SAN DIEGO -- Padres starter Luis Perdomo grounded the Giants on Tuesday night. Matt Moore couldn't do the same to the San Diego offense.Jabari Blash and Manuel Margot peppered Petco Park's second deck in left field, as the Padres secured a 6-3 victory that snapped their four-game losing streak. Blash's
SAN DIEGO -- Padres starter Luis Perdomo grounded the Giants on Tuesday night. Matt Moore couldn't do the same to the San Diego offense.
Jabari Blash and Manuel Margot peppered Petco Park's second deck in left field, as the Padres secured a 6-3 victory that snapped their four-game losing streak. Blash's solo shot evened the score in the fourth, before Margot's three-run blast, his 13th homer of the season, gave the Friars the lead later in the frame. By the end of the night, all eight starting position players notched a hit for San Diego.
"This was the first tired stretch I felt like we ran into," said Padres manager Andy Green. "The last two games in Miami and a tough travel day and then yesterday felt like three, honestly, very tired days for our guys. It was good to see them rebound collectively today."
That was plenty of support for Perdomo, whose Major League-best ground-ball rate was on full display Tuesday night. He allowed two runs (one earned) over six impressive innings, using nine groundouts to three flyouts.
Moore, meanwhile, allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings, ending a stretch of three starts in which he was 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA. He criticized himself for hitting Cory Spangenberg with a pitch and walking Austin Hedges before Margot homered.
"Just setting the table like that, you've got your work cut out for you," said Moore, whose lapses led to the Giants' 14th loss in their last 18 road games.
Moore was well aware that Giants starters had recorded a 1.94 ERA and limited opponents to a .199 batting average in the previous eight games.
"I wanted to keep what Shark had going," said Moore, referring to Jeff Samardzija and his three-hit shutout in Monday's series opener.
Denard Span had three hits, and Joe Panik got one back with a homer in the eighth. But Padres closer Brad Hand, who has now held the Giants scoreless in 16 straight appearances, iced the game with his 13th save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Early escapes: The Giants had Perdomo on the ropes in each of the first two innings. But Perdomo used his National League-leading 25th double-play grounder to escape the first. Spangenberg's two second-inning misplays helped push across a pair of Giants runs. But despite the early deficit, Perdomo didn't wilt. He struck out Jarrett Parker and got Pablo Sandoval to pop to center, limiting the damage.
"Those errors early, those things happen," Perdomo said. "You just have to move on. I was able to bounce back."
Hang four stars: Blash's homer was only part of his overall contribution Tuesday night. He made a brilliant sliding catch to rob Panik at the start of the sixth inning. Blash covered 37 feet in 3.0 seconds, according to Statcast™, making it a four-star catch. Shortstop Yangervis Solarte followed with a diving catch of Nick Hundley's liner, and the Padres negated the start of a potentially big inning.
NO WAY, SAYS JOSE
Known mostly for his bat, Jose Pirela has made significant strides as a left fielder this season. His best catch to date came in the top of the eighth. Sandoval sent a deep drive into the left-field corner, but Pirela tracked it down, leaping at the last possible moment to prevent it from carrying over the short fence. Pirela himself seemed almost surprised to have come down with the baseball, smiling and pumping his fist as he lifted it from his glove.
"There's a saying that if you're not hitting, you have to make up for it on defense," Pirela said. "So I was able to do that."
One batter after Pirela's catch, home-plate umpire Larry Vanover took a Brandon Crawford foul ball off the left side of his mask. Visibly shaken up, Vanover headed for the umpire's dressing room, and second-base ump David Rackley took his place behind the plate. Vanover's injury status is unclear.
Giants:Ty Blach will attempt to end his worst slump of his career when he starts Wednesday's 6:10 p.m. PT series finale for San Francisco. He has lost each of his last three starts and has an 8.82 ERA in that stretch.
Padres:Travis Wood starts Wednesday's series finale at 6:10 p.m. PT, looking to continue his recent run of home success. Since joining the Padres at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Wood has posted a 2.00 ERA in three starts at Petco Park, compared with an 8.40 mark in as many road outings.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
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