SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -
expected to have the day off, so San Francisco's veteran catcher didn't bother taking pregame batting practice.
He didn't need it.
Molina's pinch-hit double with two outs in the 10th inning drove in
to give the Giants a 1-0 win over the
San Diego Padres
''I was too tired for (batting practice),'' said Molina, who started the Giants' first 13 games before
caught against the Padres. ''I had a couple swings in the cage, I was warmed up and I was ready.''
Molina's hit completed a two-game sweep of the Padres and gave the Giants a 4-1 record on their homestand after the team lost
six straight on the road.
It came in front 26,593 fans, San Francisco's smallest crowd since moving into AT&T Park in 2000, and left the Giants in a
much better mood as they packed for a three-game series at Arizona.
''Today was a perfect win we can build off of,'' closer
said. ''Everyone contributed. I think it has to do with being at home. Every sports team plays better at home.''
That includes San Diego, which ended its 10-day, eight-game road trip with a 4-4 record and three straight losses.
''We played three good teams and .500 isn't bad,'' said
, who allowed two hits over seven innings but didn't get a decision. ''We'll take it, but we could have easily won a couple
more of those games. So it was decent but not satisfying.''
Torres hit a one-out single off
(0-2) and stole second. After
struck out, Moreno intentionally walked
before Molina hit a ground-rule double that bounced over the wall in left-center.
The Giants managed only four hits, but two came in the 10th. San Francisco won despite scoring fewer than three runs for the
fifth time in six games.
''I figured they would go with Bengie, but he's been on the bench for 10 innings and pinch hitting is such a tough job,''
said. ''Edwin threw a good pitch and Bengie hit a high fly ball that we couldn't track down.''
Wilson (1-0) pitched two shutout innings for the win.
Equally important as Molina's hit was the performance of starting pitcher
, who threw seven shutout innings and lowered his ERA from 10.00 to 5.63.
Zito allowed just one runner past second base and kept the Padres off balance with a mixture of snapping curves and a fastball
that was his most effective of the young season. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the first time since June
''I just wanted to be aggressive today and let the hitters on the other side earn it themselves instead of falling behind
and giving them free passes,'' said Zito, winless in three starts. ''As good a (rotation) that we have, we want to go out
and help the team more than the last guy did. Some of these outings were pretty impressive, but I'm just glad to get a win
It didn't get easier for San Diego against San Francisco's bullpen.
doubled off reliever
leading off the eighth and was sacrificed to third, but left-hander
replaced Howry and struck out
Young retired 12 of his first 14 batters and didn't allow a hit until
's leadoff single in the fifth. He then walked
but got out of trouble by retiring the next three hitters in order.
The Giants got two runners on in the sixth but couldn't break through against Young, who had three strikeouts and four walks.
Notes: Because of Thursday's off day, the Giants will skip LHP
's turn in the rotation and instead start RHP
(0-1) against Arizona on Friday. Giants manager
said Sanchez will be available to pitch out of the bullpen for the next few days. ... Padres OF
will undergo an MRI on his right knee in San Diego on Thursday. Floyd had fluid drained from the knee last weekend. ... Giants
got the day off.