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The Padres (74-81) swept the Giants (84-71) right out of San Diego this past weekend. Surprisingly, it had a lot to do with the offense. The Padres scored 16 runs in the three games, outscoring the Giants 16-4. They are now 9-6 against the Giants this year. The Padres also have a 46-32 record at Petco Park this year, with one series remaining. The Giants dropped down into a tie for the Wild Card spot with the Pirates.
As a team, the Padres hit .226 in the series but it was enough to win each game. The offensive player of the series is Rene Rivera. He had 4 hits and 4 RBI in 2 games of this series. Two of those four hits were doubles. The Padres had 21 hits in the series. Another worthy candidate could have easily been Andrew Cashner. During his start on Saturday, he was 2-for-2 with a walk and a triple.