Giants looking for sweep of Padres

Giants look for sweep of Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants have enjoyed playing the one team in the National League West with a worse record than themselves and will look to continue that dominant play in the final game of their three-game set with the Padres at PETCO Park on Sunday.

The Giants have defeated the Padres in consecutive low-scoring ballgames in pitcher-friendly PETCO. The Giants have taken advantage of great performances by Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito in order to put themselves in a position for the sweep.

The Giants have played well against San Diego all season, as they've won seven out of 10 games against their NL West counterparts with six of their seven wins by only one run.

After Lincecum and Zito, the Giants turn to Kevin Correia in the series finale. In his last start against the Dodgers on Monday, Correia allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in a win.

Correia will go up against Greg Maddux. The future Hall of Famer recorded his first win in 15 starts in his last game against Arizona on Monday.

Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Kevin Correia (2-5, 5.80 ERA)
Correia broke a personal four-decision losing streak and picked up his first victory since April 10 despite an unimpressive pitching line Monday in Los Angeles. He worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits, but the Giants, after jumping to a 7-0 lead, held on for a 7-6 win. Correia has walked none in 11 innings spanning his last two starts, which could be a sign of improvement. The San Diego native is 1-0 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 career appearances against the Padres.

SD: RHP Greg Maddux (4-8, 4.29 ERA)
It took him 15 starts, but Greg Maddux finally picked up career victory No. 351 in his last start against Arizona on Monday. Maddux allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings against the Diamondbacks, and he was far from being exceptionally sharp, though he did maintain the lead.

Keiichi Yabu is with the team in San Diego but will not be activated from the disabled list until Monday. The time spent in San Diego will be used as days off to reevaluate after Yabu threw 49 pitches in his last rehab appearance. ... Sergio Romo, who recorded his first career win on Friday, tweaked his left knee when his cleat got caught in the dirt on the mound as he made a pitch, but is fine and available. ... Zito's eight innings were his longest outing since Sept. 30, 2007, at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... With Fred Lewis stealing his 20th base of the season, he and teammate Randy Winn (20) become the first Giant teammates since Barry Bonds (26) and Stan Javier (21) in 1998 to steal 20 bases in a season.

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Up next
• Monday: Giants (Matt Cain, 6-9, 3.70) vs. Braves (Jair Jurrjens, 10-6, 3.06), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Giants (Jonathan Sanchez, 8-7, 4.61) vs. Braves (Mike Hampton, 0-0, 10.00), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 11-3, 2.71) vs. Braves (Chuck James, 2-4, 9.47), 12:45 p.m. PT

Ronald P. Clark is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.