For the first time since June 18, the Padres have company at the top of the standings.
The Padres have one fewer loss, but the two teams are in a virtual tie for first. The Padres are now 79-61 (.564) and the Giants are 80-62 (.563).
As recently as Aug. 25, the Padres had a 6 1/2 game lead in the National League West. A 10-game losing streak erased all but a game of that, but after a sweep of the Dodgers, they've lost the first two of the four-game series with the Giants.
Just behind those two teams is the Colorado Rockies, winner of eight straight and 2 1/2 game back.
The culprit for the slide isn't that tough to find -- the Padres have been held to four or fewer runs in 14 straight games. Friday's game was the second shutout of the streak. The Padres managed just three hits in the game, two by catcher Nick Hundley.
Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed just one run and two hits in six innings. Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez walked seven in five innings, but allowed just one hit and no runs.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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