SAN DIEGO – Darren Lewis drove in three runs on three hits, including two triples, and San Francisco roughed up Wally Whitehurst in his home debut as the Giants beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 Sunday.
Bill Swift (5-1) won his fifth straight game as the first-place Giants won for the fifth time in six games. The Padres have lost six of seven. After getting only 10 hits in the first two games of the series, the Giants had 13 hits off five Padres pitchers.
Whitehurst (0-2) was leading 2-0 on a two-hitter when the Giants scored four runs on four singles, two walks, two errors and the hit batsman in the sixth.
Whitehurst’s troubles started when he overthrew first baseman Fred McGriff after fielding Lewis’ high hopper back to the mound, allowing Kirt Manwaring to score from second. Lewis scored on Will Clark’s two-out single to tie the game. After Matt Williams reached on an infield single, McGriff threw the ball into center field trying to get Clark.
Barry Bonds was intentionally walked to load the bases and Willie McGee then walked to put the Giants ahead. When Whitehurst hit Royce Clayton with a pitch, Tim Scott came on to get the third out.
Whitehurst allowed six hits and four runs, one earned, struck out four and walked one. He was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and lost his season debut that night in Cincinnati. He returned home to Madisonville, La., on Wednesday to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, and rejoined the Padres on Saturday.
Swift allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1-3 innings with two walks and one strikeout. He singled to lead off the seventh and scored on Lewis’ triple, and Lewis scored on Robby Thompson’s sacrifice fly.
The Padres chased Swift with three straight hits in the seventh.