Padres pound Zito, beat Giants 11-3

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Padres pound Zito, beat Giants 11-3

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SAN DIEGO (AP) This is one the San Diego Padres would like to bottle up and save.The normally punchless Padres erupted for 11 runs behind 3-run homers from Jesus Guzman and Orlando Hudson, and a solid seven strong innings from rookie Corey Luebke to break a season-high seven-game losing streak with an 11-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night."When you have a losing streak, it is a little bit of weight off your shoulders," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "To do it like this, I think is a good thing because it can build confidence. The trick is to come back and win again and keep swinging the bats."The amount of runs was unusual for the offensive-challenged Padres, who have the NL's worse offense.It was the first time the Padres hit multiple homers in a game since May 13 at Colorado. The span of 56 games was the longest stretch in the majors since the 1983 Cleveland Indians went 63 games without multiple homers.The Padres, who had scored just five runs in their previous 65 innings, were 1 for 40 with runners in scoring position before Guzman's homer."The three-run homer, is a very good thing," Black said. "It was great to see. Luebke made it stand up, but the story was our offense."San Diego had hit just four three-run homers this season before Saturday night's game.The Padres, who have scored the fewest runs in the NL and has the league's lowest batting average, scored their most runs since an 11-2 win against Atlanta on June 24."Just to see Guzzy get things started like that just lifted everybody up and got the ball rolling," said Luebke.Guzman had a career-high four RBIs and connected off Barry Zito (3-2) in the first inning. Hudson hit his long ball off the lefty in the third inning to give San Diego a 7-0 lead."You never relax too much out there but it allows you to pound the zone more and try to eat up some innings," Luebke said.Luebke (3-3), who lost a 2-1 decision to Zito and the Giants last week, gave up two runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one.Since coming out of the bullpen to join the starting rotation on June 26, Luebke is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts."We felt very comfortable putting him in the rotation" Black said.It was a reversal of fortunes for Zito, who was 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts since coming off the DL June 28 after missing more than two months with a right foot sprain.Zito, who threw a season-high eight innings in his win over San Diego last week, allowed eight runs on seven hits with four walks over 3 2-3 innings."It was difficult for me to get the ball down tonight," Zito said. "For the most part, the curveball didn't have the finish down, and the change up, either."Zito's lack of command cost him in the first inning when he issued two walks and hung a breaking ball with two outs that Guzman hit for his second homer.Guzman singled in another run in the third with two outs and Hudson followed with a three-run home run, his second of the season.The Padres, who scored just 10 runs during the seven-game losing streak, have scored in double figures only four times this season.San Francisco scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Ross, Miguel Tejeda's fourth homer and pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot's RBI double.Notes: The Padres had not hit multiple homers in spacious Petco Park since May 4 against Pittsburgh. ... San Diego became the last team in the major leagues to reach 50 homers. Toronto's Jose Bautista leads the majors with 31 home runs. ... Padres 3B Chase Headley was out of the starting lineup after suffering a strained right calf that forced him out of Friday night's game against San Francisco in the first inning. Headley is the club's leading hitter with a .300 average. ... Because Headley is not expected to play, at the earliest, until San Diego starts a road trip Tuesday at Florida, the Padres called up 2B Logan Forsythe from Triple-A Tucson and optioned rookie C Luis Martinez to Tucson. ... Giants 2B Mark DeRosa (left wrist sprain) began a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose and is expected to join Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

Giants continue embarrassing stretch against rebuilding Padres

SAN FRANCISCO — Three years ago, the Giants and Padres were the two teams in it until the very end for Pablo Sandoval’s services. He ended up in Boston, and when he became available again over the past week, the Padres politely backed away. 

They prefer youth and Rule 5 Draft picks. They came into this season knowing they might lose 100 games, and they didn’t mind. If anything, they welcomed the increased shot at the top pick in the 2018 draft. They’re here to tank, but the Giants (who expect to welcome Sandoval back on a minor league deal as soon as Friday) just won’t let them. 

Thursday’s 5-2 loss to San Diego was like so many others over the past calendar year. The Giants didn’t hit, they didn’t come through in the clutch, they did not support their starting pitcher, and they did not guarantee a handshake line. 

The Giants have lost 15 of 20 to the Padres since last year’s All-Star break, including three straight last July to kickstart a tailspin that has lasted over a year now. They have dropped four of five meetings in this second half, which was supposed to prove that a Padre-like rebuild is not needed up here in the Bay Area. They are five games behind the Padres in the race to finish a distant fourth in the National League, and in a season full of disappointment, that stands as one of the more embarrassing facts. 

Not even Madison Bumgarner’s return to AT&T Park could turn the tide. The lefty looked good most of the night, but two homers left him with a rougher-than-hoped line. Bumgarner gave up four earned on two homers. He has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Both starts have come against the Padres. 

“I’ve got to stop giving up homers,” Bumgarner said of his start. “That’s not going to work.”

Bumgarner said he felt fine physically, and his curveball — the pitch that has backfired on him most often since his return — feels right mechanically. He was facing his last batter in the seventh as George Kontos warmed up with a runner on. Corey Spangenberg hit a two-run shot to the deepest part of the yard to make it 4-2. 

Buster Posey flied out with the bases loaded in the eighth. The Giants brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but couldn’t score, which has been the norm against the Padres. The Giants are averaging just 3.2 runs per game during this 20-game stretch of futility against a team they once dominated. 

“We need to win ballgames right now,” Bumgarner said. “We’ve got to start doing that. There’s no magic solution. We’ve got to start playing better, all of us.”

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways as homers hurt Bumgarner vs Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO — A day after he did his press conference from a “Game of Thrones” throne, manager Bruce Bochy said he was happy the Giants won their series finale against the Indians and kept that plan in play. In that respect, he’s lucky his team wasn’t facing the Padres on Wednesday. 

The Giants were on Thursday, however, and they continued their baffling stretch of ineptitude against what is supposed to be the worst team in the National League West. The 5-2 loss to San Diego was the 15th in the last 20 meetings between the two teams, one of which has a $200 million payroll and the other of which is actively tanking. 

The Giants had a shot at a comeback in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out to right with two outs and the bases loaded. Here are five things to know, if you are the curious type: 

—- Madison Bumgarner has faced the Padres twice since returning. In 13 1/3 innings, he has allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs. He is getting hurt by a familiar problem for the 2017 Giants: The Padres have four homers off Bumgarner in those two starts. Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg took him deep Thursday, with Spangenberg hitting one out to the deepest part of the yard on Bumgarner’s final pitch. 

—- This is the first time in Bumgarner’s career that he has allowed multiple homers in back-to-back starts. 

—- Kyle Crick showed good stuff — sitting 96-97 — while stranding a runner on second in the eighth. He followed that with a scoreless ninth. The Giants should make it a priority to throw him into some deeper water over the next two months. 

—- There’s an epidemic these days of outfielders making foolish throws to the plate. We see it just about every night, and it cost the Padres in the sixth. Gorkys Hernandez was on second and he took off right away on Denard Span’s single to right. Renfroe had no play at the plate but he threw it anyway and Span took second. He scored when Eduardo Nuñez singled to left. 

—- The Giants announced their second consecutive sellout. That’s a streak. Maybe?