The Sports Xchange

Padres 6, Giants 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cuban native Odrisamer Despaigne tossed seven scoreless innings in his major league debut, and first baseman Tommy Medica's two-run double provided the big blow the San Diego Padres needed in a 6-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday at AT&T Park.

Despaigne required only 86 pitches to negotiate the seven innings. He surrendered four hits and no walks, and he struck out one. He retired the first 10 hitters he faced, not allowing a runner until Giants right fielder Hunter Pence dumped a double into right-center with one out in the fourth inning.

Medica provided the punch, lining a double off the glove of leaping Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval with two outs in the fourth. Medica's blow scored right fielder Seth Smith and catcher Yasmani Grandal and took away some of the sting the Padres felt when Grandal's apparent three-run homer was reversed after a replay review and called a double.

San Diego scored all of its runs against San Francisco starter Matt Cain, who is winless in his past five starts. Cain lasted 7 1/3 innings and exited after surrendering shortstop Everth Cabrera's RBI groundball single. On the play, Pence threw the ball into the Giants' dugout, scoring a second run.

Cain has allowed 17 earned runs over 17 1/3 innings in his past three starts.

Smith's RBI double in the eighth off Giants reliever Javier Lopez finished the scoring for San Diego.

Cain pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since earning his only victory in 11 starts this season, May 15 against the Miami Marlins. His seven strikeouts against San Diego were his most since that start.

Despaigne had no such trouble in his first-ever start. The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 7.61 ERA in five starts with Triple-A El Paso, but he baffled the Giants with a variety of pitches thrown from different angles and never was in trouble.

Only Pence, who doubled in the fourth, and center fielder Gregor Blanco, who did the same in the sixth, reached second base against Despaigne. The native of Havana pitched the previous eight seasons for the Havana Industriales in Cuba's Serie Nacional.

Grandal's apparent home run helped break a scoreless tie in the fourth. With runners at the corners, Grandal launched one high off the right-center-field wall that a fan caught. The call, originally ruled a home run, was revered after an umpire review, and Padres manager Bud Black was ejected when he argued the ruling.

After Smith and Grandal were sent back to second and third, respectively, Medica smashed his double off Sandoval's glove to score them both.

NOTES: Padres RHP Andrew Cashner was placed on the 15-day disabled list because right shoulder soreness. Manager Bud Black said the team wants to see if the natural soreness Cashner is experiencing "alleviates itself." ... RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, promoted from Triple-A El Paso, became the 10th Padres pitcher to start a game this season. ... The Giants placed 2B Ehire Adrianza on the 15-day DL due to a strained right hamstring, and they recalled OF Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno. Joe Panik, called up Saturday, figures to receive the bulk of playing time at second base. ... Giants CF Angel Pagan (back) missed his seventh consecutive game but took batting practice and fielded fly balls before the game. ... San Diego 2B Chase Headley (back) missed his fourth game in a row, but he may return Tuesday, Black said. ... The Giants honored late San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn in a pregame ceremony.

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