San Francisco pulled within three games of NL West-leading San Diego with six to play by rallying for a 3-2 victory on Monday. The Giants were down to their last out against Padres closer Trevor Hoffman facing a 2-1 deficit when Randy Winn capped a 4-for-4 night with a tying RBI triple off the glove of center fielder Brian Giles.
Giles nearly made a leaping catch, but prevented the ball from going over the fence for a home run. Two batters later, J.T. Snow hit a go-ahead RBI single as San Francisco moved within three games for the first time since May 14.
“We’ve been in the same boat for a while,” Winn said. “We just have to keep winning.”
The Giants won despite Barry Bonds’ 0-for-5 night. Bonds is hitless in his last 11 at-bats, but San Francisco improved to 9-2 in his starts.
The seven-time NL MVP pulled up lame after making a running catch on Xavier Nady’s fly ball to end the second inning. He stayed in the game until he was replaced by Jason Ellison in the bottom of the ninth.
San Francisco starter Brett Tomko is seeking his first win since July 22. Tomko has pitched well of late, going 0-1 with a 2.33 ERA over his last four outings.
The 32-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 2-0 loss at Washington last Thursday. It wasn’t enough for Tomko to avoid his career-high 15th loss.
“He pitched well,” San Francisco manager Felipe Alou said. “He gave us a shot at doing something with the bat, but we didn’t do anything.”
Tomko is making his second start against San Diego this season after surrendering six runs and eight hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 7-2 loss at Petco Park on April 18. He fell to 3-6 with a 4.45 ERA against the Padres in 13 career appearances, including nine starts.
San Diego’s Adam Eaton is 7-1 with a 3.13 ERA in nine outings this season. He has reversed his dismal results from last season at Petco Park, when he was 3-9 with a 4.99 ERA in 17 starts.
The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA over his last three outings. Eaton surrendered four runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-2 loss at Colorado last Thursday.
Eaton is just 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA against San Francisco in 12 career outings. He is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season.