San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Pablo Sandoval broke out of a power slump
with three home runs, and the San Francisco Giants hit a Petco Park record six
as a team in thrashing the San Diego Padres, 13-5, to avoid a series sweep.
Sandoval ended 4-for-5 with six RBI, three of them coming on his last home run
in the ninth. He had never hit three home runs in a regular season contest
before and had entered play Wednesday with just two in his last 73 games.
Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez each clubbed two-run shots, while Brandon
Crawford added a solo homer.
Tim Lincecum (9-13) returned to the site of his no-hitter, and while he wasn't
nearly as effective, the offensive power explosion propelled him to the win.
He gave up gave up five runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 2/3 frames,
Dropping a sixth straight decision, Eric Stults (8-13) was tattooed for seven
runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 frames. He served up three of the home runs.
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