Giants blow 6-run lead before beating Padres 9-6 in 10
SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Francisco Giants blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 Saturday night and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings.
Angel Pagan scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the 10th, followed by Span’s 11th homer, off Kevin Quackenbush (7-7).
The Giants, who had given Madison Bumgarner a 6-0 lead before the left-hander allowed three home runs, pulled into a wild-card tie with the Mets, who lost 10-8 to the Philadelphia Phillies. The St. Louis Cardinals are a half game back after beating the Chicago Cubs 10-4.
Angel Pagan started the winning rally for the Giants when he singled to center .leading off the 10th. Ehire Adrianza sacrificed him before Kelby Tomlinson singled to right. Renfore booted the ball, allowing Pagan to score.
Will Smith (2-4) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Sergio Romo came on with a runner on first and no outs in the 10th. He struck out rookie Manuel Margot and allowed Alexi Amarista’s single before Wil Myers grounded into a game-ending double play for his third save.
The Giants staked Bumgarner to a 6-0 before he allowed the first Padres hit, Renfroe’s first career home run, with two outs in the fourth.
The Padres continued to claw back on Derek Norris’ two-run homer in the fifth, his 14th, and Adam Rosales’ two-run shot with two outs in the sixth, his 12th, that cut the Giants’ lead to 6-5.
San Diego tied the franchise record of 172 home runs (1972).
Hunter Strickland came on and blew the save when rookie Manuel Margot singled to center for his first big league hit and RBI.
Yangervis Solarte, who returned to the Padres a week after his wife, Yuliett, 31, died of cancer, started the seventh-inning rally with a pinch single with two outs. He pointed to the sky after rounding first. Solarte advanced on a wild pitch and was replaced by pinch-runner Travis Jankowski, who then scored the tying run on Margot’s single. Margot’s hit came two pitches after a foul ball bounced off the ground and hit him in the forehead.
Bumgarner allowed five runs and four hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. He also doubled twice and scored one run.
Padres starter Jarred Cosart left with right elbow inflammation after allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in the first inning. Joe Panik hit a two-run single and Pagan had an RBI base hit.
Jose Dominguez then gave up three runs in the fourth, on three hits and a walk. Buster Posey and Hunter Pence each drove in a run on a groundball and Eduardo Nunez hit an RBI single.
Nunez, the Giants’ third baseman, made a terrific play in the second. Catcher Buster Posey lost rookie Carlos Asuaje’s pop foul in the lights. Nunez saw his catcher in trouble and came racing in to make the catch, with his momentum carrying him into the net behind the plate.
Giants: Rookie Ty Blach (0-0, 0.00) will make his first career start on Sunday in place of Johnny Cueto, who left his start Tuesday night with a strained groin.
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (3-3, 2.98) is scheduled to make his eighth start for San Diego and 35th overall.