San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Nick Hundley had three hits with two RBI and
was one of four Padres to homer as San Diego avoided a four-game sweep by
crushing the San Francisco Giants in a 10-1 victory on Sunday at Petco Park.
The Padres couldn't muster an ounce of offense while falling victim to Tim
Lincecum's no-hitter on Saturday night, but pounded out 12 hits in the series
finale while scoring in each of the first five innings.
Carlos Quentin hit a two-run homer and had three RBI, while Will Venable and
Chris Denorfia each hit solo shots.
The Padres, however, have won just twice in their 16 last games, with Eric
Stults (8-7) picking up the victories in both, and will head into the All-Star
break in the basement of the NL West division.
Stults was solid over six innings of work, allowing just five hits and one run
while striking out five.
The Giants were forced to use six relievers after Barry Zito (4-7) lasted only
two-plus innings. The lefty was charged with four runs and over his eight road
starts this season, has an 0-6 record with an astounding 10.20 ERA.
The Giants scored first after Andres Torres led off the game with a triple and
scored on Marco Scutaro's base hit, but it all went downhill from there.
Zito gave up three of the home runs, the first on Denorfia's shot into the
upper deck in left in the home half of the first. Hundley and Venable then
went back-to-back the following frame for a 3-1 Padres edge.
Zito was done after walking Everth Cabrera to start the third, and the Giants
bullpen didn't fair much better. Jake Dunning walked a pair, plunked another
and surrendered three-run scoring hits while recording just one out.
Quentin, Jesus Guzman and Hundley each knocked in one run apiece, and Venable
greeted reliever Javier Lopez with an RBI single to cap the four-run frame.
Guzman added a bloop single over the head of second baseman Scutaro in the
fourth with the bases loaded to plate another run and make it 8-1. It was a
nine-run spread an inning later after a two-run homer from Quentin.
San Francisco had its three-game winning streak snapped and the defending
World Series champs will go into the All-Star break sitting in fourth place in
the NL West.
The Padres ended a five-game slide against the Giants ... Reliever Colt Hynes
made his major league debut for the Padres and pitched a scoreless ninth ...
The Giants had only seven hits ... Denorfia scored three times.
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