Padres break through for victory over Giants

Padres break through for victory over Giants

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner outpitched Madison Bumgarner on Friday night, helping the Padres beat the Giants for the first time this season, 4-1. The win snapped a nine-game Giants winning streak over the Padres, which was their longest vs. San Diego in team history.

"They owned us in the first half, there's no doubt about that," said Padres manager Andy Green. "They beat us handily, consistently. It's a lot better being on this side of things."

Cashner struck out nine San Francisco batters through six innings and allowed just four hits to cement the best start of an otherwise disappointing season. During his previous outing vs. the Dodgers on July 8, Cashner had the worst outing of his career, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. The nine strikeouts were the most Cashner has had since he fanned 12 Mets hitters on June 1, 2015.

Cashner's dominant start

"That was vintage Cashner," Green said. "It was a top-of-the-rotation type start today."

Bumgarner matched Cashner with nine strikeouts over his six innings, but surrendered seven hits for just the fourth time this season, including a pair of home runs to Wil Myers and Adam Rosales. The four runs he allowed pushed his ERA from 1.94 to 2.12, still good for second-best in baseball after Clayton Kershaw.

"He just wasn't quite as sharp," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We've gotten pretty spoiled with him. Six innings, four runs, that's an off-night for him, obviously. Still, he keeps you in the game. We couldn't get anything going offensively."

Bumgarner's nine strikeouts

0-2? No problem: Derek Norris reached base to lead off the bottom of the third and eventually scored to give the Padres a 2-1 lead, after getting behind 0-2 to Bumgarner. Only four batters had managed a hit this season after falling behind 0-2 to Bumgarner. Norris fouled off a pitch and took three balls before singling on an 88 mph slider to make it five.

"I love at-bats where you get down 0-2 and battle back to get back into a hitter's count, whether you get a hit or not," said Myers. "But for him to get us going right there I think was huge. I think that might have been really the turning point of the game."

Frustration mounts: First baseman Brandon Belt received his first career ejection after he pounded his bat against the ground and bellowed at plate umpire Mike Estabrook, who called him out on strikes in the ninth inning. It was Belt's fourth strikeout in four plate appearances. Bochy also was tossed -- his 70th career ejection -- after leaving the dugout to defend Belt.

Belt, Bochy ejected from game

"There were some guys who were frustrated tonight," Bochy said. "That's not why we lost. Belt had a legitimate argument about some pitches."

No break for Wil: Myers picked up right where he left off before the All-Star break, homering in the fourth to grab his 20th dinger of the season. Myers has been one of the best players in baseball over the last month and a half, hitting .326 (46-for-141) since the start of June, with 13 home runs.

"Everybody always kind of wonders how the first game is going to go after the half," Myers said. "You know, if you're going to be a little late on some stuff. But it was great for me to get back out there and do the same thing and stay on that approach. I haven't lost that approach, which is good."

Myers' solo homer

Still effective: Despite performing at less than his best, Bumgarner extended his streak of starts in which he lasted at least six innings to 17. The last Giant to build a streak that long was right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who maintained his run of durability for 22 starts in a row from 2011-12.

"He could have gone back out there [for the seventh inning], but that was enough," Bochy said.

The Giants' dominance of the Padres wasn't as one-sided as the wins and losses indicated. Five of their previous games were decided by one run. And if any Padres pitcher had a chance to beat San Francisco, it was Cashner, who's 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA lifetime against the Giants at Petco Park.

Green on 4-1 win over Giants

Giants: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will make his debut as the No. 2 starter in the rotation when he confronts San Diego in a 5:40 p.m. PT encounter Saturday. Samardzija is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA and a .177 opponents' batting average in three career starts at Petco Park.

Padres: Luis Perdomo gets the ball for the Padres on Saturday at 5:40 p.m. PT. The 23-year-old Rule 5 pick posted a 3.00 ERA in his previous two starts against the D-backs and the Dodgers.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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