Giants edge Padres
Buster Posey clubbed three hits, scored twice and also knocked in a run for
the Giants, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games.
Jose Mijares (1-0) earned the victory after recording the final out of the
sixth and retiring the first batter of the seventh.
Chase Headley belted a three-run homer and Carlos Quentin added a solo shot in
the setback, San Diego’s fifth in a row.
With the game tied at 5-5, Brad Brach (1-3) surrendered a pair of runs in the
seventh to absorb the loss.
Marco Scutaro singled to start the frame, went first-to-third on a base hit by
Pablo Sandoval, and then scored on Posey’s sacrifice fly to right field.
After Hunter Pence walked, Arias smacked a single through the right side of
the infield to score Sandoval for a 7-5 advantage.
The Giants tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as Posey doubled before
Pence followed with a two-bagger of his own to make it a three-run game.
The bullpen held San Diego down from there until Jeremy Affeldt surrendered a
pair of runs in the ninth.
The lefty retired the first two hitters, but walked pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso
before Alexi Amarista singled home Alonso. Amarista moved to second on a
fielder’s indifference and then scored on Chris Denorfia’s base hit to right
Clay Hensley entered for Affeldt and fanned pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay to nail
down his third save of the season and maintain the Giant’s 1/2 game lead in
the NL West over the Dodgers, who were also victorious on Saturday.
Arias’ leadoff blast in the second inning gave the Giants a 1-0 lead before
the Padres loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half.
They’d settle for just one run, however, as Cameron Maybin’s fielder’s choice
ground out plated Quentin before Maybin was caught stealing and Everth Cabrera
San Diego jumped in front in the third as Padres starter Eric Stults and Logan
Forsythe each singled before Headley launched his 20th homer of the season
into left field to give the home team a 4-1 lead.
The Giants battled back in the fifth as pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot singled,
Angel Pagan doubled and Scutaro smacked a sac fly to plate Theriot.
Sandoval followed with a fielder’s choice to score Pagan, before Posey doubled
to put runners on second and third with one out.
Pence then lifted a sac fly to center field and Arias plated Posey with a
line-drive single to left field for a 5-4 lead, but Quentin’s leadoff homer to
left field in the sixth tied the game at 5-5.
San Francisco starter Barry Zito allowed four runs on six hits and two walks
over four innings … Stults was charged for five runs on nine hits over six
frames … The Padres recalled pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson and
optioned right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to Tucson … Headley has hit eight home
runs and has 24 RBI in 14 games so far in August.
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