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Rivera Drives In Five As Padres Top Giants

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[April 29, 2014]  SAN FRANCISCO  Padres 6, Giants 4: Rene Rivera homered and drove in a career-high five RBIs as visiting San Diego edged San Francisco in the opener of a three-game series.

Rivera's three-run homer in the fifth off Madison Bumgarner (2-3) put the Padres ahead to stay. Alexi Amarista and Tommy Medica each scored twice as San Diego improved to 3-1 against the Giants this season.

Tyson Ross (3-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings to help end San Francisco's four-game winning streak. Three relievers bridged the gap to Huston Street, who struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 10th consecutive save this season.

Rivera stroked a two-run double down the third-base line in the fourth to open the scoring and the Giants tallied three times in the bottom of the inning on Hunter Pence's run-scoring triple and Michael Morse's two-run ground single. Medica singled with one out in the fifth and Amarista walked before Rivera launched his blast over the left-center field to give San Diego a 5-3 lead.

Brandon Hicks homered to center in the bottom of the fifth to pull San Francisco within one and flew out to the warning track in left-center with the bases loaded in the sixth. The Padres added a run in the ninth when Will Venable doubled and moved around to score on two grounders.

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GAME NOTEBOOK: Bumgarner allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings. Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko was placed on the three-game paternity list with his wife giving birth to twin boys and Medica replaced him on the roster. Giants manager Bruce Bochy (third inning) and Padres manager Bud Black (fourth) challenged calls by first base umpire Angel Hernandez and were proven correct in their challenges.

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