June 6, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Gregor Blanco (center) smiles as left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) comes into the dugout after scoring on a wild pitch by San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (not pictured) during the first inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Padres: Buster Posey, Angel Pagan & Gregor Blanco Blast G-Men To 8-3 Win

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GIants Vs. Padres, Final Score: Buster Posey, Angel Pagan & Gregor Blanco Blast G-Men To 8-3 Win

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Cain pitched seven solid innings and San Francisco’s offense backed him with three home runs, as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 8-3, in the finale of a three-game series.

Cain (7-2) gave up three unearned runs on seven hits while fanning nine for the Giants, who have won nine of their past 11 games. The right-hander has won six straight starts since opening the season with one win in his first five outings.

Buster Posey, Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco each homered for San Francisco. Pagan extended his hitting streak to 15 games, while Ryan Theriot went 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.

Chase Headley knocked in two runs for the Padres, who lost the final two games of this series.

Jason Marquis (0-1), making his first start in a San Diego uniform, allowed four runs — two earned — on nine hits over six innings. Marquis, who had six strikeouts, started the season with the Minnesota Twins and made seven starts — going 2-4 with an 8.47 earned run average — before he was let go on May 28. He signed a minor-league deal with the Padres a day later and made one start at Double-A San Antonio in the Texas League before Thursday’s call-up to the majors.

San Francisco’s offense got going in the first inning. With Theriot on first and one out, Melky Cabrera hit a grounder back to Marquis. The veteran pitcher’s throwing error put men on first and second. Posey followed with an RBI single up the middle. Brandon Belt added a two-out double to right, which scored Cabrera for a 2-0 lead.

The Giants tacked on another run in the second. Blanco hit a two-out double to right and crossed the plate on Theriot’s base hit to right.

Posey’s solo homer to left in the third made it 4-0.

But San Diego managed to get three runs back in the bottom of the frame. Marquis led off with a single and Cameron Maybin followed with a deep fly ball to center. Pagan dropped the ball, though, allowing the runners to reach second and third. Yonder Alonso then hit a grounder to second baseman Theriot, who went home with the ball. A low throw allowed a run to score. Headley followed with a two-run double off the wall in right-center field. Cain retired the next two batters to keep it 4-3.

Pagan came through with a big homer in the seventh. Brad Brach gave up a leadoff single to Cabrera, who scored on Pagan’s one-out homer to right.

Blanco’s solo homer off Alex Hinshaw in the eighth made it a 7-3 game.

Belt added an RBI single off Ross Ohlendorf in the ninth to give the Giants a five-run cushion.

The Padres left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth.

Game Notes

The Giants had four errors…The Padres are just 5-15 in the past 20 meetings between the teams…Cain has won six straight starts for the first time since May 17-June 14, 2009…San Diego has dropped 10 of its past 12 games…The Padres placed pitcher Eric Stults on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room for Marquis on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred infielder Jason Bartlett to the 60-day DL.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Matt Cain Eyes Series Win In San Diego

After the roughed up bullpen held the San Diego Padres in check Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park, the San Francisco Giants are looking for another series victory in the rubber match Thursday as Matt Cain takes on Padres newcomer Jason Marquis.

Cain (6-2 2.62) in on a heater right now, riding the wave of his five game winning streak into this outing. He's allowed just two earned runs in his last two starts (14.2 IP) on 10 combined hits, fanning 11 along the way. Success has been hard to find for the big right handed in San Diego, owning a 1-3 record over his last six starts there despite a 2.84 ERA.

As for Marquis, he'll be making his first start for the Friars after being acquired by the team at the end of May to be the new fifth starter. He was last seen with the Twins on May 20, lasting just 1.2 innings after giving up eight earned runs against the Brewers.

Angel Pagan continues to go streaking, hitting safely for his 14th straight game last night. That makes it 45 of his last 47 games with at least one hit. Very impressive. Wednesday was also the Giants 11th game of their last 12 that have been decided by one run or fewer, while they extended their impressive mark against left handed starters to 13-5 this year, the best in all of baseball.

First pitch is set for 12:35 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Final Score: Gregor Blanco HR's, Giants Hang On For 6-5 Victory

The San Francisco Giants fell victim to a walk-off home run by the hands of the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, and found themselves in another back-and-forth battle with the Friars on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park. But thanks to some timely hitting and gutsy outings from a banged up bullpen the Black and Orange hung tough for the 6-5 victory.

San Francisco jumped on Clayton Richard early in the game, using a Melky Cabrera ground rule double, Buster Posey RBI single and passed ball from the Padres to take the early 3-0 lead. San Diego quickly got two runs back with a pair of extra base hits from Chase Headley and Jesus Guzman in the bottom of the frame.

Both teams remained scoreless until Gregor Blanco and Cameron Maybin exchanged a pair of solo home runs in the fifth inning. That broke a streak of 289 at bats without a homer for the Giants, with Blacno hitting the last one back at AT&T as well.

A Logan Forsythe error plated a pair of Giants in the sixth to give San Francisco a 6-3 cushion, which meant that was enough for Madison Bumgarner today. He earned his seventh win of the year after giving up four runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts on 101 pitches.

Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley each knocked in a run for San Diego to make it 6-5 heading into the final innings. Clay Hensley and Javier Lopez held serve for the Giants until the ninth, when a hobbled Sergio Romo put on a knee brace and threw a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save of the year.

The Giants complete their series in San Diego on Thursday as Matt Cain takes the bump to face newly acquired Padre Jason Marquis in his first start of the year. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Richard Duel In Game 2

The San Francisco Giants took a hard-luck loss thanks to a walk off homer on Wednesday, but turn to the big lefty Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday to get the job done against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Bumgarner is fresh off one of the best games of his career after striking out 11 Cubs while walking none for the first time ever. Petco has not been his favorite stomping ground, owning a 1-2 record there in four starts despite a tidy 2.39 ERA there.

Clayton Richard gets the ball for San Diego, who kept the D-backs in check his last time out with 6 2/3 innings of one run ball on seven hits. Luckily for him he'll be at Petco tonight where he sports a 2.12 ERA, compared to his 6.57 mark away from home.

The key for San Francisco could be stopping Carlos Quentin, whom after his two home runs on Tuesday have him hitting 12-for-23 with nine extra-base hits since being activated from the DL last week. Still, they have the luck on their side when playing these Padres as the Giants have played in 35 games decided by two runs or fewer, the most in MLB. They are 21-14 in such contests.

First pitch is set for 3:35 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM.

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Giants Vs. Padres: Tim Lincecum Talks Mindset, Concentration After Tuesday's Loss

Despite a rough two innings for Tim Lincecum Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres, the former Cy Young winner was showing signs of his former self after giving up four early runs as part of the San Francisco Giants 6-5 loss.

The Giants rallied valiantly but in the end a pair of home runs allowed by the bullpen at the cavernous Petco Park would seal San Francisco's fate, though Lincecum's anger at himself for his poor start helped him figured out his changeup and retire 12 of the next 13 Padres, though never made a single excuse.

"Well yeah, I was definitely (ticked) off because you can see signs of stuff that happened before and you're trying your hardest to keep things from unraveling," Lincecum said. "I was just trying to collect myself, give myself a moment to vent and then get back, get focused and that's what happened."

"As a starter, you've got to put your team in a position to win," Lincecum said. "I haven't been doing that up until now. That's got to be my focus point with however many months we have left. That's what everybody's goal is when they show up: Put any issue aside and win. That's what we're here for."

Perhaps Lincecum has been focusing on the numbers too much instead of the outcome, who has in line for a victory last night until Carlos Quentin took a Jeremy Affeldt scud off his shoe tops. Timmy's reached a carrer-high seven straight games without a victory, but hopefully can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Giants Vs. Padres, Final Score: Friars Walk Off HR Lifts Them To 6-5 Victory

San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Logan Forsythe, in his second game of the season, gave the Padres a 6-5 victory over the Giants when he crushed a leadoff home run in the ninth inning.

Forsythe, activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, hammered Steve Edlefsen's 1-0 sinker into the left field bleachers to lift the Padres to their third win in 14 games.

Carlos Quentin went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo shots, including one off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth to tie it.

Ryan Theriot had three hits and three RBI, but the Giants, fresh off a four- game sweep of the Cubs, lost a game started by Tim Lincecum for the seventh straight time.

"As a starter your job is to put your team in a position to win. Obviously, I haven't been doing that up until now and I'm definitely going to be making that my focal point for the next however many months we have left," said Lincecum.

Lincecum was in line for the victory after Theriot drove in Brandon Crawford with an opposite-field single in the seventh inning.

The Giants had a chance to tack on in the eighth, but Forsythe threw out Angel Pagan trying to go from first to third on Joaquin Arias's base hit in the hole.

Quentin, also recently off the DL, knotted things at 5-5 by golfing his fifth home run to straightaway center.

Huston Street (1-0) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth by getting Buster Posey to ground into a fielder's choice, and Forsythe got the better of Edlefsen (0-1) in the bottom half.

The Giants had been 26-0 when leading after seven innings.

The Padres scored four runs off Lincecum in the fourth, which began with Quentin skying one into the second deck in left field.

"That ball was crushed," Padres manager Bud Black said of Quentin's home run. "That's what we envisioned. We figured he would be a force in the lineup."

Chase Headley doubled and later scored on Everth Cabrera's base hit, while Cameron Maybin doubled into the left-field corner to bring in a pair.

Theriot started San Francisco's comeback in the third with an RBI single, then doubled home Gregor Blanco to jump-start a three-run sixth. Posey and Brandon Belt each knocked in runs with sacrifice flies.

Game Notes

Street was also activated off the DL on Tuesday...Quentin has 15 career multi- home run games...Theriot had four RBI in 29 games coming in...Lincecum struck out eight over six innings and was charged with four runs on five hits and eight walks...San Diego starter Anthony Bass yielded four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 frames...Pagan went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games...Blanco had three of the Giants' 13 hits.

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MLB All-Star Voting 2012: Melky Cabrera, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval Amongst Top Vote Getters

Though the San Francisco Giants are mostly known for having All-Star caliber pitching, they currently have three position players towards thetop of their respective cateogories in the latest update of All-Star voting,

Melky Cabrera has certainly been getting noticed in and around the Bay for his tremendous efforts, though others around the league may not be giving him his due as his currently is fifth in the NL voting for outfielders with 714,642 votes. Matt Kemp, Carlos Beltran, Ryan Braun and Andre Either are those sitting ahead of him.

Giancarlo Stanton, who won the NL player of the month in May despite Melky's mind-numbing tear he went on, isn't in the top five.

Buster Posey is making a strong push for his first All-Star game, currently sitting in second place amongst NL catchers behindYadier Molina. It's a close on though, with Buster's 1,072,464 votes to Molina's 1,100,048 votes.

Last but not least is Pablo Sandoval, who despite another early season DL stint is fourth amongst NL third basemen with 648,303 votes. and he's dealing with some off-field issue and an uncertain return from the disabled list. David Wright, David Freese and Chipper Jones are sitting ahead of him, and without Bruce Bochy as the skipper for the NL this year Pablo's chances are certainly the slimmest.

Make sure to keep voting for your San Francisco Giants to see them in Kansas City for this year's All-Star game!

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Giants Vs. Padres: Tim Lincecum Looking For Answers At Petco Park

The San Francisco Giants have been firing on all cylinders as of late, though one man who still is searching for his mid-season form in righty Tim Lincecum. Despite pitching decently his results have been far from what he would like, but could gain some confidence against a San Diego Padres squad hurting in more ways that one at the moment.

Lincecum showed signs of getting out of his funk in his last start, allowing just two runs in seven innings of work, though he still could not avoid the one terrible inning that sinks him and took his sixth loss of the year. Nevertheless he loves to face San Diego where he is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in his last five starts at Petco.

Timmy will be up against Anthony Bass, who looked good against the Giants back in April though still took the loss. He retired the first 17 hitters he faced before allowing two runs over eight innings.

Worth noting: Giants pitchers have gone seven consecutive starts of at least seven innings while allowing two runs or fewer. That's the second time since 1958 that they've done that (previously: July 1-10, 1988, nine straight games). Yeah, that's good.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on CSN Bay Area and KNBR 680 AM in the Bay Area, while Fox Sports San Diego and XPRS 1090 AM will have the call in SD.

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