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Padres get one hit against Giants, slip away with victory

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The next time your local Major League Baseball team manages only one hit, do not accept defeat as inevitable.

Take the San Diego Padres. All they got Tuesday night at PETCO Park was one hit, yet it was enough to beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 for their fifth straight victory.

It's only the second time in franchise history, and the first since 1975, the Padres won while getting one hit.

"Yeah, the Pads are exciting. We can do it with one hit," closer Heath Bell(notes) said. "Imagine what we can do with 10 hits."

The Giants produced six hits, including a leadoff triple in the eighth, but Padres reliever Mike Adams(notes) (right) wriggled out of the jam. Bell got himself into and out of trouble in the ninth.

San Francisco, which dropped into a first-place tie with San Diego, probably won't experience a more frustrating defeat all season.

The Giants, who have scored three runs in their past 30 innings, lost their third straight game by one run.

Further, in a semi-ironic coincidence, the losing pitcher was left-hander Jonathan Sanchez(notes), who beat the Padres with a no-hitter in 2009.

"You are going to have these days when you are going to lose 1-0," Sanchez said.

True, except since moving to San Francisco in 1958, the Giants had never one-hit an opponent and lost. It made for a testy clubhouse.

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"I haven't been in a game like this — one hit and you come away with a loss," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "To have that many opportunities, it's tough to do.

"They are very upset," Bochy said of his players. "There’s no way we should have lost tonight's game."

It's happened before, though infrequently, a team winning with just one hit. Two seasons ago, the Dodgers were no-hit by the Angels and still won.

Sanchez (right) got beat, not only for of a lack of Giants offense, but also because the Padres had the perfect small-ball inning.

Chase Headley(notes) led off the fourth with a single and stole second base. Kyle Blanks(notes) hit a foul pop that Aubrey Huff(notes) caught as he tumbled into a camera well, allowing Headley — who had tagged up — time to reach third base.

Scott Hairston(notes) followed with a sacrifice fly to right field and — presto! — the Padres led 1-0. All they got, all they needed.

"Not a typical win, but it's just as valuable as scoring 17," Headley said, referring to San Diego's home-opening, 17-2 win against Atlanta on April 12.

David Eckstein(notes), one night after winning the game with a home run, saved a run in the fourth inning with a great diving catch to bail out starter Mat Latos(notes). It just was not the Giants' night. Again.

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