SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ryan Schimpf hit a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen gave up a lead and chance to gain ground on the division-leading Dodgers in a 6-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Hunter Strickland (3-3) started the ninth and allowed two runs, three singles and a bases-loaded walk to Wil Myers, then Steven Okert entered to try to get the final out. Schimpf clobbered the fourth offering and sent it into the center-field bleachers for his 19th homer.
Jake Smith (1-0) pitched the eighth for his first career victory after San Diego claimed him from the Giants in July, then Kevin Quackenbush finished for his second save as some Giants fans booed. Smith’s story is well known. He was a groundskeeper at Lake Olmstead before joining the GreenJackets as a pitcher.
Angel Pagan homered leading off the fifth and Gorkys Hernandez also homered for the Giants, who stayed four games back of NL West-leading Los Angeles after the Dodgers lost earlier at the New York Yankees. San Francisco remained percentage points ahead of the Mets for the top NL wild-card spot.
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