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Though the San Francisco Giants didn't put up a crooked number, their sputtering offense showed signs of life in snapping the team's longest losing streak in nearly eight years.

They'll try to back Tim Hudson successfully for the first time this season in Sunday's series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park.

The Giants (4-9) had been shut out three times and totaled 15 runs during an eight-game skid, including a 9-0 loss to Arizona on Friday, and were 0-5 at home prior to Saturday's 4-1 victory.

Eight players recorded a hit, with Nori Aoki, Joe Panik and Buster Posey combining for seven, while Brandon Crawford hit his third homer against the Diamondbacks this season. Crawford is batting .421 with 11 RBIs in his last 10 meetings.

Aoki has been one of San Francisco's few consistent weapons, hitting .327, while Panik is heating up, going 8 for 15 in his last three games. Posey, a .280 career hitter in April - well below his .311-plus averages in June-September, has two hits in two of his last three games.

Both the offense and rookie starter Chris Heston may have been sparked by the Giants' World Series ring ceremony before the game.

"That will fire you up," said Heston, who allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings in his third straight quality start. "It's a reminder of how good last year was."

Next up is Hudson (0-1, 2.03 ERA), who could use some more help from his teammates. The 39-year-old has yet to record a victory despite two solid outings with a lack of offense to blame. He gave up three runs over seven innings in a 4-1 loss to Colorado on Tuesday, not receiving a run of support for the second straight start.

Hudson didn't seem fazed by his teammates' offensive struggles, though.

"It's early ... Obviously guys want to get out of the gates well," said the right-hander, who hasn't gone winless in his first three starts since 2006. "We'll have our time."

Historically, Hudson has led a somewhat charmed existence on the mound, boasting a 5.3 career run-support average that ranks fifth among active pitchers. He owns a 1.4 average in his last 10 starts including the postseason, however.

Hudson has had little issue racking up wins against the Diamondbacks over the years, going 9-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 13 starts. He had a 1.15 ERA in winning two 2014 matchups.

Arizona (6-6) was limited to six hits and a walk Saturday in being denied a third straight victory. It totaled 16 runs, 19 hits and nine walks in the first two games of the series.

Jeremy Hellickson (0-2, 6.55) tries to avoid taking a third straight defeat with his new club. He already lost once to San Francisco, giving up three runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings in a 5-2 home defeat on April 8. He struggled early in Tuesday's 5-1 loss at San Diego, allowing three runs in the first inning, though he later settled down, completing 6 2-3 innings and allowing two additional runs.

''I definitely have to be more efficient and attack in the first couple of innings,'' he said.

Crawford was 2 for 3 against Hellickson two weeks ago while Aoki was 2 for 2.

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