Padres 9, Giants 1
Klesko had a two-run double and Sean Burroughs added a two-run single in a five-run sixth inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants for the seventh time in eighth games, 9-4 Wednesday night.
Terrence Long went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, and scored three runs to improve to 12-for-23 (.523) against the Giants this season. Khalil Greene had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice, and Ramon Hernandez hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who lost 6-4 to the Giants on Tuesday.
“Guys were hitting the ball well. Everyone felt they had good plate appearances. That’s what we need. We’re in a pennant race,” Klesko said. “We can’t afford to lose any games right now. It doesn’t matter who we play, but this is extra special against the Giants because they are right there.”
San Diego improved to 9-3 against its division rival and moved a game ahead of the Giants for second place in the NL West, 2 1/2 games behind Los Angeles.
“When they got those five runs, that kind of took the air from us,” Giants manager Felipe Alou said. “But we have another big game coming up (the finale of the four-game series Thursday).”
Klesko was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing with third base umpire Larry Young, who ruled his drive down the line was foul. After Klesko made out, he argued with Young.
“The guy missed the call, but it was no big deal” Klesko said. “It was not just one play. It’s been going back for a couple of years. Larry and I have never really seen eye-to-eye.”
Brian Lawrence (11-7) allowed a run and two hits in six innings before he was pulled for a pinch hitter. He won for the first time since July 5 after going 0-2 in three starts.
“I honestly didn’t feel 100 percent,” Lawrence said. “But it’s one of those night that you say, “You don’t feel great but you can get outs, as opposed to feeling great but not getting outs.”
Klesko then doubled in two more and scored on a double by Phil Nevin to make it 8-1.
Giants starter Dustin Hermanson (4-4) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He dropped to 0-2 in three starts, giving up 13 earned runs allowed in 15 innings against the Padres this season.
“I’m not really disappointed in the game, but the sixth inning pretty much,” Hermanson said. “I let the leadoff guy on and gave up two walks—and they all ended up scoring.”
In the sixth, Greene made a diving stop on a one-hop grounder to start an inning-ending double play with Barry Bonds on deck.
“We’ve seen that so many times,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “He not only takes away a hit, but he also turns it into a double play.”
Hernandez staked the Padres to a 2-0 lead in the second when he hit his eighth homer of the season. He connected on a 3-2 pitch after Greene hit a one-out single.
Greene added an RBI single in the fourth, driving in Long, who led off with a double.
The Giants closed to 3-1 in the fifth, when A.J. Pierzynski doubled with one out for the first hit off Lawrence and scored on a two-out single by Perez.
Pierzynski hit a three-run homer off Jay Witasick in the ninth to make it 9-4.
Franklin had lower back spasms. His status is day to day. Klesko had his first three-base hit since 2002, when he had one on the season. … Hernandez has eight homers, one more than Padres catchers had last season. He was acquired from Oakland during the offseason to become the starting catcher. … Hermanson fell to 3-2 on the road this season. … Bonds lined out in the fourth to third baseman Burroughs, who was playing in the shortstop hole because of a defensive shift.