Cueto struggles, but Sandoval's HR helps Giants top Padres

Preview: Padres at Giants

The 5-4 victory was one the Giants may not have wanted, though, as it will cost San Francisco the No. 1 overall pick in next season's first-year players draft. He has made 22 starts and four relief appearances this season, and he last pitched on August 31, when he started and allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Padres (71-91) lost for the sixth time in seven games as they concluded their seventh straight losing season with a modest improvement of three more wins than last season.

It was a disaster year for San Francisco, and Sandoval wasn't very good with them or the Red Sox. San Francisco is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 1-5 in Cueto's last 6 home starts while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 division matchups.

Perdomo tripled leading off the fourth inning, his fifth of the year and his second against the Giants.

Jarrett Parker added on with a grounder into right field to send Posey home, and Hundley sprinted out a ground ball to third to beat the back-end of a double play and score Crawford. Johnny Cueto will start the finale and is 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. San Francisco almost pulled off a series win over the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks this week but surrendered three runs in the ninth inning on Wednesday and allowed the winning run to score on a bases-loaded walk in a 4-3 setback. His on-base percentage is.350, his OPS.704. Matt Cain went five scoreless innings in his final career start, giving up just two hits while striking out four.

With a tie game in the top of the eighth, Bochy used three different relievers to sit down three Padres' hitters, as Steven Okert, Cory Gearrin and Hunter Strickland all recorded outs.



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