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San Francisco Giants win in extras for second straight day, Dereck Rodriguez again strong

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The San Francisco Giants won in extra innings for a second consecutive day, sweeping a two-game set in San Diego with a 3-2, 10-inning win over the host Padres.

Brandon Crawford’s two-out single in the top of the 10th off of Phil Maton scored Evan Longoria, who led off the inning with a triple. The two-out knock saved the Giants from squandering a critical opportunity like they had in the top of the eighth inning, before San Diego (42-68) tied the game.

Ahead 2-1 in the top of the eighth, San Francisco (55-54) loaded the bases with no outs against rookie right-hander Robert Stock, but the USC product struck out Crawford — the former UCLA Bruin — and then got pinch-hitter Joe Panik to ground into a force out and induced a Gorkys Hernandez fly out to end the inning.

The Padres took the momentum and tied the game in the bottom half with a Jose Pirela walk and Travis Jankowski seeing-eye single to put men on the corners. With the middle infield playing back, Manuel Margot’s grounder tied the game, but Reyes Moronta avoided further damage.

The run allowed in the eighth cost Dereck Rodriguez a win, but the rookie was impressive once again. Despite a lack of overpowering stuff, he allowed just three hits and three walks over seven innings, striking out seven. It was the sixth straight start in which Rodriguez has gone at least six innings, and allowed two earned runs or fewer.

The lone run he surrendered came in the first inning as Wil Myers reached on an infield hit and scored on Eric Hosmer’s double.

Hernandez’s sac fly tied the game in the fourth after a trio of singles, capped off by a Hunter Pence infield hit. Andrew McCutchen’s opposite-field homer — his 11th round-tripper of the year — gave the Giants the lead in the fifth.

Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed two runs in five innings, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out just one Giants batter. Jordan Lyles held San Francisco scoreless over the sixth and seventh after Richard was removed for a pinch-hitter, and Kirby Yates took care of the ninth after Stock escaped the eighth. Maton got two outs in the top of the tenth after Longoria’s triple, but he couldn’t retire Crawford and was pinned with the loss.

Tony Watson pitched the ninth and was credited with his fourth win of the season, while Will Smith finished it off for his sixth save by retiring Myers on a comebacker.

With their third straight win, the Giants are now back over .500 and will head to Arizona, taking Wednesday off before a four-game series with the Diamondbacks. They swept Arizona in a three-game set at Chase Field from June 29 to July 1.

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