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Hudson's RBI triple gets Padres on the board

SAN FRANCISCO -- Orlando Hudson avoided any discussion regarding his career numbers against Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. He preferred to chat up the Giants' Cy Young Award winner.

Hudson hit an RBI triple against Lincecum, but it wasn't enough as the Padres saw their season-high five-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 2-1 loss to the Giants. They have still won six of their last eight.

For the record, Hudson is a career .357 (10-for-28) hitter against Lincecum and a .306 (75-for-245) hitter against Giants pitching.

"The dude is a two-time Cy Young Award winner," Hudson said. "He has a hard fastball, a sharp slider and a good splitter. And he's a workhorse. He's one of the elite pitchers in baseball. I can see him walk to the podium and grab a few more Cy Youngs. That's the type of pitcher he is."

Padres' starter Tim Stauffer (8-10) delivered his second straight quality start (his 19th of the season) but was outdueled by the Giants' ace.

Carlos Beltran hit a home run, and Brandon Belt's triple sparked another Giants tally against Stauffer.

"Stauffer was solid, efficient," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Belt and Beltran took advantage of pitches up just enough. The guys squared him up."

Stauffer allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.

"I'd obviously like to get that home run back," Stauffer said. "He hit a pretty good pitch. He went down and got it. They manufactured that other run with Tim's chopper, and that was enough."

Stauffer has allowed a home run in four straight games for the first time since July 8-28, 2005.

"He's shown his durability is there," Black said. "The key is continuing this each year. That's the challenge, and right now he's doing it. He's had to battle back from some issue and his career got untracked. He's solidified himself as one of the guys at the top of the rotation."

Hudson was stranded at third following his one-out triple. Lincecum walked the bases loaded with two outs in the first inning but the Padres could not take advantage.

Lincecum is hard on the Padres. He's 8-4 against them with a 2.16 ERA in 17 career starts. He's won five of his last seven decisions against the Padres, including the last two.

"Beltran hit a changeup that didn't quite get to the outside part of the plate and it was a little above the knee," Black said. "The story was their guy. He pitched well. We couldn't string anything together. His velocity, his secondary pitches, we've seen it before."

The Padres were held to their lowest run production since the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a 1-0 game against them on Aug. 2. It was also just the sixth time since the All-Star break that the Padres have scored one run or fewer.

In contrast, the Padres scored one or fewer runs in seven of the 10 games leading up to the All-Star break.

"He held his stuff through eight innings," Black said of Lincecum. "His fastball had movement and his splitter and breaking balls were good. He's deceptive with a quick ball. The ball gets on you, and you have to make your mind up. More than anyone else, he gets the swing and misses with the balls that end up out of the zone or in the dirt. He gets great action."

The Padres are now 34-42 in games decided by two runs or fewer, including an 18-27 record in one-run games. Comments