Matt Szczur held hitless in Padres' win over Giants

Giants Open Second Half With Series Loss to Padres

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How desirable is playing for the San Francisco Giants? Matt Moore (3-9) will go for the Giants.

Jeff Samardzija, who is being scouted by playoff teams who might be interested in trading for him, struggled early, allowing seven runs in just three innings.

Nunez returned to the Giants' on Friday night after spending almost a month on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, while Cueto was placed on the disabled list Saturday afternoon after blister issues that have caused him trouble throughout the 2017 season cropped up again during a short outing in the Giants-Padres series opener. He finished with eight strikeouts and zero walks, continuing his dominant K/BB ratio this season. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner returned from the disabled list Saturday and tossed seven strong innings but settled for a no-decision after Hector Sanchez belted a two-run homer in the ninth to give San Diego a 5-3 victory. Remarkably, Sanchez spent five of his seven Major League Baseball seasons with San Francisco, yet it took him just 14 at-bats against his former club to launch his fourth round-tripper. Blash was recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Friday to replace injured right fielder Hunter Renfroe (neck) and has gone 4-for-8 with a homer and three RBIs in the first two games of the series. Spangenberg's sixth home run of the season extended the Padres' lead to 7-1, and helped San Diego win its third straight series against the Giants to begin the season. He batted eighth and played center field. But during that same time period, Samardzija's earned run average has never dipped below 4.31, and after Sunday's start, it now sits at 4.86.

Brandon Crawford had an RBI double in the second inning, continuing his mini hot streak.

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