Kieschnick impresses in debut for Giants 

click to enlarge San Francisco Giants' Roger Kieschnick hits a single that scored Buster Posey from third base during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. - AP PHOTO/TOM MIHALEK
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  • San Francisco Giants' Roger Kieschnick hits a single that scored Buster Posey from third base during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA — When Chad Gaudin gets a hit, the rest of the Giants have to join along.

Gaudin threw seven sharp innings and snapped an 0-for-40 slump, Roger Kieschnick had an impressive debut and the Giants ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. Brett Pill and Brandon Crawford both homered in the offensive outburst for the Giants.

"I figured sooner or later," Gaudin said about his RBI single in the third. "I'm pretty proud of that."

Gaudin was 1 for 58 before rolling a single through the left side. He was hitless in 17 at-bats this year, prompting him to take extra batting practice in San Francisco last week.

"Everybody kept asking me when I was going to get a hit," he said. "I figured I'd work on it. It paid off."

Neither team made a move as the nonwaiver trade deadline passed Wednesday, a surprise considering both clubs are going nowhere.

The defending World Series champion Giants are last in the NL West. The Phillies entered 11½ games out of first place and fell to nine back in the wild-card standings.

"I think it may have relaxed the guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the deadline passing. "We got a couple hits early and the confidence came back."

Gaudin (5-2) allowed one run and four hits, striking out five.

Kieschnick had RBI singles in his first two major league at-bats for the Giants, who snapped a nine-game homerless drought when Pill went deep. Pill had three hits and four RBIs.

"The past couple games I kind of hit them where they weren't," Pill said. "There was a little luck involved."

Kyle Kendrick (9-8) gave up eight hits and seven runs in two-plus innings.

"I'm not going to make any excuse," Kendrick said. "I have to make better pitches. It was a frustrating night."

Chase Utley hit a solo homer for the Phillies, who snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-3 win in the series opener Tuesday.

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