Right-hander Tim Hudson just missed pitching his first complete game in nearly two years, settling for 8.2 innings while pitching the San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres Wednesday at AT&T Park, 3-2.
Hudson (4-1) allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six as the Giants (17-11) took two of three from San Diego (13-16). Sergio Romo got the final out for his seventh save.
Hudson’s last complete game came on June 5, 2012, while he was with the Atlanta Braves.
San Francisco scored in the bottom of the first. Hunter Pence singled with out out and stole second—his fifth theft of the year. After a pop-out on the infield, Michael Morse doubled to right field to score Pence and give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the second with a home run, his fifth of the season.
San Francisco made it 3-0 in the seventh. Joaquin Arias singled and moved up on Hudson’s sacrifice. After Juan Perez grounded out, the Padres summoned Dale Thayer to replace starter Robbie Erlin (1-4) as part of a double-switch.
Pence reached on an infield single to third base, with Arias advancing to third, and Buster Posey delivered a single to center to score Arias.
In the ninth, Hudson got the first two hitters before Yasmani Grandal belted a homer to right. The prompted manager Bruce Bochy to summon Romo, who got pinch-hitter Christ Denorfia to ground out to end it.
The Giants had 10 hits, with Pence and Posey each going 2-for-4 as every Giants starter except Perez had at least one hit, including Hudson.
San Francisco is off Thursday before opening up a weekend series at Atlanta on Friday. Tim Lincecum (1-1, 5.96 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Giants against left-hander Mike Minor, who will make his first start of the season for the Braves after being activated off the disabled list on Wednesday.
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