SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants scored six runs on Wednesday, and with the way they’ve been going at home that was considered an absolute explosion.
And then Thursday came around.
The Giants knocked James Shields out in the fifth inning and held on for a wild 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres, taking the rubber match of the three-game series. They had 19 hits and bashed four triples for the first time since 1960.
Brandon Belt had triples in the first and fifth innings as the Giants went up 5-0, and Matt Duffy and Brandon Crawford also added three-baggers. The Giants have struggled at home but they got contributions up and down the line. And yet they still almost gave this one away.
Chris Heston walked off the mound with a seven-run lead after seven strong innings, but the Padres sent 11 hitters to the plate in the top of the eighth and scored six runs.
The nightmare started with back-to-back doubles off Jeremy Affeldt and Matt Kemp followed with a homer to dead center. A walk ended Affeldt’s day and Javier Lopez gave up a single to the only hitter he faced. Sergio Romo, still hobbled by that hyperextended knee, entered and got two quick outs before three singles cut the lead to one. With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first, Romo got Clint Barmes to pop up to first.
The Giants lineup bounced right back with four runs in the bottom of the inning, a pair coming on Buster Posey’s double.
Starting pitching report: On a day Baseball Twitter buzzed a bit about the Mets calling up rookie Stephen Matz, Heston continued his under-the-radar campaign. He’s 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA through 15 starts.
Bullpen report: Affeldt faced four batters and didn’t record an out. His ERA jumped up to 5.96. Javier Lopez was charged with his first run in 23 appearances.
At the plate: With an RBI single in the fourth, Heston has a hit in five of his last seven starts. That might give him bragging rights over Madison Bumgarner. For now, at least.
In the field: Joe Panik made a leaping grab of a liner in the fifth inning. That kid is going to win a Gold Glove some day.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,533 human beings who were instructed not to spoil the start of the NBA Draft for Alex Pavlovic.
Up next: Those pesky Colorado Rockies, and the pitching trio of Chad Bettis, Chris Russin and Kyle Kendrick. For Giants pitchers, this may be an awkward weekend. Madison Bumgarner starts Sunday but Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum get the first two games at AT&T Park. The Giants are seemingly set to replace the Tims with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy when they hit the road next week.