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Giants 9, Padres 3: Homers end winning streak

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Yikes. All winning streaks have to end eventually, but did it have to end so horribly? It's hard to say what was worse: The three homers that put the Giants up 9-0, or Chris Heston's 5.1 innings of no-hit baseball. (It was probably the home runs.)

Odrisamer Despaigne just didn't have it tonight. Hunter Pence was the first to strike, when he led off the second inning by driving the ball well into the bullpen. Brandon Belt followed up with a single to center, and sprinted to third on Brandon Crawford's single to right. It could have been even worse had Gregor Blanco not grounded into a double play, but that still plated Belt to put the Giants up 2-0.

Despaigne got stung again in the fourth. Matt Duffy led off with a double down the third base line, and then Belt drew a one-out walk to bring Crawford back to the plate. Despaigne got ahead in the count 0-2, but Crawford took a 70 mph eephus and launched it into the Jack Deck.

O-Des got yanked when Pence led off the sixth with an infield single off the glove of Jedd Gyorko. Dale Thayer started his night well by striking out Belt, but things rapidly got worse from there. Crawford singled to right, sending Pence to third, and then Crawford went to second on a wild pitch. With Hector Sanchez on deck, Thayer intentionally walked Blanco to load the bases and set up a double play. Sanchez hit a grand slam. Oops.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the Friars finally got a hit when Melvin Upton, Jr. hit a broken bat bloop for a single. Perhaps the most interesting part was that the barrel of Melvin's bat ended up stuck in the backstop screen about 8 feet off the ground. A member of the grounds crew climbed the netting to pull it out.

Things got a little interesting in the ninth inning. In the top half of the inning, Shawn Kelley had some words for Sanchez after he got him to ground out. Kelley apparently didn't appreciate the way Sanchez flipped his bat after the grand slam. That caused both benches to clear and sort of angrily mill about for a few minutes.

That really shook up the Giants, who gave up 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning. Clint Barmes reached base when Duffy booted the ball at third. Yangervis Solarte and Alexi Amarista followed up with back to back singles to load the bases. Pinch hitter Austin Hedges got the good guys on the board with a sacrifice fly, and then Brett Wallace hit a two-out bases clearing double to pull the Padres within, uh, six. Spoiler alert: They didn't make a comeback.

James Shields will start tomorrow's rubber match at 12:40 PM. If you show up to Petco Park for the game, you'll get a pair of Knockaround sunglasses and a dose of Bobby Cressey's sweet tunes!

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