SAN DIEGO – The reeling San Francisco Giants managed just six hits off Ian Kennedy and three relievers, losing 8-2 to the San Diego Padres on Sunday to fall 4 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West race.
The Giants’ chances of winning the division were dealt a serious blow by the three-game sweep at the hands of the lowly Padres . The Giants open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.
San Francisco is still in good shape to clinch a wild-card berth, although it dropped into a tie with Pittsburgh in the race for the top spot. The Giants and Pirates are 4 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee .
San Francisco has scored only 14 runs in losing six of eight games.
Yasmani Grandal had three RBIs while Rene Rivera and Cameron Maybin each drove in two runs for the Padres , who improved to 9-6 against the Giants this year. The teams will finish the season with a four-game series in San Francisco starting Thursday night.
Kennedy (12-13) struck out five, giving him a career-high 201 and making him the fourth Padres pitcher to fan 200 in a season. He held the Giants to two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, with one walk.
Kennedy retired the first 11 Giants batters before Buster Posey beat out an infield single.
Ryan Vogelsong (8-12) held the Padres hitless until Seth Smith doubled into the gap in right-centre leading off the fifth. Smith advanced on Rivera’s single to left and scored on Amarista’s sacrifice fly.
The Padres piled on in the sixth with four runs, three unearned, off three pitchers.
Yangervis Solarte and Will Venable singled opening the sixth and a throwing error by third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Jedd Gyorko’s grounder loaded the bases and chased Vogelsong. Javier Lopez allowed a sacrifice fly by Grandal and walked Seth Smith to again load the bases. George Kontos came on and allowed Rivera’s RBI groundout. Alexi Amarista was intentionally walked and Maybin hit a two-run single.
Grandal hit a two-run double in the seventh.
Vogelsong allowed four runs, two earned, in five innings while striking out five and walking one.
Giants rookie Chris Dominguez hit a two-run homer to left off Kennedy with two outs in the seventh for his first career big league hit. He was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Sept. 1 . Brandon Crawford was aboard on a single.
Giants : Manager Bruce Bochy said it’s doubtful that CF Angel Pagan and INF-OF Michael Morse will be able to play in the Dodgers series. Pagan has a bulging disc in his back and will be examined again on Monday. Bochy said Morse likely will go to San Francisco to get an MRI on his strained side muscle.
Padres : Manager Bud Black isn’t sure if RHP Tyson Ross will make another start this season due to a sore right arm. Ross last pitched on Sept. 13 .
Giants : RHP Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.16 ERA) will make his 11th start with Giants when they open a three-game series against Dan Haren (13-11, 4.14) and the Dodgers in Los Angeles .
Padres : LHP Eric Stults (7-17, 4.59) is scheduled to start against LHP Tyler Matzek (6-10, 4.19) in opener of three-game series against Colorado .