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Padres edge Giants for fifth consecutive win

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Closer Heath Bell will take any extra momentum the San Diego Padres can muster at the moment.

There's a lot of baseball left, yet Bell and Co. are determined to ride this run right into October.

Ryan Ludwick narrowly beat Juan Uribe's throw home to score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the NL West-leading San Diego Padres held off the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Friday for their fifth straight victory.

"The Giants are one of the hottest teams in baseball," Bell said. "If we can win a series with them maybe we can brush them off our heels a little bit."

Clayton Richard (10-5) earned his third straight win over the Giants this season, helping San Diego extend its division lead to 3½ games over San Francisco in a game the Padres played under protest. It became a moot point when they won.

The Padres quieted Jonathan Sanchez (8-8), who no-hit them here July 10, 2009, after he guaranteed a sweep of San Diego following his outing at Atlanta last Sunday.

Sanchez's comments only added fuel to this highly anticipated weekend series between the two contenders. He didn't back down afterward.

"I believe in my team, you know? I have confidence," he said. "Nothing against them but I know if we keep fighting like this I think we're going to make it."

In the fourth, with the score tied at 2, San Francisco second baseman Freddy Sanchez hustled to field Chris Denorfia's grounder that hit off Jonathan Sanchez, but Scott Hairston ran in front of Freddy Sanchez and caused the infielder to stop his motion. First base umpire Marvin Hudson first ruled Hairston out for interference, then the crew met about the play.

Padres manager Bud Black came out to argue. After a discussion that lasted several minutes, San Diego decided to play the game under protest.

The Padres took the lead in the sixth when a sliding Ludwick beat the close play at the plate on Chase Headley's grounder. That came moments after hefty San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval ran down the line and made a forward-diving tag on Adrian Gonzalez to save a run. Sandoval's head whipped back upon impact with the ground and knocked the wind out of him. He was briefly down and examined by trainers before returning to third.

"We play a lot of these type of games," Black said. "I think the Giants do, too. We're used to these games and they're good games."

The teams, each having changed significantly, hadn't met since May 18 at Petco Park but still face off seven times after this series -- four games in San Diego in early September and a season-ending three-game series from Oct. 1-3 in San Francisco.

"This is a showdown," Black joked of the significance of this series considering it's still only mid-August. "When you get into September, that's really the line for me."

The game sure had a playoff feel with a boisterous sellout crowd of 42,722.

The Padres have won eight of the first nine with the Giants, including the initial seven matchups.

"It was intense out there. That's the way our games have been going against them," San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy said. "They're shutting us down and winning these tight games."

San Francisco jumped to a quick 2-0 lead against Richard, who walked leadoff man Andres Torres and allowed him to advance on a wild pitch. Aubrey Huff then hit an RBI double and later scored on Pat Burrell's groundout.

The Padres tied it in the top of the second.

Sanchez plunked Yorvit Torrealba on the left shoulder to start the inning, then Headley tripled him home and Hairston followed with a sacrifice fly.

Richard allowed six hits in six innings. He owns a 2.05 ERA in four starts against the Giants in 2010. Bell pitched the ninth for his majors-leading 35th save in 38 chances. He needed nine pitches to get Burrell on a popup for the first out.

San Francisco's starters are winless over their last 10 outings, going 0-6.

The Giants acquired Jose Guillen from the Kansas City Royals earlier in the day to be their new right fielder. Guillen wasn't due to arrive in the Bay Area until late Friday and Bochy wasn't sure he would start Saturday.

The Giants lost for the first time in 10 tries while wearing their Friday night orange home jerseys.

Notes

  • Padres RHP Chris Young threw a bullpen session of about 50 pitches. Young went on the disabled list with a strained shoulder on April 12, a move that was retroactive to April 7. He had arthroscopic surgery last August and has made only one start this season. A simulated game could happen soon and there's a chance Young could pitch for the Padres in September. "He's progressing nicely," Black said. "Like any competitor, he wants to be out there."
  • San Francisco LHP relievers Jeremy Affeldt (strained oblique) and Dan Runzler (dislocated left knee) both were set to begin rehab outings with Class-A San Jose this weekend. Affeldt allowed two hits and a strikeout in one inning Friday. Runzler will start and pitch an inning Saturday.
  • The Giants sold out for the 20th time, topping their 19 sellouts last season.
 
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Ryan Ludwick beats the throw to home plate for the go-ahead run and the eventual winner. (AP)
Ryan Ludwick beats the throw to home plate for the go-ahead run and the eventual winner. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Huff
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3010100 .256
Miguel Tejada, SS4000010 .264
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4010011 .298
Ryan Ludwick, RF4120011 .278
Yorvit Torrealba, C3100002 .308
Chase Headley, 3B4122011 .272
Scott Hairston, LF1001101 .227
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-CF1000000 .211
Chris Denorfia, CF3000114 .278
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Clayton Richard, P2000010 .171
   b- Will Venable, PH-LF2000011 .227
Totals3136337  
a-flied out for Adams in the 9th
b-struck out for Richard in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (12, Sanchez), Adrian Gonzalez (23, Sanchez), Ryan Ludwick (23, Ramirez)
3B - Chase Headley (2, Sanchez)
SF - Scott Hairston (4)
RBI - Chase Headley 2 (44), Scott Hairston (35)
SB - Chase Headley (14, 3rd base off Sanchez/Posey)
CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, 2nd base by Sanchez/Posey), Chris Denorfia (3, 2nd base by Ray/Posey)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Tejada-Hairston-Gonzalez
E - Yorvit Torrealba (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Richard (W,10-5) 6622210 3.80
Luke Gregerson (H,29) 1000010 2.37
Mike Adams (H,25) 1100010 1.99
Heath Bell (S,35) 1000110 1.78
WP - Clayton Richard (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 87-52, Luke Gregerson 10-7, Mike Adams 15-11, Heath Bell 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 11-4, Luke Gregerson 2-0, Mike Adams 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 24, Luke Gregerson 3, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, RF3110121 .292
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010002 .260
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-2B0000000 .500
Aubrey Huff, 1B4111001 .299
Buster Posey, C4010001 .329
Pat Burrell, LF3011100 .266
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3000103 .270
Juan Uribe, SS4010002 .258
Aaron Rowand, CF4010022 .247
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000002 .179
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1000000 .241
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Ray, P0000000 .000
Totals3227234  
a-grounded out for Casilla in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aubrey Huff (27, Richard)
RBI - Aubrey Huff (68), Pat Burrell (42)
CS - Aaron Rowand (3, 3rd base by Richard/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Posey-F. Sanchez-Huff
E - Buster Posey (4, Throwing)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jonathan Sanchez (L,8-8) 5.1533240 3.60
Santiago Casilla 1.2000020 2.20
Ramon Ramirez 1.1100110 3.94
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 2.70
Chris Ray 0.1000000 3.33
HBP - Torrealba (by Jonathan Sanchez)
WP - Jonathan Sanchez (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 87-56, Santiago Casilla 15-10, Ramon Ramirez 22-14, Javier Lopez 8-6, Chris Ray 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 5-7, Santiago Casilla 1-2, Ramon Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 24, Santiago Casilla 5, Ramon Ramirez 6, Javier Lopez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 42722
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jim Joyce