Giants 3, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO (AP)—A week on the road has helped the San Francisco Giants open up their NL West lead a bit.
J.T. Snow hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Giants won 3-2 on Sunday to take two of three from the San Diego Padres. Damian Moss, back in the rotation after having his turn skipped, pitched well enough to remain a starter.
The Giants went 5-2 on a swing through St. Louis and San Diego.
“We’ve played pretty good ball on the road this year,” said Rich Aurilia, whose sixth-inning homer tied the game at 2. “So we might as well get right back out there.”
Actually, they do. The Giants return home for two games against St. Louis, then play at Colorado and Arizona before the All-Star break.
The Giants won three of four at St. Louis before winning the series against the Padres, who had won the final two of a three-game series at Seattle, then swept a three-game series at Los Angeles.
A week ago, the Giants led the Dodgers by three games. San Francisco went into Sunday’s game with a five-game lead over Arizona, which played a night game at Los Angeles.
“So it was a pretty productive road trip for us,” Aurilia said.
The Giants kept the last-place Padres from winning their third straight series and beat San Diego for the seventh time in nine games this year.
The Padres had just five hits off six pitchers and stranded 12.
“We had so many chances,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We let Moss off the hook. It’s tough because we had so many opportunities. We got ourselves out a few too many times.”
The Giants started their winning rally with one out when Yorvit Torrealba’s sharp grounder glanced off the glove of third baseman Sean Burroughs and rolled into left field for a single. Neifi Perez followed with a single off Luther Hackman (2-2) before Ray Durham struck out. Mike Matthews came on and allowed Snow’s grounder up the middle that scored Torrealba.
With the score tied at 2, 46-year-old Jesse Orosco got All-Star Barry Bonds, the only batter he faced, to fly out to the warning track in right-center leading off the eighth. That dropped Bonds to 4-for-28 lifetime against Orosco, with two homers.
Aurilia’s leadoff homer to left-center, his eighth, tied it at 2 in the sixth and got Moss off the hook.
The Padres went ahead 2-1 in the fifth against Moss without getting a hit.
Moss walked pitcher Brian Lawrence leading off the fifth and Mark Loretta with one out, then hit All-Star Rondell White on the left knee with a pitch. Brian Buchanan struck out, but Moss walked Burroughs on four pitches to force in a run.
That was all for Moss, who threw 100 pitches in 4 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits. He walked six and struck out four.
Moss lasted only two innings in his previous start, allowing five runs and eight hits in a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles on June 25.
“I’m encouraged by the way he threw,” manager Felipe Alou said. “He was wild at times but his fastball was better. We have our pitcher back.”
Moss said he spent the last 10 days working on his mechanics.
“Today was a step in the right direction,” he said. “I mean, it’s going to take some time. You get in those situations where you start throwing wrong, you get in bad habits. It’s tough to break out of them.”
Moss allowed four baserunners in the third but only one scored as the Padres tied it at 1. White’s two-out single scored Donaldo Mendez, who drew a leadoff walk. Buchanan hit an infield single deep to the hole at shortstop to load the bases, and Burroughs grounded out to end the threat.
The Giants scored an unearned run in the third on Marquis Grissom’s groundout.
Lawrence allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings. Hestruck out three and walked two.
It was the 12th time in 17 starts that Moss has walked three or more. … With C Benito Santiago sidelined for a few more days because of a dislocated left little finger, the Giants purchased the contract of Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Fresno. Castillo has played eight big league seasons, with the Mets, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Yankees. Santiago was hurt sliding headfirst into third base Friday night. He estimated he would be out for four-to-five days. Yorvit Torrealba started Saturday and Sunday against the Padres. … To make room for Castillo, the Giants optioned outfielder TonyTorcato back to Fresno after he spent just two days with the team.