SAN DIEGO (AP) — Travis Wood homered and pitched into the fifth inning, Jose Pirela also went deep and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Wednesday night.
Wood hit a solo shot in the third and Pirela added one of his own in the sixth as the Padres defeated the Giants for the ninth time in 12 games.
After Pirela’s homer, reliever Kyle Crick’s wild pitch scored Wil Myers, putting the Padres up 3-0. Austin Hedges’ RBI single made it 4-0.
Wood’s pitch count reached 97 through 4 1/3 innings and he was pulled. With five Giants reaching base in the first two-plus innings, Wood was saved by two double plays but wasn’t able to extend his outing. He was charged with six hits and four walks with one strikeout.
Craig Stammen (2-2), the first of four San Diego relievers, worked 1 2/3 clean innings for the win. Brad Hand got four outs for his 14th save as the bullpen retired 14 of 16 batters.
Giants lefty Ty Blach (8-11) was decent, considering he had lost his last three starts while pitching to an 8.82 ERA. But once again San Francisco’s tepid offense was unable to reward a pitcher. Blach went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits.
The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but it came with a caveat. San Francisco entered the game hitting .130 (3 for 23) with runners in scoring position in its last five games. Stammen replaced Wood and wiggled out of the jam, fanning Hunter Pence and getting Nick Hundley to ground out.
Through five innings, the Giants had stranded eight baserunners.
Wood flexing his muscles for a 1-0 Padres lead was a familiar sight for the Giants. The pitcher smacked Blach’s 79 mph changeup into the left-field seats for his first home run since last year’s NLDS Game 2 drive against San Francisco when he was with the Chicago Cubs.
Wood’s 11th career homer was the first hit allowed by Blach, although he had walked two.
Giants: C Buster Posey (sprained left thumb) was out of the lineup for the third straight game. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he anticipates Posey starting Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Padres: INF Erick Aybar (bruised left foot) was sent out to play in the Arizona Fall League and could rejoin the club as early as Friday.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-6, 2.85 ERA) makes his 10th start since returning July 15 from a left shoulder injury as the Giants begin a four-game homestand against the Cardinals. Since coming off the disabled list, Bumgarner is 3-3 with a 2.78 ERA.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (7-5, 4.60) draws the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time on Friday to begin a four-game series. Lamet has won four of his last seven starts, pitching to a 2.63 ERA.