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Suicide Stewart lifts Giants in extras

Jul 18, 2011 - 4:03 AM San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Stewart laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt in the 11th inning to help the San Francisco Giants defeat the San Diego Padres, 4-3, in the finale of a four-game series.

The squeeze made Javier Lopez (5-1) a winner after he tossed two innings of one-hit ball in relief. Andres Torres, Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ross each drove in a run for the Giants, who won the series and five of their last six games overall.

"To be able to take three out of four...helps us out a ton. To get late-inning wins is very motivating for the guys," Giants starter Matt Cain said.

Orlando Hudson knocked in two runs for the Padres who have dropped eight of their last nine contests.

San Diego reliever Chad Qualls (4-4) took the loss in 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run on Stewart's bunt.

With the game knotted at three, Emmanuel Burriss set up the 11th inning suicide squeeze with a one-out single. He then stole second and Padres catcher Kyle Phillips' throw nearly hit Burriss in the head. Instead, the ball sailed into center and allowed a sliding Burriss to pop up and race to third.

Stewart stepped into the batter's box and precisely laid down a suicide squeeze that allowed Burriss to score with ease and put the Giants up 4-3.

Brian Wilson then came in to close out the game but needed some help from his defense to get his 28th save of the season.

The bearded closer walked the first two batters he faced and was bailed out by the flashy defense of Stewart, who backed his nice offensive bunt earlier in the inning. Phillips laid down a bunt in attempt to move the runners into scoring position, however, Stewart's catlike reflexes from the catcher's position plucked the ball up from the ground and delivered a bullet throw to third for the force out. Pablo Sandoval finished the important double play with a laser throw to first, beating out Phillips.

Wilson, however, walked the next batter he saw to put men on second and third again, but he induced an Alberto Gonzalez groundout to end the game.

The Padres got on the board in the first. Will Venable drew a walk and moved to second on Mike Fontenot's error fielding Everth Cabrera's grounder. Venable reached third on Cameron Maybin's pop up and then scored on Ryan Ludwick's sacrifice fly.

San Fran would get the run back on Cody Ross' sac fly to center that plated Schierholtz, who led off the second with a single up the middle.

It continued to be a back-and-forth game as Schierholtz's singled that scored Fontenot to put the Giants up in the sixth. But during the bottom half the frame, the Padres would snatch the lead away.

The rally started when Cabrera, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson before the game, reached first on a dropped third strike and scurried to second on Maybin's single. Ludwick was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Orlando Hudson, who came up bag with a line shot up the middle to bring home both Cabrera and Maybin for a 3-2 lead.

The Giants, though, would knot it up in the seventh with Torres' RBI single.

Game Notes

Schierholtz had hit safely in his last nine games. He also stole two bases in the game...The Giants as a team stole a season-high six bases, tying for the most stolen bases in a game in San Francisco history...Cabrera was recalled to replace Jason Bartlett, who was placed on the paternity leave list before the game...Both starting pitchers had good outings but didn't factor into the decision. Cain lasted six innings, allowing three runs -- one earned -- on three hits and nine strikeouts. SD's Mat Latos allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings.