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SF@SD: O-Dog's bases-loaded single puts Padres ahead

SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Phillips had a rough 11th inning.

In the final inning of the Padres' 4-3 loss to the Giants, the catcher made an errant throw to second base that advanced a stealing runner to third, then bunted into a 2-5-4 double play in the bottom of the inning

"I'm fired up," Phillips said after the game. "I mean, you guys saw it. Forty thousand people saw it, you know. The people who didn't see it, they'll read it tomorrow."

Phillips shouldered much of the blame for the loss on himself after the game, though his teammates and Padres manager Bud Black said he shouldn't.

Wherever the breakdown, or breakdowns, occurred, it certainly happened.

The Giants' Emmanuel Burriss was on first base with one out in the 11th inning after hitting a single when he took off for second. Phillips' throw was too high and sailed into center field, allowing Burriss to reach third base.

Chris Stewart dropped a textbook squeeze bunt to score Burriss from third.

And then there was Phillips' bunt in the bottom of the inning with runners on first and second with no outs.

"I didn't have a great game," Phillips said. "I had a chance to redeem myself late in the game with a [chance to] bunt the guys over. I got the bunt down and things didn't go our way.

"It's not easy to lay down a bunt on a guy who's throwing 92 mph cutters."

That guy was Giants closer Brian Wilson, who walked three batters in the inning but still picked up his 28th save of the season.

Still, like the players reiterated, Phillips' 11th inning didn't account for anything that happened in the first 10. The Padres just got beat at their own game.

San Francisco's bullpen grinded the game out longer -- holding San Diego scoreless from the seventh inning on -- and the Giants stole six bases in the game.

"That's not our forte," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "That's one of those games where you say, 'All's well that ends well' if you win it. Because we made a couple of mistakes out there early."

In fact, the last time the Giants had six stolen bases in a game was Sept. 8, 1987, against Houston. Even 6-foot-2, 220-pound catcher Eli Whiteside had a stolen base -- his first of the season.

"When in Rome, sometimes you do what you have to do," Burriss said.

Black said the six stolen bags weren't on any one player. Black pinned Whiteside's steal, for example, on a high throw by starting pitcher Mat Latos.

As for Latos, he pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out five. Latos came into Sunday's outing with one run of support in his last two starts combined. He received more than that Sunday, but came away with the no-decision.

"I felt fine," Latos said. "I felt like I had good command of my slider, good command of my pitches, for the most part.

"They have veteran guys, veteran hitters. They know what they're doing. They go up there with a plan every time and execute it. It's just, I feel like I did a really good job out there. There was nothing but weak ground balls and weak line drives that found their way through."

Black said his young right-hander's fastball has been crisper, and thought Latos gave a good effort.

On the other side of Latos, Matt Cain gave the Giants an equally strong outing. Cain threw six innings and surrendered three runs on as many hits. The righty struck out nine, at one point punching out four straight.

Offensively, the Padres and Giants went back and forth all game.

The Padres scored the game's first run when Ryan Ludwick hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to score Will Venable. But San Diego didn't hold that lead.

San Francisco left fielder Cody Ross hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to knock in Nate Schierholtz, and Schierholtz drove in a run in the sixth with a single to center field. 

The Padres quickly answered that in their half of the sixth as Orlando Hudson drove in two runs when his ground-ball single rolled through the infield. 

Andres Torres knocked in the Giants' third run with a single to right field in the seventh inning to tie the game at 3.

From then on, the game came down to one thing.

"It came down to execution," Black said.

The Padres made some good defensive plays. Hudson made a big one when he fielded a ground ball in the ninth inning with one out and a runner on third base, held the runner at third and then threw to first for the out.

But eventually, the 4-3 loss came down to a lack of execution for the Padres, and Phillips heaped it all on himself.

"He doesn't need to feel anything. He does a good job. He's a great catcher," Latos said about Phillips. "That's just the way the game goes. He'll bounce back, he'll be fine. He's thrown runners out, he's caught great games." Comments