The San Francisco Giants clinched the National League West title with an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Marco Scutaro had three hits and drove in three runs, while Brandon Belt scored three runs, including his eighth-inning homer, before the home crowd at AT&T Park. Scutaro’s two-run single in the fourth provided the margin, giving the Giants (89-63) a 5-1 lead.
“I’ll take this one,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I like a margin of error.”
Madison Bumgarner (16-10) allowed three runs on five hits and struck out six for the Giants, who ended a 56-year World Series drought in 2010.
“It never gets old,” Brian Sabean, the team’s general manager, told reporters as a champagne celebration commenced in the clubhouse.
Chris Denorfia scored two runs for the Padres on Chase Headley’s ground outs in the first and eighth innings. Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Andrew Werner (2-2) surrendered five runs on six hits, while striking out three in 3 2/3 inning.
The Padres (72-80) are in fourth place in the five-team NL West, 17 games behind the Giants.
The Giants have been playing out the season without outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was leading the NL in batting before his 50-game suspension on Aug. 15 for testing positive for testosterone.