Span’s Bat Leads Bumgarner, Giants over Brewers in Opener

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The San Francisco Giants celebrates after the 12-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day at Miller Park on April 04, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants celebrates after the 12-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day at Miller Park on April 04, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Denard Span homered and drove in five runs in his San Francisco debut, and the Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 in an opener Monday despite a sluggish start from under-the-weather ace Madison Bumgarner.

Span hit a three-run shot with two outs in the eighth inning and Joe Panik and Buster Posey followed with home runs off Ariel Pena.

It marked the first time the Giants had connected for three straight homers on opening day. It was the first time any team had done it in an opener since the Padres in 1997, the Giants said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Giants scored quickly against Wily Peralta and bailed out the ailing Bumgarner, who left after the fifth with a four-run lead. The left-hander allowed five hits, five walks and three runs.