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Padres win fourth straight, top Giants on Eckstein's walk-off HR

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SAN DIEGO -- It took the most unlikely of scenarios for the San Diego Padres to keep their winning streak alive.

David Eckstein hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Padres to a 3-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

The 5-foot-7 Eckstein connected for his first home run on a 1-1 fastball from Jeremy Affeldt to help the Padres overcome Heath Bell's first blown save.

Eckstein has 35 career home runs in 4,641 at-bats over nine-plus seasons.

"Definitely was not expecting that," Eckstein said. "I was disappointed in my prior three at-bats. My focus was on trying to hit a line drive."

Eckstein succeeded in hitting the ball hard off the left-handed Affeldt (2-2) as his home run just stayed inside the left-field foul pole that is attached to the corner of the brick Western Metal Supply building.

"That was the only part of the park I can hit it out of," he said. "Probably 95 percent of my homers are hit there. Usually when it happens, it's the farthest thing from mind."

Padres manager Bud Black, who managed Eckstein last year in the second baseman's first season with the Padres, was the pitching coach with the California Angels during Eckstein's four seasons with that club. Black said he is never surprised with anything Eckstein does.

"Eck can do a lot of things on the baseball field," Black said. "We've seen him do some great things for us. That was one of them."

Said San Francisco starter Matt Cain: "You think he's going to hit a bunch of balls to right. Then, if you throw a pitch kind of down and in, he's capable of pulling it and that's what he did."

Eckstein's heroics helped overcome Bell blowing his first save in four chances when Juan Uribe hit a hanging 3-2 curveball into the left-field stands with one out that tied the game at 2.

Eckstein, who is batting .279 as the Padres' No. 2 hitter, has yet to strike out in his first 47 plate appearances, the longest current streak for any major leaguer.

"I missed my location and obviously Eckstein has the capability to turn on a pitch," Affeldt said. "I kind of put it right there on the inner half, where I didn't want it and he made me pay for it."

Tim Stauffer (2-0) pitched the 10th.

Adrian Gonzalez and Will Venable hit sacrifice flies to give the Padres a 2-1 lead heading into the ninth before Uribe's second home run.

At 7-6, San Diego is above .500 for the first time since May 27 when it was 24-23.

Clayton Richard pitched 6 1/3 solid innings for the Padres and reliever Luke Gregerson escaped a big jam in the seventh inning.

After back-to-back singles by Uribe and Andres Torres to lead off the seventh, they advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Schierholtz before Gregerson replaced Richard and struck out pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa and Eugenio Velez.

Richard allowed one run and seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Gonzalez staked the Padres to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and Venable put San Diego ahead 2-1 in the sixth following Kyle Blank's leadoff triple.

Cain gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings. The right-hander is 1-6 in 14 career starts against the Padres, including an 0-4 record in his past seven starts at Petco Park, during which he received only five runs of support.

The Giants, who have lost eight of 10 at Petco Park, tied the score in the fourth after Edgar Renteria led off with a double, an infield single by Pablo Sandoval and Aubrey Huff's single.

Notes

  • Richard nearly was credited with a home run in the fourth, but it was a ground-rule double.
  • Padres 3B Chase Headley barely got out the way of the splintered barrel of Uribe's bat in the fourth inning. Uribe hit a foul ball toward the stands down the third-base line. His bat splintered and the barrel flew right at Headley, who reacted at the last second and ducked as the bat went over his head.
  • DeRosa pinch hit after missing Sunday's game at Los Angeles with tightness in his right hamstring.
 
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David Eckstein may be small in size but he smacks the biggest hit of the game for the Padres. (AP)
David Eckstein may be small in size but he smacks the biggest hit of the game for the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

D. Eckstein
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

J. Uribe
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF5000023 .280
Edgar Renteria, SS5120000 .320
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5011011 .302
Aubrey Huff, 1B5020001 .292
Bengie Molina, C4000002 .361
Juan Uribe, 2B3121100 .348
Andres Torres, CF4010021 .111
Nate Schierholtz, RF3020010 .353
Matt Cain, P2000011 .000
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH1000012 .216
    Dan Runzler, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- John Bowker, PH1000011 .200
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
Totals38210219  
a-struck out for Cain in the 7th
b-struck out for Mota in the 9th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (3, Richard), Aubrey Huff (3, Richard)
HR - Juan Uribe (2, Bell)
SH - Nate Schierholtz (1)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (6), Juan Uribe (11)
SB - Nate Schierholtz (1, 2nd base off Bell/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate Schierholtz 1
DP - Schierholtz-Uribe-Renteria
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6722140 3.86
Dan Runzler 1.2100110 0.00
Guillermo Mota 0.1000000 0.00
Jeremy Affeldt (L,2-2) 1211001 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 97-62, Dan Runzler 24-15, Guillermo Mota 2-1, Jeremy Affeldt 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 10-4, Dan Runzler 1-3, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 26, Dan Runzler 7, Guillermo Mota 1, Jeremy Affeldt 4
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4110004 .235
David Eckstein, 2B5121001 .279
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3001001 .318
Chase Headley, 3B3000111 .353
Kyle Blanks, LF4120011 .233
Will Venable, RF-CF2001112 .213
Scott Hairston, CF3010010 .214
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000001 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
Yorvit Torrealba, C4020010 .267
    Nick Hundley, PR-C0000000 .267
Clayton Richard, P1010000 .333
    Jerry Hairston Jr., RF1010000 .229
Totals31310325  
a-fouled out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Clayton Richard (1, Cain)
3B - Kyle Blanks (1, Cain)
HR - David Eckstein (1, Affeldt)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (1), Will Venable (1)
SH - Everth Cabrera (1), Clayton Richard (1), Jerry Hairston Jr. (3)
RBI - David Eckstein (2), Adrian Gonzalez (6), Will Venable (9)
SB - Chase Headley (2, 2nd base off Cain/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Headley-Gonzalez
E - Scott Hairston (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard 6.1711150 3.38
Luke Gregerson (H,2) 1.2000020 4.50
Heath Bell (BS,1) 1211021 3.60
Tim Stauffer (W,2-0) 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 100-66, Luke Gregerson 21-16, Heath Bell 23-15, Tim Stauffer 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 10-3, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Tim Stauffer 1-2
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 26, Luke Gregerson 5, Heath Bell 5, Tim Stauffer 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17087
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Scott Barry