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Giants' Petit steps in for injured Cain, baffles Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Yusmeiro Petit had all of an hour to prepare for his spot start, and he hadn't thrown off a mound for seven days while only playing catch. There was no time to study San Diego's hitters, either.

Petit dazzled in place of injured ace Matt Cain, pitching six innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.

"That's my job," said Petit, who was one out from a perfect game last September against Arizona shortly after joining the rotation. "I'm prepared for it any time for that, one moment before the game telling me 'you're going to start the game.' I've done it before. It's normal for me."

Angel Pagan led off the first inning with a home run and Buster Posey connected two batters later to give Petit an early boost.

Cain was scratched after cutting the tip of his right index finger. Cain was in the clubhouse kitchen making a sandwich and had a knife in his hand when the utensil dropped. Cain tried to catch it and cut his finger about a half-inch at the tip. He took batting practice, but then tried to throw and kept opening the cut.

He expects to make his next start, Monday at Pittsburgh.

"It's obviously really, really bad timing," Cain said. "Petit did an unbelievable job today. He picked it up and the guys scored a bunch of runs. Hopefully this isn't a big deal ... and it should be fine in a couple days."

Petit (2-1) didn't allow a hit until Everth Cabrera's leadoff single in the fourth.

Hector Sanchez, starting at catcher with Posey at first base, hit a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.

Petit allowed three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

It was his first start not allowing a run since he tossed a one-hitter last Sept. 6 at home against Arizona. He lowered his ERA from 3.68 to 2.61.

Jean Machi pitched two innings and Santiago Casilla finished the 2-hour, 28-minute, three-hitter, San Francisco's second shutout this season. The Padres were blanked for the fourth time.

The Giants said Cain wouldn't require stitches.

"What a great effort," manager Bruce Bochy said of Petit. "Any time you lose your starter and the swing guy goes in there and gives you six innings like that, that's such a big lift for the club."

Cain, who pitched a perfect game two years ago at AT&T Park, will finish winless in April. He is 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in five starts.

Pagan sent a 1-1 pitch from Eric Stults (1-3) just inside the left-field foul pole for his second home run, then Posey hit his sixth one out later.

It was Pagan's seventh career leadoff homer and first since May 1, 2013, at Arizona.

The Giants hit two home runs in the first inning at AT&T Park for the first time since Fred Lewis and Bengie Molina did so on July 22, 2008, against Washington.

"Tonight I didn't execute many pitches. I was down in the zone the first time I played them," Stults said. "I knew they were probably going to be aggressive. They usually come out swinging early."

Stults was done after 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.

San Diego's Yasmani Grandal made his first career start at first base as manager Bud Black gave struggling Yonder Alonso a break.

San Diego will try to win Wednesday's rubber game for their first road series victory this year and snap a nine-series winless streak at AT&T Park dating to a three-game series here from Oct. 1-3, 2010, one that sealed the Giants' division title on the way to the city's first World Series championship.

Notes

Padres reliever Donn Roach doubled in the sixth for his first major-league hit. ... Barry Bonds made an appearance at the ballpark. ... Padres OF Seth Smith was available off the bench but missed his fourth consecutive start as he nurses a strained groin sustained Thursday night against the Nationals. Black said it was "a very good chance" he could start Wednesday. ... Giants RHP Tim Hudson tries for his fourth victory, facing LHP Robbie Erlin (1-3). ... The Giants improved to 11-1 when scoring first. ... It was an usually warm 76 degrees at first pitch.

 
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On short notice, Yusmeiro Petit takes the start for the Giants and pitches three-hit ball for six scoreless innings.  (USATSI)
On short notice, Yusmeiro Petit takes the start for the Giants and pitches three-hit ball for six scoreless innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

A. Pagan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
San Francisco

Y. Petit
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS4010001 .295
Cameron Maybin, CF4000012 .250
Chris Denorfia, LF3010010 .318
Yasmani Grandal, 1B3000001 .236
Will Venable, RF3000010 .207
Nick Hundley, C3000020 .324
Alexi Amarista, 2B3000000 .175
Jace Peterson, 3B3000000 .231
Eric Stults, P1000000 .167
   Donn Roach, P10100001.000
   Alex Torres, P0000000 .000
   a-Seth Smith, PH1000010 .273
Totals2903006  
a-struck out for Torres in the 9th
Batting
2B - Donn Roach (1, Petit)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Stults-Hundley-Grandal
E - Jace Peterson (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Nick Hundley 2 (2)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (L,1-3) 2.2755212 5.34
Donn Roach 4.1210000 2.84
Alex Torres 1000020 0.82
IBB - Sandoval by Eric Stults
HBP - Crawford (by Alex Torres)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 51-29, Donn Roach 47-32, Alex Torres 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 5-1, Donn Roach 10-4, Alex Torres 1-0
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 16, Donn Roach 16, Alex Torres 4
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Angel Pagan, CF4121000 .340
Hunter Pence, RF4110000 .252
Buster Posey, 1B3211100 .253
   Brandon Belt, 1B0000000 .255
Michael Morse, LF3010001 .301
   Juan Perez, PR-LF1110000 .091
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3110102 .177
Hector Sanchez, C3013011 .171
Brandon Crawford, SS3011001 .260
Brandon Hicks, 2B4000013 .211
Yusmeiro Petit, P2000010 .000
   a-Ehire Adrianza, PH1000000 .185
   Jean Machi, P0000000 .000
   b-Joaquin Arias, PH1000001 .132
   Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
Totals3269623  
a-grounded out for Petit in the 6th
b-grounded out for Machi in the 8th
Batting
2B - Michael Morse (5, Stults)
HR - Angel Pagan (2, Stults), Buster Posey (6, Stults)
SF - Hector Sanchez (2)
RBI - Angel Pagan (14), Buster Posey (12), Hector Sanchez 3 (11), Brandon Crawford (11)
2-OUT RBI - Hector Sanchez 2 (3), Brandon Crawford (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hicks-Posey
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yusmeiro Petit (W,2-1) 6300040 2.61
Jean Machi 2000010 0.66
Santiago Casilla 1000010 1.17
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 72-50, Jean Machi 21-15, Santiago Casilla 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 9-4, Jean Machi 3-2, Santiago Casilla 2-0
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 20, Jean Machi 6, Santiago Casilla 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41952
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Larry Vanover