SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez homered off Matt Cain, Clayton Richard and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and the San Diego Padres stayed atop the NL West by beating the San Francisco Giants for the seventh straight time this season, 3-1 on Monday night in a matchup of the division's top two teams.
The Padres bounced back from being swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants came in trailing San Diego by a half-game after they swept the Houston Astros.
Richard (3-2) beat Cain (2-3) for the second time in a span of six games by holding the Giants to one run and three hits in seven innings. The left-hander also beat Cain 5-2 at San Francisco on Wednesday in the middle game of a three-game sweep. The Padres also swept the Giants in San Diego a month ago. Richard and Cain faced each other in that series, too, but neither got a decision.
Mike Adams threw a scoreless eighth, issuing consecutive two-out walks to Andres Torres and Pablo Sandoval before getting Bengie Molina to ground out. Heath Bell allowed Aubrey Huff's double leading off the ninth before retiring the side for his 11th save in 13 chances.
The Giants have totaled only nine runs in the seven losses to San Diego.
Gonzalez launched an 0-2 pitch from Cain an estimated 413 feet over the fence in straightaway center field with two outs in the first. It was his eighth.
The Giants tied it in the fourth when Richard allowed consecutive singles by Sandoval and Molina opening the inning, then gave up Juan Uribe's RBI base hit with one out.
The Padres went back ahead with two outs in the fifth when Chase Headley singled in David Eckstein. They got an insurance run in the seventh when, with the bases loaded, reliever Sergio Romo hit slumping Kyle Blanks with a pitch. Blanks came into that plate appearance 3 for 34 (.088) in May. His last RBI had been May 7.
Cain went six innings, allowing two runs and six hits, with five strikeouts and five walks. Richard also struck out five, with three walks.
NOTES: Padres RHP Mat Latos, scheduled to start against Giants LHP Jonathan Sanchez on Tuesday night, was signed by scout Joe Bochy, older brother of the Giants' manager. Bruce Bochy managed the Padres from 1995-2006 before jumping to the Giants. ... Latos will face the Giants for the third time this season and for the second straight start. ... Latos and Sanchez matched up on April 20 in San Diego, when the Padres had only one hit but won 1-0. ... Bochy, who still has an offseason home in suburban Poway, was bummed because he might have to have his 16-year-old Labrador euthanized.