Francisco Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy is hoping he can figure it out, and fast.
The reigning World Series champions are making some history for all the wrong reasons so far.
Josh Collmenter pitched a four-hitter and had a career-high three hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the Giants to an eighth straight loss with a 9-0 win Friday night.
The Giants' eight-game skid is their longest since June 13-22, 2007, in home run king Barry Bonds' final season, and matches the worst start in San Francisco history.
"In general, these eight games, we haven't played well," Bochy said. "I wish we had a magic wand to fix it, but we don't so we have no choice but to come back and get after it tomorrow."
Peavy (0-2) was tagged for four runs and eight hits in his second short outing so far and dealt with a tight back that will be examined again Saturday. He lasted just four innings in a loss at San Diego on April 12.
"That happened but I didn't make pitches. I have some issues to resolve," Peavy said. "I have to get right mechanically. I have to help team more than I did tonight."
The beat-up Giants are counting down to their much-needed first off day of the season Monday before another tough stretch of nine in a row all against the division, starting with a three-game series at home against the defending NL West champion and rival Dodgers before three games each at Colorado and Los Angeles.
Jake Lamb hit a two-run triple in the third to back Collmenter (1-2), who added an RBI single against Peavy as Arizona knocked him out of the game after only 3 2-3 innings. Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run for the Diamondbacks.
A.J. Pollock matched his career high with four hits that included an RBI double, David Peralta doubled in a run among his three hits and Tuffy Gosewisch added an RBI single for Arizona on a chilly Bay Area night.
Collmenter struck out two and walked one second career shutout and complete game. He finished the 114-pitch gem getting Hector Sanchez's broken bat popup.
The right-hander warmed up during the final inning of Arizona's 7-6 win in the 12th a night earlier, and if he had been used the D-backs likely would called up a pitcher from Triple-A Reno to start Friday. Collmenter is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances and three starts at AT&T Park, with 19 straight scoreless innings. His three hits are already half of his 2014 total.
The baserunning was a plus to keep him loose and warm.
"It's fun when you have stuff working like that," Collmenter said. "For me the fastball command was huge for me and I was able to move the ball in and out. Everything for me plays off of that. The defense made a bunch of unbelievable plays."
Arizona's 18 hits are its most ever against San Francisco.
Goldschmidt turned an unassisted double play to end the fourth when Brandon Belt lined out to the first baseman and Goldschmidt then caught Casey McGehee off the bag.
LINCECUM'S NEW 'DO
Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum's new haircut is inspired by rocker Matt Healy, lead singer for the group "The 1975." Lincecum trimmed his shaggy 'do by shaving the sides and keeping a long patch down the middle of the top and back. On the left temple area are three shaved lines. "It's my third one in two years," he said. "Sometimes it's just easier to let it grow. I braved it, I rolled the dice." Of being introduced in front of a cheering, sellout crowd for the home opener, he said, "It's still hair-raising ... no pun intended."
Giants: New Giants 3B McGehee returned from a left knee injury to make his first home start and went 0 for 2 with a walk. ... 1B Travis Ishikawa, on the DL working back from a lower back injury, is encouraged with his progress in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. He skipped the River Cats' road trip to attend Saturday's World Series ring ceremony.
Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (2-0) looks to mark the 21st time an Arizona starter has won his first three starts in a season.
Giants: RHP Chris Heston (1-1) takes a 0.69 ERA into his third start of the year. He beat the Diamondbacks for his first major league win April 8 at Chase Field.
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