SAN DIEGO -- For the first time in weeks, the Giants were able to hit repeat on their victory soundtrack.

A 10-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Petco Park gave the Giants back-to-back victories, something they had not done since taking two from the Padres on June 18-19. The Giants tied a season-high with 17 hits and got contributions from hitters up and down the lineup.

"It's great to see the offense break out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We put together back-to-back well-played games."

The Giants led just 2-1 heading into the sixth inning, but they hammered the Padres bullpen. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Marco Scutaro made it 3-1 with an infield single. Buster Posey followed with a two-run single to right field.

Four of the first five Giants reached base in the seventh, and Posey provided the big blow with a two-run double to left field. Posey, who had a five-hit game earlier this week, had five RBIs on Friday night.

The five-run inning was the Giants' first since a June 13 win in Pittsburgh that also was the last time they hit double-digits on the scoreboard. Friday night's game marked just the third time since June 13 that the Giants scored at least six runs.

The newfound offensive rhythm came from all over the lineup. Leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco scored four runs, and Scutaro had three hits and a walk before being pulled after the seventh-inning explosion. Cleanup hitter Pablo Sandoval had a run-scoring double in the fifth and reached base three times.


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When the Giants have been at their best this season, it has often been the bottom of the lineup that has carried the offensive load. Kensuke Tanaka had two hits and two runs out of the No. 7 spot, and Brandon Crawford reached base four straight times in the eight spot. Crawford has slumped terribly after spraining his fingers in June, but he has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats.

"He's coming to really come around with the bat," Bochy said. "I do think that (injury) is behind him."

The outburst accompanied another strong start from Chad Gaudin, who was charged with one earned run while pitching into the sixth. Gaudin was pitching two days after it was revealed that he faces lewdness charges in Las Vegas.

"I was prepared just like any other start," Gaudin said. "I just stayed focused on my job and on doing what I have to do to help this team win games."

Gaudin left with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth, but Jose Mijares got a pop-up and two strikeouts as the Giants escaped the inning unscathed.

"He's the player of the game," Gaudin said.

  • Bochy expects to have up to four All-Star roster spots to fill Sunday and plans to give one of them to Sergio Romo. Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright will need to be replaced after starting Sunday, and Bochy likely will also get to replace Chicago's Travis Wood. Washington's Jordan Zimmermann will not pitch in the All-Star game because of a neck injury.

    Romo entered Friday's games ranked fifth in the National League with 21 saves. Bochy cannot officially name him to the team until Sunday and joked that he liked it that way.

    "I like having a little leverage," Bochy said, smiling.

    The selection would be Romo's first and would give the Giants four All-Stars. Posey and Scutaro are reserves, and Madison Bumgarner might see action out of the bullpen.

  • Santiago Casilla will be brought off the disabled list Saturday, and Jeff Francoeur might join him on the active roster. Francoeur, a veteran outfielder, was signed earlier this week and has been getting up to speed with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. The Giants began the season with a platoon of Blanco and Andres Torres in left field and now are about to form another one. Bochy said Tanaka will play against right-handed pitchers, and Francoeur will get most of the time against left-handers.

    Saturday's game
    Giants (Tim Lincecum 4-9) at San Diego (Edinson Volquez 6-7), 7:10 p.m. NBC Bay Area