Damian Moss doesn’t understand why he’s struggling.
Moss has not pitched since June 25, giving him 11 days to stew over the shortest outing of his first season with the Giants. The 26-year-old left-hander was dismal in a 6-0 loss to Los Angeles, lasting only two innings and giving up five runs and eight hits.
In his last four starts, Moss is 1-2 with a 7.66 ERA.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” said Moss, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Atlanta Braves. “I’m throwing strikes, but the results aren’t there. It’s very frustrating. I’ve got to look at some film from last year and try to figure it out.”
Moss hopes to get over his struggles as the Giants try to win their fourth consecutive series. After winning 8-6 in Friday’s series opener, San Francisco fell 5-2 on Saturday.
Brian Buchanan went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the last-place Padres beat the NL West-leading Giants for just the second time in eight games this season.
San Diego has won seven of eight.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Padres - 5th place, 23 GB, NL West.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Moss (7-6, 4.92 ERA). In three career games against the Padres, Moss is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Lawrence (5-9, 4.67 ERA). Lawrence broke a two-start losing streak Tuesday, giving up one run and five hits over six innings in an 8-1 win over Los Angeles. In five career games against the Giants, the 27-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Ray Durham, .313 avg.; Barry Bonds, 25 HRs, 52 RBIs and 60 runs; Durham, Bonds and Marquis Grissom, 7 SBs. Padres - Mark Loretta, .302 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 18 HRs and 51 RBIs; Xavier Nady and Rondell White, 39 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Giants, 6-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - LF Bonds needs one walk to become the fourth player in history with 2,000, joining Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. … SS Rich Aurilia is 6-for-12 in his career against RHP Lawrence. … C Benito Santiago did not play Saturday after dislocating his left pinky finger Friday. He said he expects to miss four or five games. Padres - 1B Klesko is batting .375 (9-for-24) over his last seven games. … CF Mark Kotsay went 0-for-4 Saturday, snapping his six-game hitting streak. … 2B Loretta is 2-for-8 in his career against LHP Moss.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 27-19 on the road; Padres - 16-28 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL. Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; INF Ramon Vazquez (abdomen), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.