SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and the San Francisco Giants were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego on Friday night that dropped them 3 ½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
Even so, the Giants’ magic number to clinch a wild-card spot dropped to four thanks to Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory against Milwaukee. The Dodgers won 14-5 at the Chicago Cubs.
The Giants had only three base runners in seven innings against Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (4-7). The Cuban defector walked Angel Pagan opening the game and retired the next nine batters before allowing Joe Panik’s double just inside first base leading off the fourth. Despaigne retired the next eight batters before Panik singled to left with two outs in the sixth. Despaigne struck out six and walked one.
Hudson (9-12) lost his third straight start, guaranteeing the first losing record in his 16-year big league career.