What was faster than Juan Perez when he sprinted in a blur, crashed into the center field wall, made a tremendous catch and held on through the impact – all in the first major league inning of his life?

How about Andres Torres talking about it?

“Wow,” Torres said. “That was amazing, great catch, great defense, huh? Great jumps. Amazing. I was like, wow. Impressive. Great defense. Good speed, really good, you know? Really good athlete, man, impressive, impressive, amazing. Wow. What a jump. Oh yeah, I love it.”

Perez emerged with more than a lifetime memory in the Giants’ 6-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday at Chase Field -- the club’s first road series win since they swept three games here more than a month ago.

Perez hit an infield single to collect his first hit and RBI. He got the game ball from the hit. And he wasn’t giving up the ball from that catch, either.

He also came away with a sore back and ribs on his left side, but otherwise felt no pain.

“I’ll be fine for tomorrow,” he said, showing all his teeth.

Someone will have to tell Perez that the Giants don’t play Monday. He’ll have to wait until Tuesday at Pittsburgh for another chance. The 26-year-old might need that long to return all the texts and phone messages he received.

His catch would’ve been spectacular in any context. The fact it came just three batters into his career as a big league outfielder made it all the more remarkable. He went full speed into the wall and stayed down for 20 seconds or so because he had the wind knocked out of him.

Then he made the long jog back to his dugout. He was more than a big leaguer. He was a conquering hero.

“Standing ovation,” said right-hander Chad Gaudin, who had to grit through his own issues, pitching six strong innings despite stomach distress that had him running to throw up in the third and sixth.

“You make a catch like that, you’re sacrificing your body for the good of the team,” Gaudin said. “Not everybody does that. It was deserving of a standing ovation.”

Said Giants manager Bruce Bochy: “I was hoping it wouldn’t go out and the next thing he was catching it. … After the adrenaline wore off, he was pretty sore.”

Football players often tell you the best way to get rid of butterflies is to knock them out with the first hit. Perez found a way to apply that approach to baseball.

“It was in the ballpark so I said, `I’ve got a chance to catch it,”’ said the Bronx native, who wasn’t drafted or recruited by four-year colleges out of high school. “I’ve run into some walls in the minor leagues that have no padding. Richmond … oh, that hurts.”