SAN DIEGO (AP) -
always seems to have big games against the
San Francisco Giants
Hairston made a leaping catch against the wall in left-center, then hit a three-run homer to highlight the
San Diego Padres
' 7-3 win against
and the Giants.
There were two rarities at Petco Park Friday night - a 51-minute rain delay and the Padres popping above .500.
Coming off a big comeback win over the
Los Angeles Dodgers
, the Padres got another big team effort.
''Not unlike yesterday, you can point to a lot of guys who had a big part in this game,'' manager
Hairston hit his 10th career homer against the Giants.
''It happens, man. I really can't say. It's just been working out that way,'' Hairston said. ''I don't prepare any different
when the Giants come into town.''
With the Padres leading 4-2 with a runner on first and none out in the eighth, Hairston, the left fielder, made a nice leaping
's fly ball near the top of the fence in left-center.
''He's the type of guy, when the game's on the line, he's going to drive the ball somewhere,'' Hairston said. ''I was thankful
that it stayed in the park tonight. I think it was right at the top of the wall. It could have gone either way. I know I didn't
bring it back, that's for sure. I know it would have been at least a double off the wall if I didn't catch it.''
In the bottom of the inning, Hairston hit a three-run homer to center off
It's the first time the Padres (3-2) are above .500 since they were 8-7 last April 16. San Diego finished 63-99 last year,
21 games behind the NL West-winning Dodgers.
(1-0) won his Padres debut while Zito (0-1) lasted only four innings in his season debut.
A light rain turned into a downpour by the bottom of the fifth inning. With it raining off and on, the umpires ordered the
teams off the field after the bottom of the sixth.
Zito, who is 21-31 with the Giants since signing a $126 million contract in December 2006, gave up four runs and seven hits.
He threw 93 pitches, striking out four and walking two.
The Padres jumped on Zito for three straight hits, including Giles' RBI double, to take a 3-0 lead in the first.
's groundout and
's single brought in the other runs.
''I was fired up a little bit and wanted to come out and get that first inning going,'' said Zito, who grew up in San Diego.
''It's frustrating because I felt great tonight. I felt good in the pen. I've come a long way from last year and battled hard
tonight. But I'm optimistic that I'll be back out there next Thursday being in control of myself.''
walked leading off the third and scored on
San Diego made it 4-1 in the fourth when Giles singled in
, who was aboard on a two-out double to left.
The Giants had four straight hits opening the sixth inning to chase Hill, but scored only one run. Molina hit a flare single
to right for the third hit to bring in
, who was aboard on a leadoff double.
singled to right to load the bases and chase Hill.
came on and got
to ground to first baseman Gonzalez, who threw home to force
throwing back to Gonzalez to complete the double play.
struck out to end the threat.
''That's the turning point in the game,'' Giants manager
said. ''We had them on the ropes with good hitters up there and they got out of it.''
Hill was signed during spring training, five days after being released by the
. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and a walk.
Notes: There have been only 16 rainouts in 41 seasons of big league ball in San Diego. The most recent was April 4, 2006,
against the Giants. ... There was a 29-minute rain delay last May 23 during a game against the
. ... The last two NL Cy Young Award winners will be pitching this weekend at Petco Park. Padres ace
, the 2007 winner, is scheduled to start Saturday night against
, while San Francisco ace
, last year's winner, faces
on Sunday. Peavy lost his opening day start to the Dodgers on Monday, while Lincecum struggled Tuesday in a win over Milwaukee,
making it through just three innings. ... San Diego's three new starters -
and Hill - have a combined 3.93 ERA through their first starts.