San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco came through
with a go-ahead two-run triple as the San Francisco Giants scored three times
in the seventh inning to record a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in a
testy finale of a three-game series at AT&T Park.
Blanco's clutch hit off Luke Gregerson enabled Madison Bumgarner (7-4) to
notch his third straight winning start after the left-hander held the Padres
to two runs and three hits while striking out eight over seven strong innings.
Both runs allowed by Bumgarner came on solo homers, including one from Jesus
Guzman that snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh.
Guzman and Bumgarner were also involved in a contentious moment earlier in the
contest, with the Giants' hurler brushing back the first baseman in apparent
retaliation for Guzman's exuberant celebration after cracking a two-run homer
in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to San Francisco. The incident
triggered both benches to clear, though no punches were thrown or ejections
Will Venable also homered for the Padres, who had a season-high seven-game win
streak halted with Tuesday's setback.
Marco Scutaro added an RBI single during San Francisco's eighth-inning rally
while finishing 2-for-4, with Hunter Pence also collecting two hits along with
a run scored.
Gregerson (4-3) was tagged for four straight hits and two runs while failing
to get an out in relief of Eric Stults, who yielded just two runs in a sharp 6
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