Giants Pound Padres 8-3

The long ball was a friend to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants hit five homers off San Diego Padres pitching. The long ball accounted for all of the Giants runs on the day, and all were hit by different players in an 8-3 Giant win.<br><br> The Padres acquired first baseman Todd Sears from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league infielder Alex Garcia on Tuesday.

Ben Howard gave up two solo home runs, both to the innings' leadoff hitter. One was smacked by Yorvit Torrealba in the third and the other by Rich Aurilia in the fourth. Barry Bonds was the only other Giant to have a hit up to that point. Howard (1-1) allowed one more single in five innings of work. He walked five and struck out two. He left in a 2-1 game.

Gary Matthews singled to center to start off the second inning. He moved to second on a Ramon Vasquez ground out and scored on a two out RBI by rookie catcher Humberto Quintero. It was the first RBI of Quintero's young career and it came on a 1-2 pitch in his first major league start. Quintero got a hit in his first major league at bat.

Rookie Kevin Correia (2-1) got the win in his first career start against his hometown team. He allowed one run and four hits in five innings, struck out three and walked four in his fourth major league start.

JT Snow hit a two run home run in the seventh off Luther Hackman. Two outs and a walk to Bonds later, Marquis Grissom hit a two run shot to extend the Giants lead to 6-1.

Matthews knocked in a run in the eighth on an infield single, and Miguel Ojeda hit a sac fly to bring the Friars closer, 6-3.

With Bonds on base for the fifth time in the game, Edgardo Alfonzo hit the last dinger of the day in the ninth off Mike Bynum. Bonds was 2-2 with three walks on the day.

Notes:

Phil Nevin led the league with 10 RBI and tied for the league-lead with three home runs for the first week in September. He was named the National League Pepsi Player of the Week for his efforts. Nevin batted .333 (6-for-18) in five games, scored four runs, and led the NL with a slugging percentage of .889.

Padres right-hander Kevin Jarvis is experiencing pain in his right elbow.

The Giants have beaten the Padres 10 times in 13 games this season. The five home runs by the Giants were the most since they hit five against the Padres on April 7th of this year.

Grissom hit the 200th home run of his career.

The Padres acquired first baseman Todd Sears from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league infielder Alex Garcia on Tuesday.

The 27 year old Sears appeared in 24 games for the Twins this season, batting .246 with two doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs and has played in a total of 31 games since the Twins got him from the Rockies on July 16, 2000.

Sears is scheduled to report to the Padres on Wednesday.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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