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SAN DIEGO -- If Wade LeBlanc can start next season like he finished this one, he might not have to shuttle back and forth between the minors and majors anymore.

The left-hander held San Francisco to two hits in seven innings and struck out a career-high eight to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over the Giants on Saturday night.

LeBlanc (3-1), in his third stint this season with the Padres, improved to 3-0 in six September starts. He walked one and allowed only one base runner to reach second.

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LeBlanc had a rough two-start stretch in June, lasting just three innings in a no-decision against Oakland and 1 1/3 innings in a loss at Seattle. He was sent back to Triple-A the day after the start at Seattle.

"It was embarrassing," LeBlanc said. "I went back down and mentally made up my mind that I need to do something different. I want to get even better. I still don't feel like I have a spot locked up" for next season.

The Giants, eliminated from the wild-card race on Wednesday night, got only a pair of singles off LeBlanc, by Pablo Sandoval in the first and Jesus Guzman, pinch-hitting for Matt Cain, in the sixth.

The Giants' two hits tied their season-low.

LeBlanc retired the side in order from the second through the fifth innings.

On Sept. 9 at San Francisco, LeBlanc pitched seven strong innings in a 2-1 win.

"Wade was outstanding right from the first pitch of the game to his last," manager Bud Black said. "The game he pitched against the Giants up there and this one were maybe his two best games."

The Padres improved to 37-24 since July 28, the fourth-best record in the major leagues during that span. The Padres are 10-7 against the Giants this year with one game to go, clinching the season series for the third time in five years.

LeBlanc "did a good job of changing speeds," San Francisco's Aaron Rowand said. "He definitely keeps you off balance. We've had some problems against left-handers from time to time. But give him credit."

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 42nd save in 48 chances.

Cain (14-8) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Cain allowed plenty of base runners early and the Padres capitalized. Chase Headley hit an RBI single in the first and Adrian Gonzalez singled in a run in the third.

"He battled," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He threw a lot of pitches. The first couple of innings, he worked hard. But he kept us in the game. We didn't do anything offensively."

Notes

Padres vice chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad said he's interviewed three candidates to replace Kevin Towers, who's been fired as GM. Towers is finishing out the season. He was on the field during batting practice and even signed a few autographs near the Padres' dugout. Towers was fired with one year left on his contract, at nearly $2 million. ... LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who no-hit the Padres on July 10 in San Francisco, will start for the Giants in Sunday's season finale. The Padres will counter with rookie LHP Cesar Ramos.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

W. LeBlanc
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, 2B4000021 .261
Andres Torres, LF3000110 .264
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3010112 .329
Juan Uribe, SS4000022 .290
Ryan Garko, 1B3000010 .267
Aaron Rowand, CF3000010 .260
Buster Posey, C3000000 .118
Nate Schierholtz, RF3000020 .267
Matt Cain, P1000010 .150
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH1010000 .250
    Madison Bumgarner, P0000000 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1000010 .258
    Waldis Joaquin, P0000000 .000
Totals29020212  
a-singled for Cain in the 6th
b-struck out for Bumgarner in the 8th
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain (L,14-8) 5622150 2.89
Madison Bumgarner 2100210 1.80
Waldis Joaquin 1000020 4.22
IBB - Headley by Madison Bumgarner
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Matt Cain), Cabrera (by Waldis Joaquin)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 107-77, Madison Bumgarner 32-17, Waldis Joaquin 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-5, Madison Bumgarner 2-3, Waldis Joaquin 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 23, Madison Bumgarner 9, Waldis Joaquin 4
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3110010 .268
David Eckstein, 2B2110200 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4031000 .279
Chase Headley, LF3011113 .263
Will Venable, RF4000017 .256
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3000012 .256
Nick Hundley, C4000023 .242
Everth Cabrera, SS3000010 .254
Wade LeBlanc, P2000000 .077
   a- Luis Durango, PH1010000 .625
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Drew Macias, PH1000011 .200
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3027238  
a-singled for LeBlanc in the 7th
b-struck out for Adams in the 8th
Batting
SH - Tony Gwynn Jr. (5)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (99), Chase Headley (64)
Team LOB - 10
San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlanc (W,3-1) 7200180 3.69
Mike Adams (H,15) 1000020 0.75
Heath Bell (S,42) 1000120 2.75
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 89-57, Mike Adams 11-8, Heath Bell 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 6-7, Mike Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, Mike Adams 3, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25732
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook