Posted September 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
Hunter Pence hit his career-best 26th home run to back a shaky outing by Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 7-3 Friday night. Brandon Belt and Juan Perez also homered for San Francisco in the first game of the season-ending series between two teams battling to stay out of the cellar in the NL West. Vogelsong (4-6) gave up a pair of runs in the first three innings and had to pitch out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth to win for the first time since Aug. 25. Chris Denorfia singled and scored twice for the Padres, who lost for the sixth time in seven games at San Francisco's waterfront ballpark. An hour after receiving San Francisco's 2013 ''Willie Mac Award,'' given out annually to the most inspirational Giants player, Pence homered off San Diego starter Burch Smith to cap a three-run third inning. The 30-year-old outfielder is set to become a free agent this offseason and has already stated his desire to return to San Francisco. Belt also...
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