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Estes Shuts Down Padres in 4-1 Win

June 25, 1997|From Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Finley, who hit three home runs the day before, singled in a third-inning run Tuesday, but that was about all San Diego could do against Shawn Estes.

Then again, nobody is doing much against Estes these days.

Estes (10-2) gave up seven hits in eight innings before turning things over to Rod Beck, who picked up his 25th save and finished San Francisco's 4-1 victory over the Padres, only the Giants' third in their last 15 games against San Diego.

Estes won his sixth decision in a row and has not lost since May 6. He struck out six in San Francisco's seventh win in 10 games.

Estes has given up three or fewer earned runs in 22 of his 29 career starts, and has won 10 games for the first time at any level, including high school.

He worked out of his biggest jam in the third inning. Finley had singled in one run and the bases were loaded with no outs when Estes struck out Greg Vaughn and Wally Joyner and got Archi Cianfrocco to fly to center.

"I was just trying to get a ground ball for a double play," Estes said. "Sometimes strikeouts come by accident."

San Diego Manager Bruce Bochy said Estes, who became the quickest Giant pitcher to win 10 games since John Burkett got his 10th on June 19, 1993, looked like an all-star Tuesday.

"Estes pitched out of a tight jam and held us down," Bochy said. "You look at his numbers and he certainly has to be considered for the all-stars."

Estes got support from Barry Bonds' 17th homer, his fifth in six games. The Giants had scored three runs in the second inning on an RBI double by Damon Berryhill and RBI singles by Darryl Hamilton and Jose Vizcaino.

Estes also figured prominently in that three-run inning.

He hit Finley with a pitch in the first inning. Danny Jackson (1-5) then hit Estes with a two-out pitch in the second. That kept alive the inning, and Estes scored the Giants' third run.

Wally Joyner went two for four and is hitting .405 in his last 24 games for the Padres, who have lost seven of their last 10.


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