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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants got hits on four consecutive pitches in a three-run seventh inning in a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon.

As if that wasn't enough, the game also featured a benches-clearing incident and another home run by the target of the purpose pitch, Jesus Guzman.

In winning the three-game series after suffering a 13-inning loss Monday in the opener, the Giants scorched the Padres' usually reliable bullpen for the second consecutive day to overcome a late deficit and thrill the club's 200th consecutive home sellout.

After Guzman's second home run in two days had put the Padres ahead 2-1 in the top of the seventh, San Diego manager Bud Black chose to pull starter Eric Stults after he'd surrendered a one-out single to Tony Abreu and a first-pitch ball to pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez in the bottom the inning.

Reliever Luke Gregerson (4-3) added a ball and a strike to Sanchez's count with his first two offerings, then on consecutive pitches got tagged for a single to right by Sanchez, a two-run triple to center by pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco, an RBI single to center by Marco Scutaro and a single to right by Buster Posey.

Brandon Crawford, pinch-running after spraining two fingers on his right (throwing) hand on a steal attempt Tuesday night, scored one of the three runs. Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced before the game his star shortstop will be limited to pinch-running and bunting duties through at least Friday.

Gregerson left after throwing only six pitches, trailing 4-2. Tyson Ross recorded consecutive strikeouts to avoid further damage.

Ross went on to strike out all five batters he faced in the game.

Giants relievers Jake Dunning and Sergio Romo successfully protected the lead from there and the win for starter Madison Bumgarner (7-4), who overcame two solo home runs to hold the Padres otherwise scoreless over seven innings. The left-hander gave up a total of just three hits, striking out eight and walking four.

Romo pitched a scoreless ninth inning -- striking out Guzman to a loud ovation -- for his 18th save.

Stults, who was coming off a complete-game, two-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks, had limited the Giants to one run on six hits before Abreu's single in the seventh. The left-hander struck out three, walked two and was charged with two runs.

Guzman's home run, a first-pitch blast well into the left-field bleachers, came at nearly an identical time and situation as Tuesday night, when his two-run, pinch-hit shot in the eighth inning reversed a one-run Giants lead and put the Padres on top 4-3.

Wednesday's follow-up act also produced a one-run lead, this time 2-1, in the top of the seventh. He celebrated the encore shot far less than the night before -- this time merely raising a clenched fist in the air before emphatically slapping the hand of first-base coach Dave Roberts -- no doubt as a result of a message received five innings earlier.

Bumgarner made it clear in the second inning that Guzman's sundial-timed journey around the bases following Tuesday's homer -- which began with a stroll one-third of the way to first base and a two-fists-down shout-out to the San Diego dugout -- was deemed excessive celebration by the Giants. The left-hander's first pitch to Guzman was belt-high and behind his back, prompting the first baseman to glare at Bumgarner and take a few non-threatening steps toward the mound.

The traditional baseball-style, no-contact players meeting in the middle of the diamond ensued, after which both managers were warned that no further shenanigans would be tolerated. There were no subsequent incidents in the game.

But there were Padres home runs -- a third-inning solo shot by Will Venable, his 10th, and Guzman's bomb in the seventh, his third -- the team's fourth and fifth of the series and major-league-leading 23rd and 24th in the last 15 games.

The Giants, homerless in the series, out-hit the Padres 11-4.

NOTES: The Padres began the day by putting shortstop Everth Cabrera on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. The move was made retroactive to Monday. Outfielder Jaff Decker was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to fill the spot on the active roster. ... Before the game, the Giants announced injury-rehab assignments for Angel Pagan (hamstring) and Pablo Sandoval (foot), both of whom will be sent to Single-A San Jose. Pagan will play games Thursday and Friday in Stockton, with hopes of rejoining the parent club this weekend. Sandoval will head to San Jose for games Saturday and Sunday. He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Monday, when the Giants open a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Giants starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong had five pins removed from his fractured right hand and pinkie Tuesday. He remains on schedule to return to action in late July or early August. ... The Padres play their next seven games at home, where they've won six in a row. Jason Marquis, pursuing a team-record seventh consecutive home win, opens a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. The Philadelphia Phillies follow the Dodgers into San Diego for three. ... The Giants wrap up a seven-game homestand with a four-game series against the Miami Marlins that begins Thursday night with Chad Gaudin, undefeated in three starts, on the mound.
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