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Chad Gaudin, Brett Pill lead Giants over Phillies 9-2

  • San Francisco Giants' Brett Pill takes off his batting helmet after celebrating his solo home run in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. The Giants won 9-2. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA — When Chad Gaudin gets a hit, the rest of the San Francisco Giants have to join along.

Gaudin threw seven sharp innings and snapped an 0-for-40 slump, Brett Pill and Brandon Crawford homered, and the Giants ended a five-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

"I figured sooner or later," Gaudin said about his RBI single in the third. "I'm pretty proud of that."

Gaudin was 1 for 58 before rolling a single through the left side. He was hitless in 17 at-bats this year, prompting him to take extra batting practice in San Francisco last week.

"Everybody kept asking me when I was going to get a hit," he said. "I figured I'd work on it. It paid off."

Neither team made a move as the non-waiver trade deadline passed Wednesday, a surprise considering both clubs are going nowhere.

The defending World Series champion Giants are last in the NL West. The Phillies entered 11 1/2 games out of first place and fell to nine back in the wild-card standings.

"I think it may have relaxed the guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of the deadline passing. "We got a couple hits early and the confidence came back."

Gaudin (5-2) allowed one run and four hits, striking out five.

Roger Kieschnick had RBI singles in his first two major league at-bats for the Giants, who snapped a nine-game homerless drought when Pill went deep. Pill had three hits and four RBIs.


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