San Diego at San Francisco

San Diego
W: C. Richard (5-9) L: T. Lincecum (6-7)
S: H. Bell (25)
HR: SD - W. Venable (2)   SF - P. Sandoval (8)

Padres 5, Giants 3 wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Diego Padres returned to the place where last season's collapse was completed. This time, they found a way to avoid another meltdown.

Will Venable hit his second home run of the season and the Padres pounced on Tim Lincecum in a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday, getting a small dose of satisfaction against the defending World Series champions.

The Giants eliminated the Padres from playoff contention on the final day of the 2010 season at AT&T Park. It was the culmination of a horrible finish that included a 10-game losing streak stretching into September.

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"It had that same feel, tight game where they're never out of it," Venable said. "As good and consistent as our bullpen is, they always get it done against them. It always seems like they get a couple guys on base and make it interesting."

San Diego built enough of a cushion to withstand the late push.

Chase Headley, Orlando Hudson and Ryan Ludwick each had an RBI off Lincecum (6-7) to chase the Giants' ace after five innings. Nick Hundley added an RBI single in the eighth and Venable's solo shot came in the ninth.

Clayton Richard (5-9) struck out two and gave up two hits and three walks in five innings. After two separate four-game losing streaks this season, the lefty has won three straight.

Heath Bell allowed a run in the ninth and put the potential tying runs in scoring position with one out. Then he got Andres Torres to fly out and Aaron Rowand to ground out for his 25th save.

"It just seems like we play these heart-stoppers all the time," Padres manager Bud Black said.

The rally came too late for the Giants.

About the lone bright spot before the ninth was Pablo Sandoval, who hit a two-run homer into McCovey Cove and finished a triple shy of the cycle. He also extended his career-high hitting streak to 15 games and has an extra-base hit in nine straight.

The Padres wasted little time against Lincecum on a day he was hardly at his dominating best.

They put a runner on base in all five innings against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. And the aggressive, free-swinging approach worked from the opening pitch.

Venable and Jason Bartlett singled to start the first. Venable scored on Headley's sacrifice fly to center, and Hudson drove in Bartlett with a single later in the inning to give San Diego a 2-0 lead.

After Bartlett doubled to open the fifth, Ludwick hit an RBI single to put San Diego ahead 3-0. That was enough to get Giants manager Bruce Bochy to dig into his bullpen early.

Lincecum allowed three runs on seven hits and has only one win in his last seven starts. He struck out four and walked two in his shortest outing since going four innings on June 11, and he's never had a losing record this late in the season.

"I didn't feel like I had a good rhythm or energy," Lincecum said. "But that's the excuse I seem to give every time. I fell behind hitters and every pitch seemed difficult instead of cruising. I didn't have it from the start. You have to grind through it. I didn't grind hard enough. I wasn't hitting my spots.

"It was a pretty bad outing all the way around."

Richard was in complete control against the offensively challenged Giants. He induced double plays in the second and fifth, and the only time San Francisco reached second base against Richard came on Sandoval's two-out double in the first.

Richard left after throwing just 76 pitches through five innings because of shoulder stiffness, which isn't expected to affect his next start. He struck out two and gave up two hits and three walks, and perhaps the Padres should've stuck with him longer.

Sandoval smacked a 2-1 pitch from Ernesto Frieri over the right-field wall for the first splash shot of the season, trimming San Diego's lead to 3-2 and sending kayakers scurrying into the chilly waters for the ball. The home run was the 56th by a Giants player into McCovey Cove, with 35 belonging to home run king Barry Bonds.


Headley was ejected in the ninth after he struck out swinging, leaving his bat at home plate and muttering a few words to umpire Tim Timmons. ... Giants OF Cody Ross was replaced by a pinch-runner in the sixth inning because of a mild left hamstring strain. He is day to day. ... Padres reliever Joe Thatcher threw about 25 pitches off the mound for the first time since left shoulder surgery two months ago. ... Padres RHP Aaron Harang (bruised right foot) was scheduled to begin his rehab stint Monday night at Class-A Lake Elsinore.

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Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, RF5221002 .250
Jason Bartlett, SS5220002 .243
Chase Headley, 3B4011021 .306
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Ryan Ludwick, LF5011022 .251
Orlando Hudson, 2B4011000 .231
Cameron Maybin, CF4110003 .260
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2010100 .174
Nick Hundley, C4011012 .228
Clayton Richard, P2010011 .107
   a- Kyle Phillips, PH1000001 .228
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Josh Spence, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Guzman, PH1000001 .273
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Gonzalez, 3B0000000 .217
a-flied out for Richard in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Qualls in the 8th
2B - Jason Bartlett (9, Lincecum), Cameron Maybin (10, Ramirez), Anthony Rizzo (7, Casilla), Clayton Richard (1, Lincecum)
HR - Will Venable (2, Mota)
SF - Chase Headley (1)
RBI - Will Venable (14), Chase Headley (30), Ryan Ludwick (52), Orlando Hudson (14), Nick Hundley (15)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson (7)
SB - Will Venable (14, 2nd base off Lincecum/Stewart), Jason Bartlett (16, 2nd base off Lincecum/Stewart), Cameron Maybin (12, 3rd base off Lopez/Stewart), Anthony Rizzo (2, 3rd base off Lincecum/Stewart)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Bartlett-Hudson-Rizzo, Hudson-Bartlett-Rizzo
San Diego Padres
Clayton Richard (W,5-9) 5200320 3.88
Ernesto Frieri (H,3) 0.1122001 3.35
Josh Spence (H,2) 0.2000100 0.00
Chad Qualls (H,6) 1000000 2.85
Mike Adams (H,17) 1100000 1.17
Heath Bell (S,25) 1211100 2.50
HBP - Burriss (by Ernesto Frieri)
WP - Heath Bell (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 76-43, Ernesto Frieri 12-6, Josh Spence 12-6, Chad Qualls 13-8, Mike Adams 12-10, Heath Bell 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 7-4, Josh Spence 1-1, Chad Qualls 1-2, Mike Adams 2-1, Heath Bell 2-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 18, Ernesto Frieri 3, Josh Spence 3, Chad Qualls 3, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 6
San Francisco Giants
Aaron Rowand, CF-LF5000013 .246
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B3100001 .230
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4132000 .302
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .200
Aubrey Huff, 1B4000012 .241
Cody Ross, LF1010200 .273
    Ryan Vogelsong, PR0000000 .231
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Miguel Tejada, 3B1110000 .234
Nate Schierholtz, RF4000004 .271
Chris Stewart, C2000101 .192
   a- Pat Burrell, PH0000100 .235
    Matt Cain, PR0000000 .086
Brandon Crawford, SS3011101 .216
Tim Lincecum, P0000000 .063
   b- Bill Hall, PH1000000 .214
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Andres Torres, CF2000002 .217
a-walked for Stewart in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lincecum in the 5th
2B - Pablo Sandoval (11, Richard), Miguel Tejada (15, Bell)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (8, Frieri)
SH - Tim Lincecum (6)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (24), Brandon Crawford (16)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Sandoval-Burriss-Huff
PB - Chris Stewart (2)
E - Emmanuel Burriss (5, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
Tim Lincecum (L,6-7) 5733140 3.14
Santiago Casilla 1100000 2.60
Ramon Ramirez 1.1111010 2.67
Javier Lopez0000000 2.30
Sergio Romo 0.2100000 2.36
Guillermo Mota 1111011 4.50
HBP - Rizzo (by Javier Lopez)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 93-58, Santiago Casilla 10-6, Ramon Ramirez 26-16, Javier Lopez 5-2, Sergio Romo 4-4, Guillermo Mota 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 6-6, Santiago Casilla 1-2, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Sergio Romo 1-0, Guillermo Mota 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 24, Santiago Casilla 4, Ramon Ramirez 5, Javier Lopez 1, Sergio Romo 2, Guillermo Mota 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42300
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn