San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco came through
with a go-ahead two-run triple as the San Francisco Giants scored three times
in the seventh inning to record a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in a
testy finale of a three-game series at AT&T Park.
Blanco's clutch hit off Luke Gregerson enabled Madison Bumgarner (7-4) to
notch his third straight winning start after the left-hander held the Padres
to two runs and three hits while striking out eight over seven strong innings.
Both runs allowed by Bumgarner came on solo homers, including one from Jesus
Guzman that snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh.
Guzman and Bumgarner were also involved in a contentious moment earlier in the
contest, with the Giants' hurler brushing back the first baseman during the
second inning in apparent retaliation for Guzman's exuberant celebration
after cracking a two-run homer during Tuesday's 5-4 loss to San Francisco.
The incident triggered both benches to clear, though no punches were thrown
or ejections handed out.
Will Venable also homered for the Padres, who had a season-high seven-game win
streak halted with Tuesday's setback.
Marco Scutaro added an RBI single during San Francisco's eighth-inning rally
while finishing 2-for-4, with Hunter Pence also collecting two hits along with
a run scored.
Gregerson (4-3) was tagged for four straight hits and two runs while failing
to get an out in relief of Eric Stults, who yielded just two runs in a sharp 6
Stults carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh and retired his
eighth consecutive batter before surrending a single to Tony Abreu and giving
way to Gregerson, who was greeted by Hector Sanchez's pinch-hit single to
right that brought the tying run to third. Blanco then stepped in a ripped a
deep fly ball to the base of the center-field wall that knocked in Abreu and
pinch-runner Brandon Crawford and put the Giants in front.
Scutaro followed with a base hit up the middle to extend the margin to
The Padres failed to threaten over their final two innings, with Jake Dunning
giving up just one hit in the eighth and Sergio Romo tossing a 1-2-3 ninth to
nail down his 18th save.
A low-scoring contest wasn't without tension early on, as Guzman was greeted
in his initial at-bat by a pitch that Bumgarner fired behind him. The San
Diego hitter immediately stepped towards the mound with his bat pointed
towards Bumgarner, and the two exchanged words as both benches emptied before
order was restored.
Venable provided some fireworks of a different sort when he crushed
Bumgarner's offering over the wall in right to give San Diego a 1-0 edge in
the third. Stults was able to protect the lead by getting reigning NL MVP
Buster Posey to bounce into an inning-ending double play with two on in the
bottom of the frame, but couldn't escape trouble in the fourth.
The Giants strung together three consecutive singles to start their half of
the inning, with San Diego left fielder Kyle Blanks unable to come up with a
diving catch on Brandon Belt's bloop shot down the line as Pence crossed the
Bumgarner didn't give up another hit after Venable's blast until Guzman got a
measure of revenge, socking a first-pitch changeup into the left-field seats
to break the 1-1 deadlock.
Crawford was unavailable to hit or field after spraining his right hand in
Tuesday's matchup ... San Diego placed shortstop and leadoff hitter
Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, with
outfielder Jaff Decker recalled from Triple-A Tucson ... San Francisco's
Joaquin Arias extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a fourth-inning
single ... Bumgarner, who was making his 100th major league start, remained
unbeaten (3-0) in eight career home assignments against the Padres ... San
Diego has hit an MLB-best 24 homers over a 15-game span since June 4.
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