Blunders cost Giants in 5-3 loss to Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pick a moment.

Andres Torres getting tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch. The usually reliable Matt Cain giving up a costly hit. Or another ninth-inning rally cut short.

The San Francisco Giants crumbled with self-inflicted blunders Tuesday night, losing to the San Diego Padres 5-3 for the second day in a row.

“It’s frustrating to give the runs back,” Cain said. “That’s how the game goes, it changes at times.”

Cameron Maybin had three hits and three RBIs, and Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to power the Padres past the NL West-leading Giants by the same score two days in a row.

Maybin’s triple highlighted a three-run sixth inning off Cain (7-5), who lost for the first time in more than a month. San Diego has won seven of nine.

Tim Stauffer (5-5) allowed three runs in six innings for his third straight victory. He allowed three hits and walked one.

“It’s frustrating,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You can look at how much trouble we’re having getting guys in.”

The Padres again used a formula that the defending World Series champions have replicated so many times: strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a bullpen with a flair for the dramatic that doesn’t budge.

Miguel Tejada and pinch-hitter Pat Burrell started the ninth with singles off Heath Bell. Chris Stewart’s sacrifice bunt moved them to third and second.

Then San Diego’s All-Star closer struck out Torres and got Brandon Crawford to fly out to right field for his 26th save this season, tied for the major-league lead. The Padres improved to 33-0 this season when leading after eight innings.

“Apparently I wanted to face the same guys,” Bell said, chuckling at the same scenario he closed out Monday.

San Diego again quieted a fast San Francisco start with its own dose of powerful pitching.

Torres scored from first on a hard-hit single by Crawford that second baseman Orlando Hudson couldn’t corral in the first inning, backpedaling into right field and losing the ball trying to toss it back to the infield. Aaron Rowand’s two-out single later in the inning gave San Francisco a 2-0 lead.

The Padres answered back in the second when Ryan Ludwick singled and Hudson followed with a double. Ludwick scored on a groundout by Rizzo and Hudson scored on a fielding error by Crawford at short, tying the score 2-all.

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