San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went back into World Series beast mode Wednesday afternoon by smacking three home runs in a 13-5 Giants blowout win over the San Diego Padres.
Tim Lincecum took the mound at Petco Park for the first time since throwing his no-hitter back on July 13. The Padres scored a run in the bottom of the first on a pass ball and added another run in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
The Giants got on the scoreboard in the top of the third on a leadoff homer by Brandon Crawford. Brandon Belt singled leading off the top of the fourth and Hunter Pence connected with a two-run home run to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. After Brett Pill singled, Hector Sanchez went long ball with another two-run shot to extend the lead to 5-2.
The Giants attacked again in the top of the fifth as Pence doubled home a run and Sandoval smacked a two-run homer to increase the lead to 8-2. Third baseman Chase Headley homered in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 8-3 game. The Padres closed the gap to 8-5 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Sandoval homered leading off the top of the eighth and the Giants scored four more runs in the top of the ninth highlighted by a three-run homer by Sandoval. The Giants avoided the three-game sweep by winning 13-5, finishing the road trip with a 4-5 record.
Lincecum notched the win (9-13), going 5.2 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, four walks, five strikeouts and threw 111 pitches. Lincecum is 69-7 when the Giants score three runs or more for him and since 2010 are 76-7 when scoring at least eight runs in a game.
The Giants erupted for 17 hits and six homers in the win. Sandoval led the team with four hits and six RBI's, while Joaquin Arias had three on the day. Juan Perez, Belt and Pence each chipped in with two knocks in the win. Both teams combined for eight home runs on the day, tying a Petco Park record.
The 62-77 Giants head back home Thursday night to begin a seven-game homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ryan Vogelsong (3-4) gets the ball in the opener facing Trevor Cahill (5-10). First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 pm.
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