Giants hand Padres sixth straight loss


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- One swing by Jeff Kent was all the San Francisco Giants needed to beat the staggering San Diego Padres.

Kent hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Giants
won 3-1 Tuesday night, extending the Padres' losing streak to a
season-high six games.

It was the fourth homer in two nights by the Giants, although
the Padres once again kept Barry Bonds in the ballpark. Bonds was
aboard for Kent's homer after drawing the first of two walks. He
leads the majors with 67 walks.

Kent drove a pitch from Bobby Jones into the seats in
left-center with one out in the first for his eighth home run.

"It sets a good tempo for the pitcher, makes it easier for him
to be aggressive, throw strikes,'' Kent said.

Jones (3-4) got a good tempo going, but it was too late. Benito
Santiago followed Kent's drive with a single before Jones retired
20 of the next 21 batters, allowing only a double by Rich Aurilia
in the third.

In his previous start, Jones allowed a first-inning grand slam
to Colorado's Greg Norton, then shut down the Rockies for the next
six innings. The Padres lost that game, 4-2, to start their streak.

"If you could eliminate the first innings, I have a couple of
good starts out there,'' Jones said. "But, I made a mistake to
Kent in the first and it was costly.''

The Padres' anemic offense managed just one run off Kirk Rueter
(7-3) and three relievers. Robb Nen struck out two in a perfect
ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.

"We've got to figure a way to score some runs,'' Padres manager
Bruce Bochy said. "It is going to take a key hit to break an
inning open.''

San Diego, which stranded nine runners, lost for the 15th time
in 19 games.

Getting an early lead "kind of relaxes you, especially on the
road,'' Rueter said. "You get runs in the top of the first before
you even go out there, you've got a little cushion, a little

"I tried to give it back right away by giving up the two hits
in the first and the walk, but fortunately I was able to get out of

Mark Kotsay singled leading off the Padres' first to extend his
hitting streak to 12 games, but promptly got picked off. The next
batter, D'Angelo Jimenez, doubled.

Kent batted with the bases loaded in the eighth and hit into a
9-2-6-1 double play. The Giants didn't send Shawon Dunston from
third on Kent's fly to right, but Aurilia was caught in a rundown
between second and third.

Dunston then broke for home, but pitcher Steve Reed took the
throw from shortstop Deivi Cruz and tagged him out sliding into the
plate, then spiked the ball for emphasis.

Aurilia, the Giants' shortstop who was activated from the 15-day
disabled list before the game, doubled twice.

San Diego's Bubba Trammell hit an RBI single in the sixth.

Rueter improved to 10-2 lifetime against San Diego, allowing one
run on nine hits in six innings. He walked two, with no strikeouts.

Jones allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, struck
out three and walked one.

Game notes
Padres RHP Brian Tollberg will have Tommy John
reconstructive surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. Tollberg was
1-5 with a 6.13 ERA. ... Right-handed reliever Jason Boyd was sent
outright to Triple-A Portland a day after he allowed two home runs
in an 11-3 loss to San Francisco. The Padres replaced him by
purchasing the contract of Jason Pearson from Portland. Pearson
made his big league debut in the ninth. ... Aurilia had been out
since May 20. He had bone chips removed from his right elbow May
22. To make room for him, the Giants put INF Ramon Martinez on the
disabled list with a concussion. ... Giants OF Reggie Sanders
missed his second straight start because of his bruised right
middle finger. ... Dunston, hitting just .135, batted leadoff for
the Giants.