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Hairston helps red-hot Padres edge Giants
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Hairston helps red-hot Padres edge Giants

Published May. 22, 2009 6:57 a.m. ET

Scott Hairston singled in the winning run to cap a two-run rally in the ninth inning and give San Diego a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night.

Hairston's bases-loaded single with two outs off Brian Wilson (2-3) gave the Padres their season-high sixth straight win on a day when ace pitcher Jake Peavy nixed a trade so that he could stay with the Padres.

Before extending its winning streak, San Diego retained Peavy when he turned down a trade to the Chicago White Sox, choosing Thursday to remain with his longtime team. The Padres and White Sox had reached an agreement, but needed the 2007 Cy Young Award winner to waive his no-trade clause.

San Diego did complete one trade Thursday, getting outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., son of Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, from Milwaukee for outfielder Jody Gerut.

Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the ninth with an infield single and was sacrificed to second. Gwynn Jr. made his Padres debut with a pinch-hit walk. After pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez struck out, Brian Giles walked to load the bases.

Wilson then hit Eckstein in the left shoulder to force in the tying run before Hairston lined a single to left for the win.

Heath Bell (2-0) who gave up his first earned run of the season picked up the win. Randy Winn's RBI single off Bell gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead in the ninth.

The Giants wasted a solid outing by reigning NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. He struck out 10, walked one and hit one batter.

Lincecum struck out 10 batters or more for the third time this season and the 14th in his career.

Kevin Correia matched Lincecum as he faced his former team for the first time after spending the first seven years of his career with San Francisco before signing with the Padres as a minor-league free agent in the offseason.

Correia retired the first nine Giants in order. The right-hander allowed just two singles before he gave up a two-out solo homer to Aaron Rowand in the sixth to tie the game at 1-all.

Correia gave up one run on six hits over 6 1-3 innings.

Eckstein gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the third inning with followed with bloop single that scored Chris Burke from third.


Lincecum's only loss this season was on April 12 in a 6-3 defeat at San Diego when he allowed a career-high 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings. ... Giant INF Jesus Guzman, called up from Triple-A Fresno before the game, made his major league debut by grounding into a double play in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter. ... Gerut said he was "shocked" by the news of the trade. "There's no other word for it," he said.


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