Cain helped his own cause with a single up the middle in the fourth that drove in Tejada to put San Francisco ahead 3-2. Tejada was hit by a pitch and would’ve easily been caught stealing if not for shortstop Jason Bartlett mishandling the throw, allowing Tejada to move to third and Cain a chance for his third RBI of the season.
Maybin smacked a ball into the left-center field gap for a two-run triple, and Rizzo followed with an RBI single to give San Diego a 5-3 lead. Backed by a strong bullpen, that was more than enough for the Padres.
“It kind of came down to that one pitch and I didn’t make that pitch,” Cain said. “It cost us the game.”
About the only hiccup before the ninth came when Torres drew a 16-pitch walk off Chad Qualls in the seventh. He stole second uncontested, move to third on a groundout and was tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch.
Qualls pumped his fist and slammed the ball to the ground afterward.
“That cannot happen,” Torres said. “I was going to go but then I stopped. But if I had gone right away, I could have made it. I thought I had a shot.”
NOTES: Tejada was at second base for the first time in his 15-year major league career, moving over from short to start in place of the injured Emmanuel Burriss (sore right knee). Burriss grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. … Three fans sitting near the Padres dugout were hit by a wayward bat from Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval in the first inning. One woman was struck in the head and taken to a hospital as a precaution, a Giants spokesman said. Two men received treatment in the eyebrow and shin and stayed at the game. … Another fan interrupted the game for about 2 minutes in the eighth inning, running onto the field and taking his shirt off. The man gave himself up without incident. … Sandoval extended his career-high hitting streak to 16 straight games with a single in the third.
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