Giants edge PadresAug 19, 2012 - 5:52 AM
Buster Posey clubbed three hits, scored twice and also knocked in a run for the Giants, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games.
Jose Mijares (1-0) earned the victory after recording the final out of the sixth and retiring the first batter of the seventh.
Chase Headley belted a three-run homer and Carlos Quentin added a solo shot in the setback, San Diego's fifth in a row.
With the game tied at 5-5, Brad Brach (1-3) surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh to absorb the loss.
Marco Scutaro singled to start the frame, went first-to-third on a base hit by Pablo Sandoval, and then scored on Posey's sacrifice fly to right field.
After Hunter Pence walked, Arias smacked a single through the right side of the infield to score Sandoval for a 7-5 advantage.
The Giants tacked on an insurance run in the ninth as Posey doubled before Pence followed with a two-bagger of his own to make it a three-run game.
"Good win for us, good comeback," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "The guys did a great job of having another big inning to save us."
The bullpen held San Diego down from there until Jeremy Affeldt surrendered a pair of runs in the ninth.
The lefty retired the first two hitters, but walked pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso before Alexi Amarista singled home Alonso. Amarista moved to second on a fielder's indifference and then scored on Chris Denorfia's base hit to right field.
Clay Hensley entered for Affeldt and fanned pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay to nail down his third save of the season and maintain the Giant's 1/2 game lead in the NL West over the Dodgers, who were also victorious on Saturday.
"We don't give up. We play hard for 27 outs," Headley said. "We gave them a game there at the end."
Arias' leadoff blast in the second inning gave the Giants a 1-0 lead before the Padres loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half.
They'd settle for just one run, however, as Cameron Maybin's fielder's choice ground out plated Quentin before Maybin was caught stealing and Everth Cabrera fanned.
San Diego jumped in front in the third as Padres starter Eric Stults and Logan Forsythe each singled before Headley launched his 20th homer of the season into left field to give the home team a 4-1 lead.
The Giants battled back in the fifth as pinch-hitter Ryan Theriot singled, Angel Pagan doubled and Scutaro smacked a sac fly to plate Theriot.
Sandoval followed with a fielder's choice to score Pagan, before Posey doubled to put runners on second and third with one out.
Pence then lifted a sac fly to center field and Arias plated Posey with a line-drive single to left field for a 5-4 lead, but Quentin's leadoff homer to left field in the sixth tied the game at 5-5.
San Francisco starter Barry Zito allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over four innings ... Stults was charged for five runs on nine hits over six frames ... The Padres recalled pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A Tucson and optioned right-hander Ross Ohlendorf to Tucson ... Headley has hit eight home runs and has 24 RBI in 14 games so far in August.
- SAN FRANCISCO: 8
SAN DIEGO: 7
Aug 18 11:49 PM
- Chris Denorfia single to right scored Alexi Amarista with two out. Runner on first and Logan Forsythe due up.
Giants 8, Padres 7 Bot 9, 2 OutsAug 18 11:44 PM
- Alexi Amarista advances to second on defensive indifference. Runner on second and Chris Denorfia at the plate.
Giants 8, Padres 6 Bot 9, 2 OutsAug 18 11:43 PM
- Joaquin Arias flied out to center. Runner on second with two outs and Brandon Belt due up.
Giants 8, Padres 5 Top 9, 2 OutsAug 18 11:28 PM
- Joaquin Arias single to right scored Pablo Sandoval with one out. On the play, Hunter Pence advances to second. Runners on first and second and Brandon Belt due up.
Giants 7, Padres 5 Top 7, 1 OutAug 18 10:41 PM
- Buster Posey sacrifice fly to right scored Marco Scutaro with one out. Runner on first and Hunter Pence due up.
Giants 6, Padres 5 Top 7, 1 OutAug 18 10:37 PM
- Carlos Quentin lead-off Home Run (13) to left. Yasmani Grandal due up.
Giants 5, Padres 5 Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 18 10:15 PM
- Joaquin Arias single to left scored Buster Posey with two out. Runner on first and Brandon Belt due up.
Giants 5, Padres 4 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 18 9:58 PM
- Hunter Pence sacrifice fly to center scored Pablo Sandoval with two out. Runner on second and Joaquin Arias due up.
Giants 4, Padres 4 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 18 9:57 PM
- Pablo Sandoval safe on a fielder's choice to third scored Angel Pagan with one out. Runner on first and Buster Posey due up.
Giants 3, Padres 4 Top 5, 1 OutAug 18 9:53 PM
- Chase Headley one-out, three-run Home Run (20) to left scored Eric Stults and Logan Forsythe. Carlos Quentin due up.
Giants 1, Padres 4 Bot 3, 1 OutAug 18 9:23 PM
- Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder's choice, second to short scored Carlos Quentin with one out. Jesus Guzman out at second. Yasmani Grandal advances to third. Runners on first and third and Everth Cabrera due up.
Giants 1, Padres 1 Bot 2, 1 OutAug 18 9:07 PM
- Joaquin Arias lead-off Home Run (2) to left. Brandon Belt due up.
Giants 1, Padres 0 Top 2, 0 OutsAug 18 8:53 PM
- SAN FRANCISCO: 0
SAN DIEGO: 0
Top 1, 1 Out
Aug 18 8:38 PM
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