SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson has seen his share of rough stretches, and there's only one way out. The Giants just have to keep working at it.
Hudson followed his worst start of the year with another bad result as San Francisco took its 11th loss in 14 games, losing to the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Tuesday night.
"In Chicago I was just bad," Hudson said. "Tonight, I felt pretty good. You have to give them credit, when I made a mistake they were able to capitalize."
Hudson (7-4) is not the only one in the rotation going through a rough time. The starters have an ERA over 5.00 during the Giants' recent struggles.
"It's fair to say it's our biggest issue during this tough stretch," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The rotation put us in a good position, and to get out of this it's going to be the pitchers who do it."
Jesse Hahn (3-1) and three Padres relievers limited the Giants to five hits, all of which came between the fifth and seventh innings.
Hudson lost for the first time at home this season, allowing six runs — four earned — on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.
"I made some bad pitches and they hit them," Hudson said. "You have to get out there and grind through things when you don't feel you're best."
Hudson has allowed a combined 13 runs over his last two starts after giving up 19 over his first 13. Hudson was 6-0 in his first 11 starts against San Diego and has since lost three of four.
Hahn pitched six strong innings, Alexi Amarista drove in three runs on three hits and Will Venable had two RBIs. Tommy Medica added a pinch-hit home run, the first of his career, with two outs in the eighth. Cameron Maybin also drove in a run.