By Jonathan Hawthorne and AJ Cassavell
SAN FRANCISCO -- Down to their final strike Saturday, the Padres came through to break a five-game losing streak and put a damper on the festivities for Giants starter Matt Cain, who pitched five scoreless in his final start. Austin Hedges roped a two-out RBI double over the head of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence to plate two runs and powered San Diego to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Giants.
"I was looking for a heater, looking for it up, and it just ended up being middle," Hedges said. "That was awesome. That was really cool."
The Giants couldn't put together a win on a day dedicated to Cain. The right-hander's final outing -- five innings of scoreless ball -- followed the pattern of so many before it. He pieced together a gem, allowing just two hits, but the Giants' offense couldn't muster much support.
Cain was on his way to a win, having departed with a one-run lead, but San Francisco's bullpen surrendered a sixth-inning home run to Wil Myers, meaning Cain would get a no-decision. Before Cain exited, those assembled at AT&T Park -- the Padres included -- stood for a rousing ovation, which included a curtain call.
"I'm still trying to wrap my head around today," Cain said. "Being in so many amazing games has fulfilled everything I can think of in a career. I feel like I got put in almost every spot imaginable. ... I enjoyed every bit of it. There's no part of my career that I don't own and don't enjoy. It's been special to me."
San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin turned in an impressive performance in his final start before his imminent free agency. He scattered five hits over six innings, allowing one run on Pence's RBI groundout in the second while lowering his season ERA to 3.89. The Padres hope to have Chacin back for 2018, and Chacin said the feeling is mutual. He noted that he was honored to take the mound opposite Cain in his final outing.
"You want him to pitch well, but at the same time you want to win the ballgame," Chacin said. "It kind of worked out perfectly."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Wil power: Myers, who finished 2-for-4, reached the 30-homer mark for the first time in his career with a sixth-inning blast off Giants reliever Reyes Moronta. His six homers at AT&T Park this season are the most among all right-handed batters -- including Giants hitters. (Nick Hundley and Pence are tied for second with four.) Myers became the third Padre in history to post a 30-homer, 20-steal season, joining Steve Finley (1996) and Ryan Klesko (2001).
"It's been a tough year for me, obviously, going through the ups and downs," said Myers. "To be able to put up 30 homers is really cool. It's quite an accomplishment for me, and after a tough year, I'm glad I could end on 30 homers."
Small ball: The Giants manufactured a run in the seventh with the bottom of their order. Ryder Jones walked leading off the inning and Orlando Calixte pinch-hit for reliever Cory Gearrin. Calixte laid down a seamless bunt, moving Jones to second and bringing up Pence, who won two World Series titles (2012, 2014) with Cain. Pence broke the 1-1 tie with a run-scoring single.
"Everything about this day was extremely emotional," Pence said. "Even last night, I could feel the energy. I woke up in a bliss knowing that he was starting. It filled all of us up with some amazing emotions. We just love him so much. This was a very special day." More >
"He got his nickname because he was a horse all his career. And he showed that today." -- Chacin, on Cain
"Matt can do anything he wants. He can manage the game if he wants. Obviously I haven't done too well."--Giants manager Bruce Bochy, on Cain's role for Sunday
WHAT'S NEXT Padres:Luis Perdomo will put a cap on his up-and-down season Sunday when the Padres wrap up their 2017 campaign against San Francisco in the rubber game at 12:05 p.m. PT at AT&T Park. After 10 straight starts of at least six innings, Perdomo has struggled in his last two times out.
Giants:Johnny Cueto will start San Francisco's season finale. Cueto is 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA over his last 11 starts opposite San Diego.