Series: Game 3 of 4

San Francisco leads 2-1 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Thursday, September 25
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San Francisco9
Game 2: Friday, September 26
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San Francisco1
Game 3: Saturday, September 27
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San Francisco3
Game 4: Sunday, September 28
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San Francisco9

Padres 1

(77-84, 29-51 away)

Giants 3

(87-74, 44-36 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 27, 2014

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: H. Strickland (1-0)

    L: D. Thayer (4-5)

    S: S. Casilla (19)

    Padres-Giants Preview


    San Francisco's Jake Peavy enjoyed his best seasons early in his career with the San Diego Padres, including a 2007 NL Cy Young award and a pair of ERA titles.

    Since enduring his worst stretch earlier this season, Peavy has recaptured his previous All-Star form as he goes after his fifth straight win for the Giants on Saturday in his first start against the visiting Padres.

    Peavy (6-4, 2.20 ERA), a 15th-round draft pick by San Diego in 1999, went 92-68 with 3.29 ERA over seven-plus seasons with the Padres before getting moved to the Chicago White Sox at the '09 trade deadline.

    His best year came in '07 when he went 19-6 with a 2.54 mark to win the NL's pitching triple crown and become the league's 10th player to win the Cy Young award by a unanimous vote.

    Peavy, however, went 0-11 with a 5.45 ERA over a 16-start stretch with Boston and San Francisco earlier this season before turning things around with a 6-1 record and MLB-best 1.31 ERA since Aug. 13.

    The three-time All-Star had won four starts in a row before allowing two runs and four hits over seven innings in Monday's 5-2, 13-inning victory at Dodger Stadium.

    Now he'll try to win five straight decisions for the first time since the '07 season as he faces his former club.

    The banged-up Giants (86-74) hope to avoid their 10th loss in 14 games following Friday's 4-1 defeat. They'll play on the road against Pittsburgh or St. Louis in Wednesday's wild-card playoff.

    "We wanted (a home game) for our fans but hey it didn't happen," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We look forward to going on the road, just having a chance."

    Brandon Belt had two of the team's five hits Friday, leaving him 4 for 7 in the series. Belt, however, is 3 for 18 lifetime versus San Diego starter Eric Stults (8-17, 4.42).

    Stults averted a MLB-leading 18th loss with a strong outing Monday. He scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in a 1-0 home win over Colorado, improving to 5-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 10 starts since Aug. 1.

    "He's kept at it, because that's how his mentality is," infielder Jedd Gyorko told MLB's official website. "He'll battle his (rear) off. The way he has pitched in the second half has been impressive."

    Stults, however, is 2/3 with a 5.75 ERA in eight career starts in San Francisco. He's making his fourth start against the Giants this season, going 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA.

    The left-hander surrendered five runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss at AT&T Park on April 29.

    Angel Pagan and Buster Posey went deep off Stults in that contest, but Pagan is out following season-ending neck surgery and Posey is likely to be rested due to soreness in his back.

    Michael Morse has a home run and two doubles in seven at-bats in the matchup, though he's also expected to be sidelined because of a strained oblique.

    San Diego's Seth Smith broke out of a 10-for-82 slump with two hits Friday, including a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning to help the Padres (77-83) clinch the season series for the first time since 2010.

    Rene Rivera is 10 for 25 with 12 RBIs in his last seven games versus San Francisco after a two-hit, two-RBI effort. Yasmani Grandal, who added a run-scoring single, is 10 for 24 with 11 RBIs in his last seven meetings.

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    Gameday Matchup

     San DiegoSan Francisco
    Current StreakL2W2
    Last 106-44-6

    Pitching Matchup

    San DiegoSan Francisco
    E. Stults
    8-17, 4.30 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at SF
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND
    J. Peavy
    7-13, 3.73 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs SD
    5.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.San DiegoSan Francisco
    1. W. Venable, RF G. Brown, CF
    2. C. Spangenberg, 2B M. Duffy, 2B
    3. Y. Grandal, C B. Belt, 1B
    4. S. Smith, LF A. Susac, C
    5. Y. Solarte, 3B J. Arias, 3B
    6. A. Amarista, SS B. Crawford, SS
    7. J. Goebbert, 1B C. Dominguez, LF
    8. C. Maybin, CF J. Perez, RF
    9. E. Stults, P J. Peavy, P