SAN DIEGO (AP) — Now that the San Francisco Giants have weathered the early storm surrounding suspended outfielder Melky Cabrera, it’s time for their NL West showdown.
Clayton Richard pitched eight sparkling innings, Cameron Maybin drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
The Giants dropped out of first in the NL West and trail the Dodgers by a half-game heading into their big three-game series in Los Angeles. Madison Bumgarner is scheduled to face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the opener on Monday night.
Despite failing to complete the three-game sweep of the Padres, San Francisco can turn its attention to the Dodgers.
“Two good teams and both clubs know what’s at stake,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “They had their way with us last series. We’re going to have to play better.”
San Francisco scored 22 times and totaled 37 hits in its first three games since outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended on Wednesday for 50 games following a positive test for testosterone.
But Richard (10-12) held the Giants in check on Sunday. He allowed an unearned run and five hits while improving to 3-1 with a 2.02 ERA in his last five starts.
The left-hander was 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA in his three previous starts against San Francisco this season.
Maybin tied his career high with four hits, including a two-run single in the first inning when the Padres scored three times against Ryan Vogelsong (10-7). Everth Cabrera and Will Venable had three hits apiece and San Diego finished with 16 overall, while avoiding matching its longest losing streak of the season.
The Padres improved to 4-8 against San Francisco this season and 10-20 over the last two years.
Vogelsong had his second straight sub-par outing. He gave up eight runs and nine hits in 2 2-3 innings in a 14-2 loss to Washington on Monday.
The right-hander lasted three-plus innings against San Diego and was charged with three runs and eight hits. Over his last two outings, his ERA has increased from an NL-best 2.27 to 2.85.
Vogelsong threw 35 pitches in the first inning and another 31 in the second when the Padres loaded the bases.
“My stuff was OK,” he said. “I broke two bats in the first inning, all singles. It’s part of the game. It happens.”
Will Venable hit a one-out single in the first, stole second and scored on Carlos Quentin’s base hit. After Yonder Alonso singled and Alexi Amarista walked, Maybin drove in two more runs with a single.
The Giants countered with a run in the second after Buster Posey reached on Venable’s two-base error when he dropped a routine fly ball to right. Posey went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hunter Pence’s sacrifice fly.
The Padres added three more in the fifth. Amarista hit a leadoff triple and scored on Maybin’s single. Cabrera added a two-run double.
NOTES: Vogelsong’s last two starts are his only outings this season that he did not pitch at least six innings. ... The Giants are 7-0-3 in their last 10 series against San Diego.