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Sandoval homers twice as Giants down Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Coming off a deflating loss to the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy wanted to see signs that the defending World Series champions hadn't packed it in.

They haven't.

Pablo Sandoval homered twice, lefty Madison Bumgarner struck out a career-high 13 in 8 1/3 innings and the Giants beat the last-place San Diego Padres 7-2 on Monday to remain seven games behind the Diamondbacks with 21 to play.

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The Giants came into this three-game series with their biggest deficit of the season after losing two of three to the Diamondbacks in a weekend series, including a 4-1 loss on Sunday.

"I'm proud of how the guys bounced back," Bochy said. "They played so well today. I mean, that's as tough a loss as we've had all year. We played one of our better games. We did a great job of putting that game behind us."

The Diamondbacks won 10-7 at Colorado on Monday.

Bumgarner (10-12) came within two outs of his first career complete game. He was pulled after Nick Hundley hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth, his sixth. Bumgarner held San Diego to two runs and seven hits, and walked one. It was the fourth time he struck out 10 or more, all coming this season.

"What a job he did," Bochy said. "I said, 'I'm going to let him start the ninth, give him a chance, get a shot at it.' He had a couple deep counts and the home run. I wasn't going to let him work that hard to get the complete game."

Bumgarner allowed a run in the first inning but then dominated the Padres after that.

"They hit some good pitches and got a run in, then I shut them down," Bumgarner said. "Our defense made a lot of great plays."

Sandoval's 17th and 18th homers, both off Tim Stauffer (8-12), were enough to carry the Giants to just their third win in eight games. With two outs in the first, he homered into the sand play area beyond the fence in right-center on a 2-0 pitch. He led off the fourth with a shot into the right field seats on a 2-1 pitch.

"Those balls were well-hit," Bochy said. "He's strong. It doesn't matter what park he's in, he hits them well. He gave us what we needed. He got us on the board there early. Good day for him."

The Giants have hit seven homers in their last five games after going homerless in their previous six.

Sandoval's first homer, to one of the deepest parts of spacious Petco Park, was estimated at 436 feet.

"It's not that easy, especially in this park," Sandoval said. "It's tough to hit home runs so I don't try to hit home runs."

It was the third time Sandoval has had two homers in a game. The first two were in 2009.

"The pitches today were pitches that were middle of the plate and missed locations," Stauffer said.

Sandoval flied out to left in his third at-bat. In his fourth at-bat, with runners on first and third, first base opened on a wild pitch by Jeff Fulchino while Sandoval was batting, and he was intentionally walked. After a forceout at home, Cody Ross hit a two-run double. Brad Brach, the third Padres reliever that inning, walked pinch-hitter Mark DeRosa with the bases loaded to run San Francisco's lead to 7-1. The Padres walked four that inning.

Sandoval struck out in the ninth inning.

Stauffer lost his third straight start. allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out one and walked one.

In his previous start, Stauffer lasted only 1 2/3 innings and had a career-high seven walks in an 8-5 loss at Dodger Stadium. Six of them were in the second inning alone, three with the bases loaded.

"He's not working himself out of jams," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "A little bit of the long ball has gotten to him. He's not stringing good pitches together."

San Diego's Jesus Guzman hit an RBI single in the first.

Notes

  • Giants RF Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup. Manager Bruce Bochy said he had either serious food poisoning or the flu and was sick all night.
  • The Padres reinstated OF Chris Denorfia from the 15-day DL before the game. Denorfia had two doubles.
  • Giants LHP Eric Surkamp (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will make his second career start on Tuesday night. The Padres will counter with LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 5.14).
 
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The Giants' Madison Bumgarner strikes out a career-high 13, and comes within two outs of his first career complete game. (Getty Images)
The Giants' Madison Bumgarner strikes out a career-high 13, and comes within two outs of his first career complete game. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
San Francisco

M. Bumgarner
IP 8.1
H 7
ER 2
BB 1
K 13
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andres Torres, CF-LF4000110 .223
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4110100 .297
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4322111 .296
Aubrey Huff, 1B2000100 .241
    Darren Ford, PR-CF2100014 .250
Cody Ross, RF4232000 .238
Brandon Belt, LF-1B3010111 .215
Brandon Crawford, SS3011000 .192
   a- Mark DeRosa, PH0001100 .232
    Orlando Cabrera, SS0000000 .239
Chris Stewart, C4010003 .194
Madison Bumgarner, P4000025 .100
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals3479666  
a-walked for Crawford in the 8th
Batting
2B - Cody Ross 2 (23, Stauffer, Fulchino)
HR - Pablo Sandoval 2 (18, Stauffer, Stauffer)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 2 (55), Cody Ross 2 (47), Brandon Crawford (18), Mark DeRosa (5)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (17), Brandon Crawford (10)
SB - Andres Torres (17, 2nd base off Fulchino/Hundley)
CS - Darren Ford (4, 2nd base by Stauffer/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Madison Bumgarner (W,10-12) 8.17221131 3.37
Santiago Casilla 0.2000020 1.30
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 121-83, Santiago Casilla 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 6-6
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 33, Santiago Casilla 2
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4010030 .275
Jason Bartlett, SS4120011 .249
Jesus Guzman, 1B4011022 .335
Kyle Blanks, LF3000112 .239
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000013 .246
Nick Hundley, C4111020 .275
Chris Denorfia, RF4020010 .264
Alberto Gonzalez, 3B4000022 .224
Tim Stauffer, P2000012 .154
    Drew Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   a- Aaron Cunningham, PH1000010 .157
    Jeff Fulchino, P0000000 .000
    Josh Spence, P0000000 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals34272115  
a-struck out for Carpenter in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (18, Bumgarner), Chris Denorfia 2 (11, Bumgarner, Bumgarner)
HR - Nick Hundley (6, Bumgarner)
RBI - Jesus Guzman (38), Nick Hundley (23)
SB - Cameron Maybin (34, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Stewart)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Bartlett-Hudson-Guzman
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Stauffer (L,8-12) 6744112 3.83
Drew Carpenter 1000010 6.97
Jeff Fulchino 0.1233200 5.88
Josh Spence0000100 1.93
Brad Brach 0.2000110 0.00
Ernesto Frieri 1000130 3.07
IBB - Sandoval by Jeff Fulchino
WP - Jeff Fulchino (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 98-60, Drew Carpenter 9-6, Jeff Fulchino 17-7, Josh Spence 5-1, Brad Brach 16-9, Ernesto Frieri 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 12-3, Drew Carpenter 2-0, Jeff Fulchino 1-0, Brad Brach 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 24, Drew Carpenter 3, Jeff Fulchino 5, Josh Spence 1, Brad Brach 3, Ernesto Frieri 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25066
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Mike Winters