SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt scored from first base when pinch-hitter Hunter Pence’s bloop double to short right field fell between two San Diego Padres players with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 victory Monday night.
Johnny Cueto (7-1) allowed two hits in his third complete-game win over San Diego this season. The right-hander struck out six and didn’t walk a batter while becoming the first San Francisco pitcher since Jason Schmidt in 2004 to win seven times in his first 10 starts.
Cueto appeared headed for a no-decision before Pence’s game-ending hit.
Belt led off the ninth with a single against Brad Hand (1-1). Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco both struck out swinging before Pence lofted a shallow fly on a 1-1 pitch. The ball dropped between right fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Alexi Amarista as they chased in vain.
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