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Late rally awakens SF Giants offense for comeback win against Padres


SAN FRANCISCO — The baseball popped out of Ha-Seong Kim’s glove and breathed new life into the Giants’ stagnant offense.

The Padres shortstop failed to place the tag on Jorge Soler as he slid into second base, and moments later, the big-bodied designated hitter was chugging across home plate to score the go-ahead run in a hard-nosed 3-2 win Sunday afternoon in the rubber game against the NL West foes.

Soler should have been the final out of the eighth inning, after Michael Conforto bounced a would-be double-play grounder to Jake Cronenworth at first base. He tagged the bag to record one out and fired to second in time to nab Soler, but the ball bounded out of Kim’s glove and into center field.

Camilo Doval closed the door in the top of the ninth to earn his first save of the season and secure the Giants’ second come-from-behind win with a margin of just one run over the course of the three-game series.

Before Jung Hoo Lee raced home on a ground ball out to get the Giants on the board in the sixth inning, they had gone 15⅔ frames without scoring a run since Thairo Estrada’s walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth Friday night. They had mustered only three hits against a steady diet of knuckleballs from Matt Waldron, the Padres’ fifth starter, until Wilmer Flores and Soler broke through with a pair of base knocks against Johnny Brito to begin the rally in the bottom of the eighth.

Even while winning two of three, the Giants scored six total runs.

The win was only the Giants’ second in their past seven games, averaging only three runs over that stretch while taking a .188/.283/.302 batting line as a team over their previous six games into Sunday’s series finale.

It was nearly the same old story for Logan Webb, who pitched well but was in line for the loss until the eighth inning comeback.

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