Giants outslug Padres en route to sweep

Giants outslug Padres en route to sweep

SAN FRANCISCO -- The entire San Francisco offense got into the fun Wednesday afternoon, as the Giants completed their sweep of the Padres with a 13-9 victory at AT&T Park. All nine starters either scored a run or drove one in, and the Giants set a season high with the 13 runs.

Brandon Belt, Matt Duffy and Hunter Pence led the way with three hits apiece. Belt finished a homer shy of the cycle and recorded five RBIs. The offensive onslaught was enough to make a winner out of right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who allowed five runs on five hits while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings.

"That was fun to watch and fun to be a part of," Samardzija said. "It seemed like I was getting ready to hit just about every inning."

Meanwhile, Padres starter Andrew Cashner took a step back after a pair of solid performances. He was roughed up for six runs (three earned) in just 2 2/3 innings. Cashner needed 89 pitches -- only 48 of which were strikes -- to get eight outs. He walked four and allowed four hits.

"With as much as our bullpen has been worked lately, it's my job to go longer than what I did today," said Cashner, who endured his shortest start since July 2013. "It's just unacceptable. I just have to do better next time."

Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Adam Rosales homered for San Diego. Myers' long ball extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying a career high, but it wasn't enough, as the Padres dropped their fifth straight and their eighth in a row in San Francisco.

Myers' three-run smash

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Quick start: The first three Giant hitters of the game reached base and all three scored. Denard Span reached on Brett Wallace's dropped popup at third, setting the inning in motion. All three runs were unearned.

Pence's RBI triple

Cash out: After Cashner walked two of the final three hitters he would face, Padres skipper Andy Green opted to go to his bullpen early, with two outs and the bases loaded in the third. Michael Kirkman, who was called up on Tuesday, gave up a two-run single to Samardzija on his first pitch with the Padres. It gave the Giants the lead, and they cruised from there.

"He wanted to keep pitching," said Green. "I think Andrew Cashner would throw 150 pitches if you'd let him. At that point in time, it probably wasn't in his best interest to let him keep going. They were three high-stress innings on an arm. It's just too much stress; I think he understands that. I don't expect him to like it. In my opinion, it wasn't wise to go further."

Samardzija's two-run single

Seeing triple: Belt's two-run triple in the fourth was the third three-bagger of the game for the Giants and the fourth overall in the game. Three of the four triples drove in runs, while one was by a leadoff hitter. The teams combined for 10 extra-base hits.

"Someone mentioned that we didn't have a home run," Giants infielder Matt Duffy said. "That's OK. We can hit a team to death." More >

Belt's two-run triple

Kemp crushes: Kemp launched his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot into the left-field seats that temporarily put the Padres ahead in the third inning. Kemp has amassed the six long balls in 21 games this year -- after it took him 77 games to reach six dingers last year.

Kemp's two-run homer

QUOTABLE
"In all reality, we had every opportunity to win the first two games of the series, and then [we put] nine runs on the board today. Very competitive games for us, just not getting over the hump right now. It's something we've got to change. We've got to start winning baseball games. Instead of just competing, we've got to get over the hump." -- Green More >

"The wind swirls around so much, you never know. In my mind, that first one was a home run. So I did hit for the cycle."
-- Belt, on his pursuit of the feat

Belt's sacrifice fly

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Jemile Weeks, not known for his power, plated the Padres' first run by launching a Samardzija cutter off the top of the right-field wall in the third. He cruised into third for a triple, the 18th of his career. Weeks is one of six players in the past 50 years with at least 18 triples, but fewer than five home runs. He joins Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper, Frank Taveras, Gerald Young, Rodney Scott and Ben Revere on that list.

Weeks' run-scoring triple

AFTER REVIEW
After Span reached on Wallace's error, he was called out at first on a pickoff move by Cashner, which Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged. Replays showed a closer play at first, with Span's hand appearing to get back just ahead of Myers' swipe tag. Ultimately, the call on the field was overturned, and the three-run rally ensued.

Span safe at first on review

WHAT'S NEXT
Padres: Cesar Vargas was sharp enough in his big league debut to warrant another start, and he'll get the ball against the Dodgers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT. Between Double-A and the Majors, Vargas owns a 1.53 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP this season.

Giants: The Giants get a day off before heading to New York for a series against the Mets. RHP Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA) starts Friday's opener at 4:10 PT. Peavy has won three of his last four starts in New York.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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