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Suicide squeeze in 11th helps Giants edge Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Chris Stewart and the San Francisco Giants stole a page out of San Diego's playbook to beat the Padres.

Stewart drove in the go-ahead run with a suicide squeeze in the 11th inning, then pounced on a bunt moments later to start a slick double play that helped the Giants hold off San Diego 4-3 on Sunday.

San Francisco stole six bases, and Emmanuel Burriss scored the tiebreaking run after his second of the game.

San Diego, which ranks last in the National League in runs, entered second in the majors and leading the NL in stolen bases with 94. The Giants came in near the bottom of the league with 53.

"We played a little of their type of baseball today," Stewart said. "We got runners on base however we could, stole a base, advanced to third on the error. We were able to put pressure on them and come away with a big run."

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy never hesitated when it came time to call for the suicide squeeze with Stewart at the plate.

"We had the right guy up there to get a bunt down," Bochy said. "We had speed at third. If they pitch out, they get you. If not, [they] can't defend it. Stew put down a perfect bunt."

It was a rough day for San Diego catcher Kyle Phillips, who along with Padres pitchers, allowed the six stolen bases. It was also Phillips' throwing error on Burriss' second steal that put the Giant at third base to set up the squeeze.

And finally, it was Phillips who bunted into a double play while attempting to sacrifice runners from first and second with nobody out in the 11th.

"I made a couple of good throws and I made a couple of bad throws," he said. "I didn't have a good game. I had a chance to redeem myself late in the game, but I couldn't get the bunt down. Things didn't go our way."

Burriss, who entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth, reached on a one-out single off Chad Qualls (4-3) in the 11th. Burriss stole second and continued to third on Phillips' throwing error into center field.

With the infield in, Qualls pitched out on his first delivery to Stewart, who stayed in the game after pinch-hitting in the ninth. But on a 3-1 count, Stewart laid down a perfect bunt to easily score Burriss.

"It was a great call," Burriss said. "It was a great bunt by Stewart. All credit goes to him for getting that bunt down."

The six stolen bases tied a San Francisco record.

"Overall, that's not our game," Bochy said. "We're trying to be [creative]. We should be able to steal more bases and do some other things to help get some runs across."

Javier Lopez (5-1) pitched two innings for the win and Brian Wilson wriggled out of a jam in the 11th for his 28th save in 32 chances.

Wilson walked his first two batters and Phillips tried to advance them with a bunt in front of home plate. Stewart quickly popped out of his crouch and fired to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who relayed to first for a 2-5-4 double play that fired up the Giants' infield.

"That double play was electric," Bochy said. "We're in trouble there with first and second and nobody out. Both Stew and Pablo weren't content with just one out and it saved us."

Logan Forsythe walked before Wilson retired Alberto Gonzalez on a game-ending grounder.

San Francisco, which has won seven of its last nine games, took three of four in the series. It was the eighth time the clubs have played each other in the last 11 games.

The Padres have lost eight of nine.

San Diego's Orlando Hudson hit a two-run, go-ahead single in the sixth inning to take advantage of a mistake by catcher Eli Whiteside.

With one out in the sixth and Everth Cabrera at the plate, Matt Cain threw a pitch in the dirt that Cabrera swung at and missed for strike three. But plate umpire Marvin Hudson ruled that Whiteside didn't catch the ball. While Cabrera took off for first base, Whiteside held up his glove, indicating he had caught the ball, while he argued with Hudson.

By the time Whiteside threw to first, Cabrera beat the throw on what was officially ruled a passed ball.

Cameron Maybin followed with a single and the Padres loaded the bases when Ryan Ludwick was hit on the hand by Cain's fastball. Hudson then singled in two runs to put the Padres ahead 3-2.

The Giants tied the game in the seventh when Whiteside reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on Andres Torres' single.

Cain allowed three runs - one earned - and three hits over six innings. The All-Star right-hander struck out nine and walked two.

The Padres scored an unearned run in the first after Will Venable led off with a walk and went to third on a fielding error by second baseman Mike Fontenot on Cabrera's grounder. Venable scored one out later on Ludwick's sacrifice fly.

San Francisco tied the score at 1 in the second after consecutive singles by Nate Schierholtz and Aubrey Huff to start the inning followed by Cody Ross' sacrifice fly.

Schierholtz had a run-scoring single in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

Padres starter Mat Latos gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Notes

  • Cain is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA in his last nine starts.
  • Padres SS Jason Bartlett was placed on the paternity leave list. San Diego recalled Cabrera from Triple-A Tucson.
  • Padres 3B Chase Headley missed his second straight game with a strained right calf.
 
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Chris Stewart lays down a suicide squeeze in the 11th before pouncing on a bunt moments later to start a slick double play. (Getty Images)
Chris Stewart lays down a suicide squeeze in the 11th before pouncing on a bunt moments later to start a slick double play. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

N. Schierholtz
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
San Diego

O. Hudson
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF6021012 .239
Mike Fontenot, 2B4110111 .232
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Rowand, PH1000001 .238
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4010102 .301
Nate Schierholtz, RF5121012 .288
Aubrey Huff, 1B5010012 .235
Cody Ross, LF3001102 .264
Miguel Tejada, SS5010003 .243
Eli Whiteside, C3100112 .239
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-2B1110000 .216
Matt Cain, P1000110 .105
   b- Hector Sanchez, PH1000011 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Stewart, PH-C0001000 .190
Totals3949457  
a-flied out for Lopez in the 11th
b-struck out for Cain in the 7th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Romo in the 9th
Batting
SF - Cody Ross (2)
SH - Chris Stewart 2 (3)
RBI - Andres Torres (17), Nate Schierholtz (33), Cody Ross (28), Chris Stewart (4)
2-OUT RBI - Andres Torres (3)
SB - Andres Torres (12, 2nd base off Qualls/Phillips), Nate Schierholtz 2 (7, 2nd base off Latos/Phillips, 2nd base off Adams/Phillips), Eli Whiteside (1, 2nd base off Latos/Phillips), Emmanuel Burriss 2 (8, 2nd base off Bell/Phillips, 3rd base off Qualls/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Stewart-Sandoval-Burriss
PB - Eli Whiteside (5)
E - Mike Fontenot (5, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Tejada (10, Misplayed grounder)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain 6331290 2.99
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2100000 3.24
Sergio Romo 1.1000010 1.97
Javier Lopez (W,5-1) 2100020 2.11
Brian Wilson (S,28) 1000300 3.02
HBP - Ludwick (by Matt Cain)
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 102-64, Jeremy Affeldt 17-9, Sergio Romo 20-15, Javier Lopez 19-13, Brian Wilson 23-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 5-5, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Sergio Romo 1-2, Javier Lopez 3-0, Brian Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 25, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Sergio Romo 4, Javier Lopez 6, Brian Wilson 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF3100201 .238
Everth Cabrera, SS5110020 .200
Cameron Maybin, CF5110014 .260
Ryan Ludwick, LF2001110 .238
Orlando Hudson, 2B4022101 .232
Kyle Phillips, C5000024 .188
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3000022 .149
   a- Logan Forsythe, PH-3B1000110 .163
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B-1B5000022 .204
Mat Latos, P2000010 .071
   b- Jesus Guzman, PH1000000 .286
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Denorfia, PH1010000 .283
    Josh Spence, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals37353512  
a-struck out for Rizzo in the 9th
b-grounded out for Latos in the 7th
c-singled for Bell in the 9th
Batting
SF - Ryan Ludwick (4)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (56), Orlando Hudson 2 (20)
SB - Everth Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Cain/Whiteside)
CS - Will Venable (3, 2nd base by Cain/Whiteside), Chris Denorfia (6, 2nd base by Lopez/Stewart)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Kyle Phillips (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mat Latos 7733150 4.02
Mike Adams 1000210 1.26
Heath Bell 1000200 2.54
Josh Spence 0.2000010 0.90
Chad Qualls (L,4-4) 1.1211000 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 100-62, Mike Adams 23-13, Heath Bell 24-13, Josh Spence 7-5, Chad Qualls 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 9-7, Mike Adams 2-0, Heath Bell 2-1, Josh Spence 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-2
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 29, Mike Adams 5, Heath Bell 5, Josh Spence 2, Chad Qualls 6
Game Information
Attendance - 36351
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Brian Runge