The right-hander will also seek to help the Giants end a four-game losing streak to the Milwaukee Brewers in the series opener at AT&T Park.
Gaudin (5-2, 2.64 ERA) is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last six starts but was tagged for six runs over 3 2-3 innings in an 8-3 loss to Cincinnati on July 24. He bounced back from that difficult outing by giving up just a solo homer and three singles over seven innings in a 9-2 victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Gaudin has allowed one or no runs in five of his last six outings, and he'll next try to aid the Giants' attempt to avoid a third consecutive loss and their eighth in nine home games. San Francisco (49-61) won three straight before back-to-back defeats in Tampa Bay over the weekend and couldn't hold on to a one-run lead in a 4-3 loss Sunday.
"It is (disappointing) to come in here and lose two tough ones like this, especially with the little things that got us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We had a chance to add on runs a couple times. We couldn't do it, and those things usually come back to haunt you."
"We're not getting any production from our leadoff hitters," said Bochy, whose leadoff hitters have a cumulative .247 batting average. "We're definitely going through a tough time and we're going to change things up here a little bit. We've talked about Pence going there. (Pence) says he's done it before, and Scutaro has experience there, and he's done a good job of it."
San Francisco will try to end its brief skid and win for the sixth time in eight home games against Milwaukee (47-64). The Brewers, though, swept the only series between the clubs this season April 16-18 and head into this matchup having won five of their last eight road games.
Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday by rallying for an 8-5 victory against visiting Washington. After falling behind 4-1 in the top of the sixth, the Brewers scored five times in the bottom of the frame.
Jeff Bianchi drove in the tiebreaking runs with a bloop single and has nine of his 16 RBIs in his last eight games.
"One inning, sometimes it's just one big at-bat - you don't know what's going to turn things around," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We got some breaks."
Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.22) will try to keep Milwaukee heading in the right direction with another strong outing. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings in his first start this season and fourth in the majors but did not get a decision in a 3-2 win at the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.
Thornburg, filling in for an injured Yovani Gallardo , will face San Francisco for the first time and Gaudin will make his first start against Milwaukee since July 31, 2009. Gaudin did not get a decision in an 11-7 win for San Diego after giving up seven runs - three earned - in just 1 2-3 innings.
|August 02, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||Day-to-Day||Left elbow contusion|
|July 31, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 30, 2013||Yovani Gallardo||Day-to-Day||Left hamstring tightness|
|July 27, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right forearm tightness|
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|July 21, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sore left elbow|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 31, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Bruised right heel|
|July 30, 2013||Buster Posey||Day-to-Day||Ill|
|July 29, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee bursitis|
|July 25, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|July 21, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|July 09, 2013||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Jeff Francoeur knew he had to change something in his hitting after a futile start to the last road trip. With the help of Giants coaches, he adjusted his batting stance and saw immediate results.
Francoeur delivered a broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in the go-ahead run in San Francisco's 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
"I made quite a few adjustments," Francoeur said. "I basically went back to my toe-tapping, something I was doing with Atlanta and got away from in Kansas City. I felt good going to the plate tonight."
Brandon Belt had three hits for the Giants, who won their fourth in six games. Hunter Pence walked three times and stole two bases.
"I just try to have good at bats and that's what happened," said Pence, who walked a total of three times in his previous 30 games combined. "The game dictates itself."
Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched the eighth for the win, while John Axford (4-5) took the loss. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Juan Francisco hit a home run and drove in two for the Brewers, who have lost four of five. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy each had two hits.
"We had opportunities and we didn't come through," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "There were a couple of missed calls that hurt us and they got a couple of breaks."
Giants starter Chad Gaudin gave up a run on four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg went six innings, allowing an unearned run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four. Thornburg has allowed one earned run on the road through his first five major-league appearances, a span of 21 innings.
He's mostly upset about missing a squeeze bunt in the third that would have put Milwaukee ahead.
"Definitely the bunt," Thornburg said. "That's something I am going to think about all night even though I will try to flush it. I hit in college and it's something I pride myself on to get runs for myself. It was buntable."
The Giants had runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings and were 0 for 9 in those situations. They were 1 for 13 overall.
"We didn't get anything going until the last inning," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We needed something."
In the fourth, Belt and Roger Kieschnick each singled to start the inning. Gregor Blanco followed with a sharp grounder to Francisco at first, who threw the ball into left field trying for the out at second. That allowed Belt to score and give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
The Brewers evened things in the seventh, with Francisco's ground-rule double driving in a run.
In the eighth, Axford walked Pence, who stole second, to start the inning. After Buster Posey hit a deep drive to centerfield, Axford walked Pablo Sandoval intentionally, throwing wildly on the fourth ball to allow Pence to reach third.
"I've had success with Pence in the past," Axford said. "You never want to put the first runner on in a tight ballgame like that."
Rob Wooten came in to pitch and walked Belt to load the bases. He was replaced by Michael Gonzalez , who gave up Francoeur's go-ahead hit. Jeff Bianchi mishandled Blanco's grounder, allowing two more runs to score.
Javier Lopez got pinch hitter Rickie Weeks to ground into a double play with the bases loaded in the seventh to preserve the tie.
"Javy saved us," Bochy said. "It was a tough spot to put him in and you can't ask for a bigger double play, especially late in the game."
Francisco added a solo shot in the ninth.
NOTES: Brewers IF Aramis Ramirez (left patellar tendinitis) ran the bases and will do so again on Wednesday. He will then be reevaluated and could join the team in Seattle this weekend. ... Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (left hamstring strain) will play long toss in the next few days after reporting some tightness following his long toss session on Saturday. ... Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler has not allowed a run in his last 12 outings, a span of 15 innings. ... RHP Wily Peralta (7-11, 4.57) will start for the Brewers on Tuesday. He's lost his last two starts. ... RHP Matt Cain (7-6, 4.57) makes the start for the Giants Tuesday. He's 3-6 in 10 starts against the Brewers. ... Giants IF Marco Scutaro made his first start as a leadoff hitter since last Aug. 2. ... Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles . It will be his first start breaking a finger on May 20. ... RHP Guillermo Moscoso will be moved to the bullpen to make way for Vogelsong in the rotation. ... Pence became the first Giants player to walk three times and steal two bases in a game since Jose Cruz did it in April of 2003.