SAN FRANCISCO -- With a go-ahead three-run homer in the 12th inning, William Myers put the perfect bow on his scorching April. His second three-run shot in as many games was the difference Sunday, as the Padres rallied for a thrilling 5-2 victory over the Giants.Myers -- who finished the
SAN FRANCISCO -- With a go-ahead three-run homer in the 12th inning, William Myers put the perfect bow on his scorching April. His second three-run shot in as many games was the difference Sunday, as the Padres rallied for a thrilling 5-2 victory over the Giants.
Myers -- who finished the month with 35 hits, 16 of which went for extra bases -- started his day 0-for-5. But he made his one hit count, smashing a George Kontos fastball into the left-field seats.
"I felt really good my first five at-bats," Myers said. "I felt like I had good at-bats, had some tough pitches. I thought they pitched me really well in the first five. I was just looking for that one mistake they made. I was able to get it."
It was the latest in a series of struggles for the San Francisco bullpen. The Padres tied the game in the ninth off closer Mark Melancon, who blew his second save in eight attempts when former Giant Hector Sanchez launched a no-doubt two-run homer. The pinch-hit homer plated Luis Sardinas, who had reached on an error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez to start the inning.
Sanchez's blast nullified an outstanding effort from Giants starter Ty Blach. The left-hander blanked the Padres over seven innings -- and even got in on the fun offensively. He allowed only three hits, and his fifth-inning sacrifice fly put the Giants on the board.
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"We have to find a way to get some runs on the board," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I can't always put this on the bullpen. When you score two runs and one of them your pitcher knocks in, you're just not doing it offensively. You're just not leaving yourself any margin for error. That's the case with us right now."
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Doubling up:Michael Morse's RBI double off the right-field wall plated Hunter Pence and gave the Giants some breathing room in the sixth. It also chased Padres starter Clayton Richard, who allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 frames. Both of those runs came after Richard allowed the leadoff man to reach base without a hit. He plunked Joe Panik to start the fifth and walked Pence in the sixth.
Helping Hand: With Richard in trouble in the sixth, Padres manager Andy Green called on the ever-reliable Brad Hand. The lefty reliever escaped trouble in the sixth by inducing a pair of grounders. He pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, then remained in the game to whiff Brandon Belt leading off the eighth. Hand gave way to Brandon Maurer -- who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of his own to send the game to extras. Ryan Buchter followed with two scoreless frames, and Jose Torres recorded his first Major League save after Myers had put the Padres in front.
"We've got a lot of talent down there," Hand said. "I have trust in every single one of those guys down there if they come in after me. Today was a good example of that. Just hand it off to the next guy."
"We better start panicking because if we don't get our act together it's going to be ugly. There's too many good teams out there ready to go after us. This energy level needs to get going. We need to pick our play, throw quality strikes. We need to figure it out." -- Melancon
"As a starting pitcher, I would never take myself out, but that's why we have managers to make the decisions we don't want to make. He made that call, and the guys stepped up." -- Richard on the effort of the bullpen after he was removed
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Sanchez hit two home runs in 297 plate appearances at AT&T Park with the Giants and has equalled that in just eight plate appearances in San Francisco since signing with the Padres.
Padres: Following their second off-day of the season Monday, the Padres host the Rockies for a three-game set beginning Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. PT. Trevor Cahill gets the ball for San Diego. Tuesday's game will be Bud Black's first as manager in the visiting dugout at Petco Park. He spent parts of nine seasons at the helm of the Padres, before he was let go in May 2015.
Giants: Right-hander Johnny Cueto (3-1), winless in his previous two starts, faces the Dodgers for the second time in six days when San Francisco opens a three-game series in Los Angeles on Monday at 7:10 p.m. PT. Cueto has given up six home runs in five starts this season after allowing only 15 all of 2016.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Giants on Sunday.