Page last updated on Tue Sep 27 03:08:16 EDT 2016
04/28/2013 9:07 PM EDT
Hundley, Headley, Amarista homer as Pads sweep SF

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
explain it."

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
Yuniesky Betancourt.

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
the first.

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).

RK Team
St Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
Boston Red Sox
ATP - Chengdu, ChinaSTEPANEK, R vs. LU, Y-H10:00 PM PST
WTA - Tashkent, UzbekistanBUYUKAKCAY, C vs. SHAPATAVA, S10:00 PM PST
WTA - Wuhan, ChinaSVITOLINA, E vs. KVITOVA, P10:30 PM PST
ATP - Shenzhen, ChinaHARRISON, R vs. GARCIA-LOPEZ, G11:00 PM PST
WTA - Tashkent, UzbekistanSCHIAVONE, F vs. CIRSTEA, S11:00 PM PST
WTA - Wuhan, ChinaKERBER, A vs. MLADENOVIC, K11:00 PM PST
ATP - Chengdu, ChinaSOUSA, J (POR) vs. KHACHANOV, K11:20 PM PST
WTA - Wuhan, ChinaGARCIA, C vs. KEYS, M11:45 PM PST
MLBChicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates4:05 PM PST
MLBArizona Diamondbacks vs Washington Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBBoston Red Sox vs New York Yankees4:05 PM PST
MLBBaltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBCleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers4:10 PM PST
MLBPhiladelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves4:10 PM PST
MLBNew York Mets vs Miami Marlins4:10 PM PST
MLBMinnesota Twins vs Kansas City Royals4:15 PM PST
MLBMilwaukee Brewers vs Texas Rangers5:05 PM PST
MLBTampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox5:10 PM PST
MLBSeattle Mariners vs Houston Astros5:10 PM PST
MLBCincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals5:15 PM PST
MLBOakland Athletics vs Los Angeles Angels7:05 PM PST
MLBLos Angeles Dodgers vs San Diego Padres7:10 PM PST
MLBColorado Rockies vs San Francisco Giants7:15 PM PST
College FootballConnecticut vs Houston5:00 PM PST
NFLMiami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals5:25 PM PST
College FootballKansas vs Texas Tech5:30 PM PST
College FootballStanford vs Washington6:00 PM PST
College FootballToledo vs BYU7:15 PM PST
NFLIndianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars06:30 AM PST
NFLBuffalo Bills vs New England Patriots10:00 AM PST
NFLCleveland Browns vs Washington Redskins10:00 AM PST
NFLDetroit Lions vs Chicago Bears10:00 AM PST
NFLTennessee Titans vs Houston Texans10:00 AM PST
NFLCarolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons10:00 AM PST
NFLOakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens10:00 AM PST
NFLSeattle Seahawks vs New York Jets10:00 AM PST
NFLDenver Broncos vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:05 PM PST
NFLNew Orleans Saints vs San Diego Chargers1:25 PM PST
NFLDallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers1:25 PM PST
NFLLos Angeles Rams vs Arizona Cardinals1:25 PM PST
NFLKansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers5:30 PM PST
NFLNew York Giants vs Minnesota Vikings5:30 PM PST