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“Maholm’s got a lot of different pitches that he throws it in a lot of different ways, and he located really well. So it’s always tough,” Pence said. “You just battle, make him get the ball over the plate and be aggressive.”

Morse, playing for his fourth team in a span of three seasons, gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead when he drove Maholm’s first pitch of the fourth deep into the pavilion seats in left-center for his first homer with the Giants.

Sandoval, the Giants’ slimmed-down third baseman and 2012 World Series MVP, parked Maholm’s 80th and final pitch over the left field fence in the fifth for with two on for his first home run of 2014. Posey then greeted rookie Jose Dominguez with a drive into the lower seats in the left field corner.

NOTES: Maholm had allowed only three homers in 62 innings during his 10 previous career starts against the Giants, all of them solo shots. … Maholm’s official Dodgers debut was March 23 against the Diamondbacks in Australia, when he pitched in relief for only second time in 244 big league appearances to that point. … Angel Pagan worked out an eight-pitch walk to open the game and was erased on a double-play grounder by Pence, who was robbed of a hit up the middle by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Maholm has induced a major league-high 185 ground-ball DPs since the start of the 2006 season.