SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants were rewarded for an all-around effort Friday night by gaining ground in the National League West race for the first time since Aug. 21, as they thrashed the San Diego Padres, 9-1 at AT&T Park.
Every Giant hit safely, led by Marlon Byrd's three singles. Kelby Tomlinson scored a career-high three runs. Center fielder Angel Pagan contributed a remarkable seventh-inning catch. It added up to ample support for Giants starter Jake Peavy (6-6), who won his third decision in a row and fourth in his last five.
With the win and the Dodgers' 12-4 loss to the D-backs, the Giants cut their division deficit to 7 1/2 games.
Said Peavy, who retired 17 consecutive batters after Justin Upton clobbered a second-inning home run, "It was just another game we had to have. … Nobody in this locker room thought about giving up. We're ready to play this thing out."
Padres starter Andrew Cashner (5-15) dropped his third consecutive decision and fifth in his last six while yielding five runs and nine hits -- all singles -- while walking five in 4 2/3 innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED If at first you succeed: Peavy threw just six pitches in the first inning, putting him on pace to last longer than he usually does. Typically, Peavy is good for about twice through the batting order, meaning he typically doesn't last more than six innings. This time, he worked seven.
"I'm the same guy I was down the stretch for this team last year," said Peavy, who won six of his last seven regular-season decisions for San Francisco in 2014.
More than just a bat: Sure, Upton gets paid (and handsomely) to knock in runs, but he is certainly not a one-dimensional player. That was evident Friday in the second inning when he threw out Ehire Adrianza trying to score on Pagan's single to left field with two outs in the inning, keeping the game tied. For Upton, it was his ninth assist of 2015 -- a career high. More >
Robbed by an Angel: Pagan turned in his finest play of the season in the seventh inning, as the Giants center fielder timed his leap perfectly to reach above the wall and deny Matt Kemp a home run. More >
From the bottom up: Contributions from the lower rungs of the batting order bolstered the Giants' offense. No. 8 hitter Adrianza, replacing injured Brandon Crawford at shortstop, stroked two hits, including a fifth-inning RBI single that snapped an 0-for-18 skid. "He's a better hitter than what's been going on," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's been fighting it."
Pinch-hitter Jarrett Parker, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier Friday but hadn't played since the River Cats ended their season on Labor Day, belted a run-scoring, ground-rule double while pinch-hitting for Peavy in the seventh.
"I was told to stay ready, so I wasn't really surprised," said Parker, who was staying limber at his home in northern Virginia when the Giants summoned him.
"Cash was lights out in terms of the way the ball was coming out, 98 miles an hour. He had two quick outs a few times and nobody in scoring position, and then walked a guy. Credit the Giants for keeping the ball out of the air and then hitting the ball through the right side or hitting the ball through the left side. It was pretty impressive," -- Padres interim manager Pat Murphy on Cashner.
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This was the first time in three attempts that Peavy defeated the Padres, the organization that drafted him in 1999. He got a no-decision last September at AT&T Park and then took the loss in a game in San Diego in April. Peavy was 92-68 in parts of eight seasons with the Padres (2002-09).
WHAT'S NEXT Padres:Ian Kennedy (8-13, 3.99) gets the start on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series. He's actually pitched better away from spacious Petco Park (3.48 ERA in 12 starts) than he has at home this season (4.48 in 14 starts).
Giants:Madison Bumgarner will resume his bid for 20 victories as he faces San Diego in Saturday's 6:05 p.m. encounter. Including this game, Bumgarner could have as many as five more starts to record the three victories he needs to get to reach the milestone.