SAN DIEGO -- Runs have been hard to come by recently for the Padres, but somehow, the wins keep coming. With their third straight one-run win, the Padres defeated the Giants, 1-0, in front of 31,388 at PETCO Park on Monday night. "I don't think we're ever going to panic or worry, especially in close games," said Chris Young, who picked up his first win of the season after shutting out the Giants through seven innings. "The way our bullpen is, we feel like if the starters can hold our team close, our bullpen is going to hold it for us, and then we push across a few runs and find a way to win."
In short, that's exactly what happened Monday night. Except the Padres didn't push a few runs across, they only pushed one. Khalil Greene led off the seventh with a double down the left-field line, breaking up Matt Cain's no-hit bid. Greene has been hot out of the gate this season, hitting .321 after Monday's 1-for-3 effort. Of his nine hits this season, seven of them have been extra-base hits. "That's what you are attempting to do, to try and make something happen, to get on base and hopefully get something started," said Greene. Once Greene got things started, Russell Branyan worked out of an 0-2 count to draw a walk, and Jose Cruz Jr. executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over. "Perfect bunt," said Padres manager Bud Black. "That's how you draw it up." Geoff Blum's sacrifice fly to right field probably wasn't exactly the way Black would have drawn it up, but it still scored Greene from third and put the Padres at 5-2 on the season. The Padres' offense had come to a standstill before that seventh inning, courtesy of Cain's efforts. It didn't look like things would go that well for Cain at the start, walking the bases loaded with two outs in the first inning. Greene flied out to center field to get Cain and the Giants out of the jam. "It seems like he's been tough every time we've faced him. He's a good pitcher and he's got a lot of live pitches," said Greene. "Every time I've faced him, it seems like he's been consistent and pretty much done what he's wanted to do, for the most part." Young stayed right with Cain, holding the Giants scoreless through his seven innings of work, allowing just four hits. He struck out five and walked two. "Chris was outstanding. Here again two starting pitchers who were going toe-to-toe," said Black. "Chris matched him zero for zero. It was a great pitching duel." Young said that when he gets into a pitchers' duel, he tries not to caught up in what's happening, because he has to focus on his own pitching. "My job doesn't change based on what's he's doing. I have to worry about myself. I have to go out and execute pitches regardless of what the score is or what he's doing. I try not to get wrapped up in that; sometimes it's hard not to," Young said. "My job is the same regardless of the score." Young's job is the same, and so is the Padres' bullpen. Cla Meredith and Trevor Hoffman combined to throw two scoreless innings, continuing the bullpen's streak of not allowing a run this season. The streak is now at 20 2/3 innings, and Hoffman picked up his second save of the season. "They've executed their pitches and they're following the game plan and pitching to their strengths," Black said. "They are throwing the ball extremely well."
Amanda Branam is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.