Barry Zito had another road misadventure, forcing the San Francisco Giants to be happy with winning three of four games against the last-place San Diego Padres.
Carlos Quentin hit one of San Diego’s four home runs and drove in three runs as the Padres routed Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-1 on Sunday
The Giants scored more than four runs for just the fourth time in 22 games but still lost and fell a season-high nine games under .500. San Francisco also has the worst record in the majors (17-34) since May 13.
The Giants enter this game having batted .197 during a 2-12 stretch and fell 4-3 in 16 innings in Monday’s series opener.
Shin-Soo Choo’s two-out single in the 11th inning drove in Todd Frazier from second base, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Buster Posey homered among his three hits for the Giants, who have lost five straight and seven of their last eight.
The Giants (35-34) couldn’t hold a 3-1 lead for Barry Zito and dropped into fourth place in the NL West for the first time since April 8.
Zito threw seven shutout innings in a home win over the Padres on April 21, but was hindered by five unearned runs in an 8-7 loss in San Diego six days later.
Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 12-8 on Wednesday night.
Pablo Sandoval hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth to help Barry Zito end a six-start winless stretch, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday to avoid a season sweep.