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Sandoval hits three HRs to lead Giants in rout of Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- The team from San Francisco had a flashback. It came courtsey of Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in the Giants' 13-5 victory against the San Diego Padres.

"Actually I did when he hit that third one," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "I said, 'That brings back a good memory.' "

Sandoval hit three home runs and drove in six runs Wednesday, leading a rare power show by the Giants. It also brought back thoughts of the team's amazing run last fall when it won its second World Series in three years.

Sandoval's only previous three-homer game came in the opener of last year's World Series. He wound up as the MVP of the Series.

Sandoval's thoughts drifted to the most recent Fall Classic as well.

"A little bit," he said. "It was a great moment. Now this is my second time I hit three home runs in a game. It's exciting to me. I'm starting to get my swing back, my timing back and trying to help the team win games.

Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs this season. He then hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, a leadoff drive in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth.

The star third baseman also added a single against the Padres.

San Francisco hit six home runs overall. The Giants began the game tied with Miami for the fewest home runs in the majors with 80.

"I think we were all asking where's that from," Bochy said. "But it was good to see them break out because we came out swinging. That is not our game but it shows that we are capable of doing some good things with the bats."

Tim Lincecum (9-13) won again at Petco Park as the Giants avoided the three-game sweep. In Lincecum's first start at San Diego since throwing a no-hitter on July 13, he worked 5⅔ innings and allowed five runs on seven hits in gaining his third consecutive victory.

"I didn't attack it the way I wanted to," a downcast Lincecum said. "When you have the answers to the test and you don't put them down, it is a little frustrating."

The Giants tagged Eric Stults (8-13), hitting three home runs in taking a 5-2 lead through four innings.

"Obviously I wasn't pleased with the result," Stults said. "Today was a tough one. It was just one of those games that got away from me."

Brandon Crawford homered in the Giants third. Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez hit two-run homers in the fourth.

Chase Headley and Ronny Cedeno hit home runs for the Padres.

Pence's RBI double finished Stults in the fifth. Sandoval greeted reliever Brad Brach with a towering drive to right.

Stults' second-half woes continued as he absorbed his third straight loss. He last won on July 14 against the Giants.

The Padres pulled to 8-5 on RBI singles by Will Venable and Alexi Amarista in the sixth.

But this day belonged to Sandoval.

"He's one of those guys that when he's hot, he's hot," Padres Manager Bud Black said. "It's really tough to get him out."

Notes

  • The Giants' 13 runs were one shy of their season-high; their 17 hits two off their top showing of the season.
  • Padres CF Cameron Maybin will undergo season-ending wrist surgery on Friday. He played in only 14 games this year because of knee and wrist injuries.
  • Padres 1B Yonder Alonso received an injection in his right hand, which was hurt Friday on a check swing against the Dodgers.
  • Headley returned to the lineup after missing six games with a sore back.
  • Struggling Giants LHP Barry Zito has been demoted to the bullpen.
  • Giants C Buster Posey was out of the lineup and is day to day after spraining his right ring finger on a wild pitch on Tuesday. Bochy was optimistic regarding his availability on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
 
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Pablo Sandoval hits three of the Giants' six home runs and drives in six to help San Francisco avert a sweep. (USATSI)
Pablo Sandoval hits three of the Giants' six home runs and drives in six to help San Francisco avert a sweep. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 3
RBI 6
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 5
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Joaquin Arias, 2B-3B5130000 .286
Juan Perez, CF5121012 .240
Brandon Belt, 1B5120013 .283
Hunter Pence, RF5323013 .284
Pablo Sandoval, 3B5346000 .277
Brett Pill, LF3110011 .232
   Francisco Peguero, LF-RF1000110 .182
Hector Sanchez, C5112020 .247
Brandon Crawford, SS5111022 .260
Tim Lincecum, P3000020 .080
   a-Gregor Blanco, PH-LF1110000 .254
Totals43131713111  
a-singled for Casilla in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hunter Pence (33, Stults)
HR - Hunter Pence (18, Stults), Pablo Sandoval 3 (13, Brach), Hector Sanchez (3, Stults), Brandon Crawford (9, Stults)
RBI - Juan Perez (4), Hunter Pence 3 (72), Pablo Sandoval 6 (71), Hector Sanchez 2 (16), Brandon Crawford (41)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (36), Pablo Sandoval 5 (30)
SB - Juan Perez (1, 2nd base off Stults/Hundley)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Crawford-Arias-Belt, Crawford-Arias-Belt-Sandoval-Arias-Belt
PB - Hector Sanchez (3)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Lincecum (W,9-13) 5.2755452 4.50
Jose Mijares 0200000 4.13
Jean Machi (H,6) 0.1000010 2.70
Sandy Rosario (H,7) 1000000 2.88
Santiago Casilla 1000010 1.56
Michael Kickham 1000000 9.85
HBP - Gyorko (by Tim Lincecum)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Lincecum 111-65, Jose Mijares 3-3, Jean Machi 7-4, Sandy Rosario 15-9, Santiago Casilla 8-7, Michael Kickham 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Lincecum 7-3, Santiago Casilla 2-0, Michael Kickham 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Lincecum 27, Jose Mijares 2, Jean Machi 1, Sandy Rosario 3, Santiago Casilla 3, Michael Kickham 3
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF4121011 .275
   a-Chris Robinson, PH1000000 .000
Alexi Amarista, LF5021011 .266
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4010013 .244
Chase Headley, 3B3111101 .240
Jesus Guzman, 1B3010110 .232
Nick Hundley, C4000014 .240
Reymond Fuentes, CF3110123 .167
Ronny Cedeno, SS4111002 .240
Eric Stults, P1000000 .170
   b-Logan Forsythe, PH0100100 .215
   c-Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .199
Totals3359447  
a-grounded out for Venable in the 9th
b-walked for Brach in the 6th
c-grounded out for Boxberger in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alexi Amarista (14, Mijares), Jedd Gyorko (24, Lincecum)
HR - Chase Headley (9, Lincecum), Ronny Cedeno (3, Lincecum)
SH - Eric Stults (7)
RBI - Will Venable (50), Alexi Amarista (30), Chase Headley (37), Ronny Cedeno (19)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (13), Alexi Amarista (12), Chase Headley (15)
SB - Will Venable (16, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez), Reymond Fuentes (2, 2nd base off Lincecum/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Gyorko-Guzman, Cedeno-Gyorko-Guzman-Cedeno-Gyorko-Guzman
E - Nick Hundley (8, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (L,8-13) 4.2977043 4.07
Brad Brach 1.1111031 3.81
Brad Boxberger 2311021 3.24
Dale Thayer 0.2444111 3.50
Anthony Bass 0.1000010 5.06
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 84-56, Brad Brach 23-14, Brad Boxberger 28-21, Dale Thayer 24-14, Anthony Bass 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 4-5, Brad Brach 1-0, Brad Boxberger 2-1, Dale Thayer 1-0, Anthony Bass 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 22, Brad Brach 5, Brad Boxberger 8, Dale Thayer 7, Anthony Bass 2
Game Information
Attendance - 15762
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Bill Miller