SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner was good, but Jhoulys Chacin was better Saturday night, as the Padres beat the Giants, 2-1, to clinch their first series victory of the season.Chacin -- who allowed a career-high nine runs in Monday's opener -- bounced back nicely with 6 2/3 scoreless frames. He
SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner was good, but Jhoulys Chacin was better Saturday night, as the Padres beat the Giants, 2-1, to clinch their first series victory of the season.
Chacin -- who allowed a career-high nine runs in Monday's opener -- bounced back nicely with 6 2/3 scoreless frames. He showcased a nasty slider that kept Giants hitters off balance all night and allowed only three hits. Ryan Buchter allowed a run on two singles in the ninth before sending San Francisco reeling to a 1-5 start. That matched the Giants' worst record after six games since they moved west in 1958.
"To beat somebody like Bumgarner you know you have to not make mistakes," Chacin said. "Today I was making pitches. We got the early lead, and I was just trying to throw zeros."
Bumgarner went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five. It marked his 15th career complete game -- and the sixth in which he's taken the loss.
He had some trouble with a trio of Padres rookies in the early going. Manuel Margot doubled in each of the first two innings, scoring a run and driving in another. Hunter Renfroe also had two knocks, and Allen Cordoba notched his first Major League hit with a second-inning bouncer through the left side.
Asked about his early-inning struggles, Bumgarner said that getting loose wasn't an issue.
"I was just having trouble getting it going, I guess," Bumgarner said. "Really, I was battling the whole game."
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"It's fun to watch young guys succeed on the baseball field," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I think the fans feel that way about it. It's clearly energized in the ballpark right now, and the guys are playing with that energy the fans are giving them."
Video: SF@SD: Buchter gets Nunez to fly out to earn the save
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Rookie ball: Many have projected Margot and Renfroe as potential Rookie of the Year candidates in the National League. They jumped on Bumgarner early Saturday night. Margot led off the bottom of the first with a hustle double on a relatively routine chopper up the middle. Three batters later, Renfroe drove him in with a double into the left-field corner.
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Video: SF@SD: Renfroe opens scoring with a double in the 1st
Helping Hand: Chacin was brilliant, but he exited with two outs in the seventh when Eduardo Nunez doubled into the right-field corner. The Padres called on Brad Hand, who induced an inning-ending grounder to first before tossing a perfect eighth.
"I know with the bullpen that we have, if I give them six good innings and the game's close, we've got a pretty good chance to win the ballgame," Chacin said.
"When you look up on the board and it's giving his Appalachian League stats, you have to find some humor in that. It says, 'Rookie Ball All-Star last year,' and he's out there facing Madison Bumgarner, not scaring off at all. Made a couple plays at shortstop. I don't think there's a happier kid on the planet right now." -- Green on Cordoba
Video: SF@SD: Cordoba collects first Major League hit
Giants: San Francisco will conclude the series and its season-opening, two-city trip with a 1:40 p.m. PT encounter Sunday at San Diego. Needing a win to enter Monday's home opener with a semblance of momentum, the Giants will turn to Johnny Cueto, their leading winner (18-5) a year ago.
Padres: Clayton Richard will look to replicate a masterful performance in his 2017 debut when the Padres host the Giants on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. PT. The veteran left-hander blanked the Dodgers over eight scoreless frames Tuesday, recording 16 of his 24 outs via ground balls.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
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