Monday's series opener between the Padres and Giants looked like a rematch of Opening Day as Tim Hudson and Ian Kennedy squared off for the first time since April 9. This time, however, Kennedy would come out victorious as the Padres would go on to defeat the Giants, 4-2, and improve their home record against San Francisco to 4-1 in five games. Kennedy's fifth win of the season came by way of his own quality start and a lively Padres offense that pounded out 10 hits against the Giants.
While San Francisco was the first to score on Monday night, outfielder Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Friars up 2-1. During his eight-game hitting streak, Kemp has collected eight extra-base hits -- including four home runs -- and 10 RBIs.
Kemp also enjoyed the sixth multihit game of his current hitting streak after going 2-for-3 on the day with a single after his two-run shot. Infielder Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run while Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with a double. A Melvin Upton Jr. triple led to the Friars' fourth run of the night.
The Padres' pitching staff had an excellent night after Kennedy threw six strong innings while surrendering only two earned runs on six hits and striking out six. Kennedy was relieved by Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel, who all threw scoreless innings. Kimbrel earned his 26th save of the year. Kimbrel's save is unique in that it was his fifth straight save in five straight team games, tying a Padres franchise record alongside Trevor Hoffman (1999), Mark Davis (1989) and Rollie Fingers (1977). Kimbrel's perfect frame also required only four pitches to retire the side.
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