Pablo Sandoval’s three homers lead Giants’ power surge

San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, above center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Show caption
San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, above center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO — Pablo Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs Wednesday, leading a rare power show by the San Francisco Giants in a 13-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs. He hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, a leadoff drive in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth.

Sandoval’s only previous three-homer game came in the opener of last year’s World Series. He wound up as the MVP of the Series.

San Francisco hit six home runs. The Giants began the game tied with Miami for the fewest homers in the majors with 80.

Cardinals 5, Reds 4 (16 INN.): In Cincinnati, Matt Adams’ second homer sent St. Louis to a victory that protected the Cardinals’ hold on second in the NL Central.

Adams broke an 0-for-17 slump by connecting in the 14th. After St. Louis let that lead get away, he homered again off Logan Ondrusek, ending the Reds’ longest game of the season. Adams replaced Allen Craig in the lineup; Craig sprained his left foot running the bases in the fourth.

The Cardinals had dropped the first two games in the series, letting the Reds get within a game and a half of second place. They finish their season series Thursday; St. Louis leads it 11-8.

Carlos Martinez escaped a threat in the 15th when Shin-Soo Choo reached third with two outs but was caught in a rundown.

Brewers 9, Pirates 3: In Milwaukee, Francisco Liriano lasted only three innings and Milwaukee pounded out a victory to delay Pittsburgh from clinching its first winning season since 1992.

Liriano, who had allowed five earned runs in his previous four starts, was rocked for seven runs on seven hits, with two walks and two costly wild pitches. The Pirates, aiming for their 82nd victory, twice left the bases loaded and stranded 12 runners.

The Brewers tagged Liriano for five runs on five hits in the third inning to open a 7-2 lead.

ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 5: In Denver, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings to win his sixth consecutive decision, Todd Helton homered and Colorado snapped the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.

De La Rosa allowed two runs and six hits.

Mets 5, Braves 2: In Atlanta, Lucas Duda had three hits, including a home run, and Andrew Brown added a towering two-run shot to lead Dillon Gee past Atlanta.

Gee cruised after he was given a 5-0 lead in the third. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2: In Philadelphia, Jordan Zimmermann became the National League’s first 16-game winner, pitching seven innings to lead Washington past Philadelphia.

Zimmermann struck out five, walked one and allowed two runs in winning his fourth straight start.

Cubs 9, Marlins 7: In Chicago, Donnie Murphy homered to cap a four-run rally in the seventh inning as the Cubs connected four times to beat Miami.

Murphy’s two-run shot put the Cubs ahead 8-7. Starlin Castro, Dioner Navarro and Ryan Sweeney added solo home runs for Chicago.

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Diamondbacks 4, Blue Jays 3 (10 INN.): In Phoenix, Willie Bloomquist lined his third hit for a run-scoring single in the 10th inning as Arizona avoided a three-game sweep.

Eric Chavez got the final rally started by blooping a single off Luis Perez and pinch-runner Adam Eaton moved to third on A.J. Pollock’s single off Jeremy Jeffress. Bloomquist then singled through Toronto’s drawn-in infield to cap the Diamondbacks’ franchise record-tying 21st extra-inning game.