Apr 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) is congratulated by third base coach Tim Flannery (1) after a home run during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants Bats Silent Again In 3-1 Loss To Padres


Apr 19, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres pinch hitter Chris Denorfia (13) puts down a bunt on a squeeze play during the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants offensive malaise continued Saturday as they were held to just four hits in a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego.

It’s the third straight loss for the Giants (10-8), who for the second straight night got their only offense from a solo home run.

On Saturday, it was Michael Morse, who clubbed his third homer of the year. His shot to center off San Diego starter Eric Stults (1-2) briefly tied the game in the fifth inning.

The Giants are hitting just .179 as a team (22-for-123) in their last four games. The lineup was juggled again Saturday, with Morse hitting fourth and Pablo Sandoval dropping to the No. 5 spot. Sandoval came in hitting .179/.267/.299 in 75 plate appearances with two homers and six RBI. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday.

San Diego (9-9) got the lead back for good in the bottom of the fifth. Alexi Amarista led off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Tim Hudson (2-1) on a pickoff play. Stults sacrificed Amarista to third and Everth Cabrera tripled to center field to put the Padres up 2-1.

The Padres got their first run in the second on an RBI single by Yonder Alonso and added an insurance tally in the eighth when Chris Denorfia squeezed home Will Venable with a bunt.

The loss wasted a solid effort by Hudson, who allowed two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. David Huff started the eighth and gave up a hit while recording one out and was charged with the run. Jean Machi struck out one of the two hitters he faced.

Morse’s homer was the Giants’ only extra-base hit; Brandon Belt, Joaquin Arias and Hudson had singles.

The Giants lost their share of first place in the NL West with the loss, dropping a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat Arizona 8-6 Saturday.

San Francisco will try to avoid being swept for the first time this season Sunday when they send Tim Lincecum (0-1, 7.20 ERA) to the hill against San Diego left-hander Robbie Erlin (1-1, 3.18). Game time is 1:10 p.m.

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