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Crawford, Longoria homer to carry Giants over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered off Bryan Mitchell, and left-hander Andrew Suarez pitched into the eighth inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-2 victory against the San Diego Padres on Monday night in a matchup of NL West teams playing out the season.

Suarez (7-11) snapped a two-start losing streak by holding San Diego to two runs and four hits while striking out four and walking three in 7 2/3 innings. Will Smith pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Rookie Chris Shaw had his first three-hit game for the Giants.

The Padres dropped to 60-91 to match last year’s loss total with 11 games to play. Ownership had expected the Padres to be better than the club that finished 71-91 last year, but San Diego has lost at least 91 games for the third straight season and the fourth time in eight years.

Mitchell (1-4) had pitched well in his two previous starts since his return from a lengthy stay on the disabled list, but reverted to the early season form that got him demoted to the bullpen.

After scattering three singles through the first three scoreless innings, Mitchell allowed Crawford’s homer to right-center leading off the fifth, his 13th.  Shaw doubled with one out and scored on Aramis Garcia’s two-out single.

With Gregor Blanco aboard on a leadoff single in the fifth, Longoria homered off the balcony on the third level of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner, his 16th.

Mitchell allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out four and walked none.

Austin Hedges homered leading off the second for the Padres, his 14th. He started at catcher even though rookie Francisco Mejia, one of baseball’s top catching prospects, hit a walkoff grand slam against Texas on Sunday.


Manager Bruce Bochy said LHP Madison Bumgarner could pitch the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 28 at San Francisco if the NL West race is still undecided.


Giants: LHP Derek Holland (7-8, 3.46) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series Tuesday night. He’s 1-1 with a 6.20 ERA in four career starts against San Diego, including 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in three starts against the Padres this year.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (8-8, 3.67) will start against the Giants for the second time this season. He earned his second career win in his fourth start on April 15 against the Giants.