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Padres 6, Giants 4: Wil Nieves slams San Francisco

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With last night's offensive explosion came one age-old joke: "Don't use up all your runs in one game!" Well, the 2015 Padres think that joke is tired. A day after putting up 10 runs on 20 hits, they put up another 6 runs on 9 hits. What, that doesn't sound impressive enough for you? Well, five of those hits were for extra bases, and two of those were homers. And one of those homers? A two-out grand slam from Wil Nieves.

It was nice of the offense to show up again today, as Tyson Ross didn't quite have his best stuff. He still put up a quality start, holding the Giants to 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks over 6 innings. His eight strikeouts helped him hang with it long enough to hand it over to the bullpen, which combined to allow just one run on two hits.

The first few innings had fans stuck in 2014 panicking. Justin Maxwell drew a walk in the second, moved into scoring position on a ground out, and scored on Matt Duffy's line drive single to right. San Francisco scored again in the third. Nori Aoki hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on another grounder, and swiped third on a passed ball. Brandon Belt brought him home with another single, putting the Giants up 2-0.

The Padres came back with a vengeance in the fourth. Matt Kemp led off with a single, and Justin Upton followed up with a walk. One out later, Will Middlebrooks knocked out a single to load the bases, and then an Alexi Amarista strikeout brought up Wil Nieves. The last time Nieves was a Padre, he and Jake Peavy were teammates. This time around, he knocked Peavy out of the game after four innings with his first career grand slam.

The Giants got one run back in the sixth, with Maxwell drawing a walk ahead of a Gregor Blanco triple. The Padres answered that with some extra base hits of their own. Upton doubled to lead off the bottom half of the inning, and Amarista hit a two-out triple to maintain San Diego's two-run lead.

Dale Thayer took over for Ross in the seventh and had a little trouble. Aoki hit a leadoff single, but Amarista doubled him up after catching a shallow popup by Panik. Thayer was extremely grateful for that double play when Buster Posey took him deep to left center. Black then turned to new reliever Chris Rearick, who collected his first big league strikeout to end the inning. Will Venable added a little insurance in the bottom half of the seventh with a homer to right field. A pair of perfect innings from Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel wrapped up the Padres first series win of 2015.

The Diamondbacks come to town for a three game series tomorrow. Andrew Cashner gets the rock, with first pitch at 7:10 PM.

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