The San Diego Padres have had their struggles playing against the Giants at AT&T Park. They changed their luck for one day.
Jesus Guzman hit a pair of home runs and had three RBIs, and Chase Headley also homered, lifting the Padres to a 6-3 win over the Giants on Wednesday afternoon.
Jason Marquis (6-9) pitched 7¹⁄³ innings and gave up three hits, one earned run, walked one and struck out eight for his third consecutive victory, which avoided a sweep in the three-game series.
Tim Lincecum’s nightmare season continued. The two-time NL Cy Young winner (4-11) lasted 4²⁄³ innings, gave up seven hits, five earned runs, walked three, struck out eight, issued two wild pitches and hit a batter.
“He ran up some deep counts and it caught up with him, the number of pitches he threw,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That played a part in it but I thought he had good stuff.”
After Lincecum recorded two strikeouts in the top of the first, Headley got the Padres on the board with a home run to deep left-center. In the fourth inning, Lincecum gave up singles to Guzman and John Baker. With two outs, Max Venable hit a low liner to left-center just out of reach of Giants center fielder Angel Pagan, allowing two runs to score.
Guzman hit the decisive blow in the fifth inning, crushing a fastball to the bleachers in left.
“I think execution of my fastball made the difference early on but it got away from me and I wasn’t hitting the spots I needed to,” Lincecum said.
Guzman capped the scoring in the eighth inning with his second home run coming off reliever Brad Penny.
Without Buster Posey or Pablo Sandoval in the starting lineup, the Giants had difficulty generating any offense.
NOTES: An MRI confirmed that Sandoval has a left hamstring strain. With a day off today, Bochy said the team will wait until Friday to decide whether Sandoval needs to be put on the disabled list.