SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bryan Mitchell struck out seven in 8 2/3 strong innings, Jose Pirela had a homer among his three hits, and the San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-0 Monday night.
The Giants lost their fifth straight game hours after the team announced the dismissal of general manager Bobby Evans. The move comes amid a Giants team freefall.
San Francisco is four years removed from winning their fourth World Series championship in five years, and in the last week of its second consecutive losing season.
The Giants are 4-17 in September, and 166-225 since taking a 53-73 record (best in the majors at the time) into the 2016 All-Star break.
Mitchell (2-4) walked just three in what was by far his best start of an uneven season that included a stint on the DL with right elbow impingement.
In his last start on Sept. 17, he gave up four runs in five innings in a 4-2 loss to the Giants.
The 27-year-old right-hander came to the Padres in an offseason trade with the New York Yankees that also brought Chase Headley.
Mitchell had never thrown a complete game in his 19 previous career starts. He’d walked 40 in 64 1/3 innings going into Monday.
Mitchell was within a pitch of what would have been his first career complete game, let alone a shutout.
But with two on and two out in the ninth, Mitchell walked Gorkys Hernandez on his 118th pitch.
Andy Green then summoned Kirby Yates, who struck Austin Slater for the final out.
Jose Pirela homered off Giants starter Derek Holland (7-9) to lead off the fourth. His fourth homer gave the Padres a 3-0 lead.
Pirela has 26 hits and 13 RBI in his career against the Giants, more than against any other team.
Franmil Reyes had two hits and two RBI, and Wil Myers had two hits and two runs scored.
Francia Mejia doubled with one out in the top of the second and scored the game’s first run on Manual Margot’s single.
Reyes singled in a run in the third and Hunter Renfroe singled in a run in a two-run sixth inning off Ty Blach.
Holland gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings.
The Padres have 19 home runs and 171 hits at AT&T Park since the start of 2017, more than any other visiting team over that stretch.
LHP Robbie Erlin (4-7, 4.33 ERA) is 1-3 with a 5.64 ERA in eight appearances (five starts) against San Francisco. RHP Chris Stratton (10-10, 4.88) is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in five games (four starts) against San Diego.