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Hundley, Headley, Amarista homer as Pads sweep SF
SAN DIEGO 6, SAN FRANCISCO 4
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres are having a mercurial
Swept by the Giants in San Francisco last weekend, the Padres
returned the favor by taking three games from the defending
World Series champions at Petco Park.
Chase Headley, Nick Hundley and Alexi Amarista homered off Ryan
Vogelsong to lead the Padres to a 6-4 victory Sunday. It was San
Diego's first three-game sweep of the Giants since May 2010.
It was the fifth sweep the Padres have been involved in this
season. After losing three games at home to Colorado two
weekends ago, the Padres turned around and beat the Dodgers in
three straight at Los Angeles.
"Can't explain it. Wish I could," manager Bud Black said.
"Baseball's a game a lot of times that's unpredictable. You
never know how a month's going to play out, or let alone a week.
It's good to see we were able to come out today and get
Vogelsong and Jason (Marquis) did his thing. Wish I could
The Padres remain in last place in the NL West but feel they're
playing better. They hit better in this series than they did in
San Francisco and got some nice defense.
"We're definitely playing a lot better baseball right now," said
right fielder Chris Denorfia, who saved two runs with an
impressive diving catch of Andres Torres' fly ball with runners
on second and third and two outs in the eighth. "Our pitching's
been outstanding the last week, maybe more. Our hitting's coming
around. We've got Chase and Carlos (Quentin) back in the lineup
so we're starting to be the team we knew we could be coming out
of spring training."
Headley had three hits and Amarista scored three runs for the
Padres, who've won four straight.
"It's great to see some guys hit some home runs today," Headley
The difference between the two series with the Giants was "not
all that much, to be honest," Headley said. "We executed the
little things, we're making plays defensively and got a couple
of big hits. Our pitching did a nice job for us. Not a huge
difference but enough to swing the series."
Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single among his career high-tying
four hits for the Giants, who lost their season-high fifth
straight game. They've lost eight of 12 following a 9-4 start.
"We haven't been playing so well," manager Bruce Bochy said.
"We've been making mistakes that have hurt us in this little
streak we are in. Guys could use a little break, too. It's a
tough series. You're going to have them, as much as you don't
like them. We're going to deal with it."
Buster Posey extended his hitting streak to nine games with a
two-run homer to pull the Giants to 6-4 in the eighth. Sandoval
was aboard after his third single.
San Diego's Jason Marquis (2-2) bounced back from a 7-1 loss to
Milwaukee on Monday night in which he allowed a season-high
seven runs, including first-inning homers to Ryan Braun and
Marquis pitched out of trouble after loading the bases in both
the second and third innings. He allowed two runs and six hits
in 6 2-3 innings, walked four and struck out three.
Headley and Hundley each hit their second homer of the year
while Amarista had his first. The Padres are the only team in
the majors that doesn't have a player with at least three
Headley homered to straightaway center field with two outs in
After Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to tie it in the
second, Hundley hit a two-run shot into the balcony on the
second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in
the left-field corner with two outs in the bottom of the inning
to give San Diego a 3-1 lead. Amarista was aboard on a single.
With rookie Jedd Gyorko aboard on a leadoff double, Amarista hit
a two-run homer in the fourth that landed on top of the new
right field fence and bounced over the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Deck and into the seats. It was the first time the Padres
benefited from the new fence, which was moved in 11 feet in an
attempt to make the spacious downtown ballyard play fairer.
Opponents have hit four homers that wouldn't have gone out last
year, including Posey's shot in the eighth that ticked off the
glove of leaping right fielder Chris Denorfia. It was Posey's
Amarista walked leading off the sixth. Hundley singled to chase
Vogelsong and the runners advanced on Marquis' sac bunt.
Amarista scored on Posey's passed ball to make it 6-2.
The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the second before
Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly. Marquis struck out
Vogelsong to get out of the jam.
San Francisco loaded the bases again with one out in the third
before Marquis got Hunter Pence to hit into a double play.
Vogelsong (1-2) went five-plus, allowing six runs, five earned,
and eight hits, struck out six and walked three.
"It's a battle from the start for Vogy," Bochy said. "He didn't
have good stuff or command. It was just a case where he was
battling without his good stuff. He made some mistakes. The ball
was up quite a bit and they didn't miss `em. This usually is a
ballpark that is a little bit forgiving. But the ball was
carrying pretty good today. He got the ball up and they took
advantage of it."
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his fifth save in five
NOTES: San Diego swept the Giants for the first time since May
11-13, 2010, at San Francisco. Their last home sweep of the
Giants was April 19-21, 2010. The Padres led the NL West for
much of that season before staggering down the stretch and being
eliminated from playoff contention on the last day by the
Giants, who went on to win the World Series. ... Posey has nine
RBIs and six extra-base hits during his hitting streak. ... The
Padres travel to Chicago to open a four-game series against the
Cubs on Monday. LHP Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.94) is scheduled to
start against Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.03). ... The Giants open a
series at Arizona on Monday night, with RHP Matt Cain (0-2,
6.59) scheduled to start against Ian Kennedy (1-2, 4.70).
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