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Crawford, Samardzija lead Giants past Padres again
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford drove in four runs and Jarrett Parker homered to lead Jeff Samardzija and the streaking San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 8-2 on Tuesday night.
Buster Posey and Denard Span each knocked in a run for the Giants, who have won four straight and 12 of 13.
John Jay homered for the Padres, who lost their third in a row and fell to 0-8 against the Giants this season. Hector Sanchez also drove in a run.
Samardzija (7-2) has won three consecutive decisions and six of seven after giving up a run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Andrew Cashner (2-4) came off the disabled list and gave the Padres a six-inning start. He allowed three runs and four hits, walked four and struck out one.
Pitching with a 3-1 lead, Samardzija got the first two outs of the seventh and then gave up a hit to Alexei Ramirez and walked pinch-hitter Christian Bethancourt. Josh Osich came on and mishandled Jay’s grounder to load the bases before getting Alexi Amarista to ground out.
Joe Panik drew a walk to open the sixth and was sacrificed to second. Posey, a .400 hitter against Cashner, delivered a sharp liner into left field for a double that snapped a 1-all tie. Posey later scored on Crawford’s single.
Crawford’s bases-loaded triple and Parker’s two-run homer in the eighth against Keith Hessler broke it open.
Padres: 1B Wil Myers was given the night off after feeling some tightness in his left forearm during Monday night’s game. Padres manager Andy Green said Myers was available for late-game situations. ... RHP Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Triple-A El Paso to make room for Cashner. ... LHP Matt Thornton pitched a scoreless inning for Class A Lake Elsinore in a rehab assignment and could join the team in Arizona.
Giants: OF Angel Pagan went on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. He reinjured it running out a grounder in the eighth inning Monday night. “I felt it just before I got to first base,” Pagan said. “It’s a setback and now I want to give it all the time it needs to recover.” ... RHP Sergio Romo allowed a home run and struck out three in a rehab outing Monday. He’s scheduled to pitch again Wednesday and Friday.
Padres: RHP James Shields (2-6, 3.07 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday. He is 2-3 with a 2.56 ERA in six games against the Giants.
Giants: RHP Jake Peavy (1-5, 8.21) toes the rubber against his former team on Wednesday. He’s coming off a start in which he lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up five runs. He is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts against the Padres.