San Diego at San Francisco

San Diego
W: E. Stults (11-13) L: Y. Petit (4-1)
HR: SD - C. Denorfia (10),J. Guzman (9),J. Gyorko (22)   SF - H. Pence (27)

Padres 9, Giants 3 wire reports

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jesus Guzman got to see plenty of pitches, thanks to Tommy Medica. That helped when he stepped to the plate a little later.

Guzman, Chris Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko each homered and drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday.

Medica singled after a 14-pitch at bat, with Guzman watching intently from the on-deck circle. Guzman then homered in a four-run fourth inning.

"I saw a lot of pitches and I hit it good," Guzman said. "He made the pitcher throw a lot of pitches and then he gets the hit."

Hunter Pence, who reached a tentative agreement on a $90 million, five-year contract before the game, hit a two-run homer for the Giants. San Francisco had won three in a row.

Eric Stults (11-13) pitched seven effective innings to win his third straight start after going 0-6 in his previous 10 starts. He also helped himself with an RBI single during a four-run fourth.

"I made some adjustments and was able to follow through on them," Stults said. "Every player wants to end on a good note and sometimes you have to battle the storm a little and keep pushing through."

Stults allowed three runs on seven hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Yusmeiro Petit (4-1) lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

"I felt good all the way around," Petit said. "This is a learning experience for me because when I get into big trouble I have to find a way to get out of it."

Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth and Nick Vincent worked the ninth. The Padres are a game ahead of the Giants in third place in the NL West.

Denorfia led off the game with his career-best 10th home run.

Angel Pagan doubled to open the bottom of the first and scored when Sandoval doubled with two outs.

Pence hit his 27th homer in the third to put the Giants ahead 3-1. His homer total is the highest for the Giants since Barry Bonds hit 28 in 2007.

Petit retired the first two batters in the fourth and then gave up six consecutive hits, including the long at bat by Medica, before being replaced by George Kontos.

"He was throwing everything," Medica said. "He kept making good pitches and I was fortunate to keep getting a piece of them until I finally got one fair."

Chase Headley doubled ahead of Medica. Guzman hit his homer and consecutive singles from Alexi Amarista, Chris Robinson, making his first major league start, and Stults produced another run and ended Petit's day.

Stults, who retired his last nine hitters, threw a career-high 203 2-3 innings this season.

"It's definitely a milestone," Stults said. "The goal was to make it through the season healthy and try to be reliable."

The Padres added four runs in the ninth on Gyorko's 22nd home run, a two-run shot, and RBI singles from Denorfia and Reymond Fuentes.

Gyorko has the most home runs by a rookie second baseman since Dan Uggla hit 27 for the Marlins in 2006.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Guzman
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
San Francisco

H. Pence
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Logan Forsythe, SS4000020 .214
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Jedd Gyorko, 2B5112010 .249
Chase Headley, 3B4120100 .251
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Alexi Amarista, CF-SS5110021 .238
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   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a-Will Venable, PH1010000 .267
   Yonder Alonso, PR0100000 .281
   Nick Vincent, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Gregerson in the 9th
2B - Chase Headley (35, Petit), Will Venable (22, Kickham)
HR - Chris Denorfia (10, Petit), Jedd Gyorko (22, Kickham), Jesus Guzman (9, Petit)
RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (47), Reymond Fuentes (1), Jedd Gyorko 2 (59), Tommy Medica (9), Jesus Guzman 2 (35), Eric Stults (4)
2-OUT RBI - Tommy Medica (4), Jesus Guzman 2 (18), Eric Stults (4)
SB - Chris Denorfia (11, 3rd base off Kickham/H. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 8
E - Alexi Amarista (5, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
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Luke Gregerson (H,24) 1000110 2.76
Nick Vincent 1200120 2.15
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 97-70, Luke Gregerson 12-7, Nick Vincent 23-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 9-9, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 28, Luke Gregerson 4, Nick Vincent 6
San Francisco Giants
Angel Pagan, CF5130000 .283
Juan Perez, LF4110002 .267
   a-Brandon Belt, PH1000013 .287
Hunter Pence, RF4112012 .282
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3021101 .276
Hector Sanchez, C4000013 .250
Tony Abreu, 2B4010010 .263
Brett Pill, 1B4010001 .224
Ehire Adrianza, SS3000111 .188
Yusmeiro Petit, P1000000 .063
   George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b-Francisco Peguero, PH1000001 .179
   Jake Dunning, P0000000 .000
   Jose Mijares, P0000000 .000
   Heath Hembree, P0000000 .000
   c-Brandon Crawford, PH1000000 .249
   Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kickham, P0000000 .167
   d-Gregor Blanco, PH1000012 .267
a-struck out for Perez in the 9th
b-lined out for Kontos in the 4th
c-grounded out for Hembree in the 7th
d-struck out for Kickham in the 9th
2B - Angel Pagan (16, Stults), Pablo Sandoval (27, Stults), Brett Pill (4, Stults)
HR - Hunter Pence (27, Stults)
RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (96), Pablo Sandoval (78)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (49), Pablo Sandoval (32)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Juan Perez 1
DP - Adrianza-Abreu-Pill
E - Ehire Adrianza (1, Misplayed grounder)
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George Kontos 0.1000010 4.56
Jake Dunning 1100200 2.55
Jose Mijares 1000020 4.22
Heath Hembree 1000020 0.00
Jean Machi 1200010 2.38
Michael Kickham 1644011 10.16
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Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 69-50, George Kontos 6-4, Jake Dunning 27-12, Jose Mijares 10-7, Heath Hembree 11-8, Jean Machi 13-10, Michael Kickham 29-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 1-8, Jake Dunning 1-1, Jose Mijares 1-0, Heath Hembree 1-0, Jean Machi 1-0, Michael Kickham 1-2
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 18, George Kontos 1, Jake Dunning 5, Jose Mijares 3, Heath Hembree 3, Jean Machi 4, Michael Kickham 10
Game Information
Attendance - 41201
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Quinn Wolcott, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake