Giles will try to lead the Padres to their third win in four games when they open a four-game series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Padres earned a split of their four-game set against Colorado with a 15-2 win on Sunday. After hitting a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, Giles capped San Diego’s 12-run ninth with a three-run shot.
The Padres tied a team record with 10 hits in the ninth and finished one run shy of the team record for an inning. Ramon Hernandez singled and doubled in the inning, and Sean Burroughs tripled and singled.
“We are getting to the point of the season where we pretty much have to win every game from here on out to give us an opportunity,” Giles said. “In the wild card we are close, but there are still a few teams ahead of us that we really can’t control, so this one was big.”
The Padres are 2 1/2 games behind wild card-leading San Francisco, but they also trail Chicago and Houston and are tied with Florida.
David Wells will try to help the Padres improve their playoff chances.
Wells has won four straight decisions. He allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings Wednesday in a 10-5 victory over St. Louis. The 41-year-old left-hander struck out six and walked none.
“Boomer came through big-time,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said
The Dodgers had won five straight before falling to St. Louis 7-6 on Sunday. Jayson Werth and Steve Finley each drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which rallied from a four-run deficit before falling short.
“We don’t give up. We know we have a chance to mount a rally, no matter what inning it is and no matter who’s on the mound,” Finley said
Despite the loss, the Dodgers have a five-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.