Heston shuts down Pads, Sanchez hits slam in 9-3 Giants win
San Francisco Giants' Hector Sanchez swings on a grand slam against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in San Diego.
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne squats on the mound as San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford rounds the bases with a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in San Diego.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Chris Heston took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Hector Sanchez hit an impressive grand slam for one of three San Francisco Giants home runs in a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Heston, who no-hit the New York Mets on June 9, allowed one hit and faced just two over the minimum in 7 1-3 innings. He received a standing ovation from the many Giants fans in the stands above the third-base dugout when he was pulled by manager Bruce Bochy after issuing a one-out walk in the seventh. He struck out six and walked two.
Heston and two relievers combined on a four-hitter. The Padres scored three unearned runs in the ninth.
Heston (10-5) didn't allow a hit until Melvin Upton Jr.'s broken-bat, bloop single over the outstretched glove of second baseman Joe Panik leading off the sixth. Upton was erased on a double play.
Otherwise, Heston shut down the Padres, ending their season-high, five-game winning streak under interim manager Pat Murphy. The 27-year-old right-hander didn't allow a baserunner until he hit Matt Kemp with a pitch with two outs in the fourth. The pitch hit Kemp on the left arm and caromed off his right shoulder, knocking him to the ground. Kemp, who came in with a season-high, eight-game hitting streak, left the game after flying out in the seventh.
Sanchez's bat flip after his moonshot grand slam in the sixth angered the Padres. After Sanchez grounded out in the ninth, Padres pitcher Shawn Kelley said something to him as he headed back to the dugout and both benches and bullpens cleared. The umps restored order.
Sanchez's grand slam gave San Francisco a 9-0 lead.
Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne allowed Hunter Pence's infield single leading off the sixth and made way for Dale Thayer. Thayer struck out Brandon Belt before allowing a single to Brandon Crawford and a walk to Gregor Blanco before Sanchez drove a 93-mph fastball an estimated 428 feet into the seats. It was his second career slam and the sixth by the Giants this season.
Pence hit a 434-foot home run that almost landed in the Giants' bullpen beyond the fence in left-center leading off the second. It was his fifth. Another run scored on a double play.
Crawford gave the Giants a 5-0 lead when he hit a three-run homer into the Jack Daniel's party deck atop the right field wall with one out in the fourth. It was his 13th.
Despaigne (3-7) allowed six runs and seven hits in five-plus innings, struck out one and walked two.
Giants: Bochy said LHP Jeremy Affeldt, on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, threw another bullpen session and could be activated this weekend. ... Bochy didn't have an update on RHP Tim Lincecum, who had cortisone shots in both hips on Monday for a degenerative condition. Bochy said Lincecum, who's also on the DL, will try and throw in four days.
Padres: Assistant general manager Josh Stein said LF Justin Upton is expected to return to the lineup before this homestand ends Sunday. He's been out since Sunday with a strained muscle in his side. ... RHP Brandon Morrow, on the DL since early May, will throw a bullpen Wednesday and then is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso this weekend.
Giants: RHP Matt Cain (1-1, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season in the series finale. Cain had elbow surgery in 2014 and had been sidelined this season with a strained flexor tendon.
Padres: RHP James Shields (8-3, 3.92) hopes he doesn't have to wait as long for his ninth victory as he did his eighth. It took him eight starts in a span of six weeks to get his eighth win, a 4-2 decision over Colorado on Friday.