Giants play another 1-run game, lose 2-1 to Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 1:32 am •  Published: April 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have played eight straight games decided by one run, losing four of them.

They've scored two runs in the last 19 innings and four in the last 26.

"We have to get these bats going," manager Bruce Bochy said after Tyson Ross pitched the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory Friday night.

Ross held the Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings. It was Matt Cain's third straight loss.

"We're a little cold here the last few games," Bochy said. "But their guy pitched very well, kept us off balance, had good stuff and shut us down."

Ross (2-2) beat Cain five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander was rarely in trouble, despite allowing a leadoff double to Angel Pagan. Ross then retired the next eight batters. He walked one.

"From there he really made pitches. I thought his stuff was outstanding," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He was in a pitching duel with one of the proven National League pitchers in Matt Cain, and matched him. It was a great, great pitching duel."

Pablo Sandoval was the only Giants runner to reach third base against Ross, after hitting a single leading off the seventh and advancing on a walk and a double play. Sandoval was stranded when Ross got Brandon Crawford to line to shortstop.

Asked if his players are pressing, Bochy said: "Maybe a couple of them. They're big boys. They have to fight through this. It's early. I think without question there's a couple of them pressing up there. What we have to do is to stop going out of the strike zone. We've done it quite a bit here over the last two games."

Cain (0-3) allowed four hits and one unearned run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking two.

The eight consecutive games decided by one run is the most for the Giants since another streak of eight in a row in August 1910, according to STATS.

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