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Padres Hand Cain First Loss Since May

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Chad Qualls #50 of the San Diego Padres reacts after tagging out Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants after trying to score on a fielders choice in the seventh inning as umpire Eric Cooper #56 looks on at AT&T Park on July 5, 2011 in San Francisco. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Chad Qualls #50 of the San Diego Padres reacts after tagging out Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants after trying to score on a fielders choice in the seventh inning as umpire Eric Cooper #56 looks on at AT&T Park on July 5, 2011 in San Francisco. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cameron Maybin had three hits and three RBIs, Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Maybin’s triple highlighted a three-run sixth inning off Matt Cain that propelled the Padres past the NL West-leading Giants for the second straight day. San Diego has won seven of its last nine games and handed Cain (7-5) his first loss in more than a month.

Tim Stauffer (5-5) allowed three runs in six innings for his third straight victory. He allowed three hits and walked one.

Heath Bell allowed the potential tying runs to move into scoring position in the ninth before rallying to get his 26th save.

The Padres used a formula for the second straight day that the defending World Series champions have replicated so many times: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a bullpen with a flair for the dramatic that doesn’t budge.

Miguel Tejada and pinch-hitter Pat Burrell started the ninth with singles. Chris Stewart’s sacrifice bunt moved them to third and second.

Then San Diego’s All-Star closer struck out Andres Torres and got Brandon Crawford to fly out to right field. The Padres improved to 33-0 this season when leading after eight innings.

San Diego again quieted a fast San Francisco start with its own dose of powerful pitching.

Torres scored from first on a hard-hit single by Crawford that second baseman Orlando Hudson couldn’t corral in the first inning, backpedaling into right field and losing the ball trying to toss it back to the infield. Aaron Rowand’s two-out single later in the inning gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead.

The Padres answered back in the second when Ryan Ludwick singled and Hudson followed with a double. Ludwick scored on a groundout by Rizzo and Hudson scored on a fielding error by Crawford at short, tying the score 2-all.

Cain helped his own cause with a single up the middle in the fourth that drove in Tejada to put San Francisco ahead 3-2. Tejada was hit by a pitch and would’ve easily been caught stealing if not for shortstop Jason Bartlett mishandling the throw, allowing Tejada to move to third and Cain a chance for his third RBI of the season.

Cain, who hadn’t lost since May 29 at Milwaukee, seemed to be in complete control. After a two-out walk to Hudson in the sixth, he started to unravel.

Maybin smacked a ball into the left-center field gap for a two-run triple, and Rizzo followed with an RBI single to give San Diego a 5-3 lead. Backed by a strong bullpen, that was more than enough for the Padres.

About the only hiccup before the ninth came when Torres drew a 16-pitch walk off Chad Qualls in the seventh. He stole second uncontested, move to third on a groundout and was tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch.

NOTES: Tejada was at second base for the first time in his 15-year major league career, moving over from short to start in place of the injured Emmanuel Burriss (sore right knee). Burriss grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. … A fan sitting near the Padres dugout was hit by a wayward bat from Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval in the first inning. She didn’t appear seriously injured. …. … Another fan interrupted the game for about 2 minutes in the eighth inning, running onto the field and taking his shirt off. The man gave himself up without incident. … Sandoval extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 straight games with a single in the third.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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