Szczur scores trying run in 9th in Padres' win over Giants


San Diego (70-89) assured itself it would not finish with the worst record in the National League West thanks in large part to its success against the Giants (62-97), winning 11 of the first 16 meetings between the teams. The Tigers will get the first overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft under MLB's tiebreaking rules awarding the first pick to the team with a worse record the previous season. Lyles appeared three times in relief against the Giants as a member of the Rockies earlier this season and tossed a total of 2 1/3 ideal frames.

Though the Giants have long insisted they've played to win as many games as possible this season, after avoiding the grim potential of a 100-loss campaign with a win on Friday night, San Francisco could have waived the white flag in its season finale.

Cueto qualified his remark, saying any decision would have to go through his agent, but he expects to make his return official soon.

Travis Jankowski had three hits and Erick Aybar two for the Padres, who won the season series over the Giants 12-7.

Other than pulling Posey in favor of rookie Ryder Jones, Bochy managed as if the Giants were in contention.

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Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (4-3) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He has made 22 starts and four relief appearances this season, and he last pitched on August 31, when he started and allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Crawford doubled in a run and Jarrett Parker had an RBI single before Nick Hundley's fielder's choice brought home Crawford to tie the game at 4-4.

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made a diving backhand catch on a ball in the gap, robbing Renfroe of extra bases for the final out in the seventh.

The Giants (63-97) have won six of Stratton's nine starts since August 5.