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Giants pull out much needed win over Padres

SAN DIEGO -- A night after the Oakland A's traded for two needed pitchers, the San Francisco Giants enjoyed the return of a pair of thunderous bats.

Michael Morse's first homer in a month tied the game in the top of the ninth and Brandon Belt's first hit since coming off the disabled list was a homer that drove in the go-ahead run an inning later in a sorely needed 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants had just two hits through the first eight innings and looked headed for their 19th loss in 24 games, but Morse drove a Huston Street slider into the left field seats while leading off the ninth. Street had converted his first 23 save opportunities of the season and entered with a 3-2 lead. After Sergio Romo wiggled out of a jam in the bottom of the inning -- with help from shortstop Brandon Crawford -- Hunter Pence led off the top of the 10th with a hustle double. Belt followed with a two-run homer.

Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne played a prominent role in the Giants' June swoon, throwing seven shutout innings on June 23 in his Major League debut. The right-hander wasn't as sharp Saturday, giving up a slew of hard-hit balls, but he limited the Giants to two hits and one run through six innings. Gregor Blanco gave the Giants an early lead with a solo blast in the second, his first of the season.

Tim Hudson faced the minimum through five innings, erasing the lone hit with a double play. The Padres tied the game in the sixth on two singles and a sacrifice fly. Hudson was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 2.53.

Two walks, a balk and a sacrifice fly from Joe Panik gave the Giants a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh, but struggling right-hander Jean Machi gave it right back. Yasmani Grandal hit a one-out double in the bottom of the inning and Jake Goebbert followed with a triple to right-center. Goebbert scored on Cameron Maybin's flyout to deep center.

After Morse tied the game, Romo came on and gave up a liner to Chase Headley that went for a leadoff double when a diving Morse couldn't come up with it in left. Crawford saved the game with a diving stop of Yasmani Grandal's hard shot up the middle and Romo got a popup and strikeout to strand the winning run at third.

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