Giants poised to get Bumgarner back after 5-3 win over Padres


SAN DIEGO – The Giants did not intend to reassemble out of the All-Star break, whip themselves into a frenzy and charge up a hill to wrest away fourth place in the NL West.

Some goals are nobler than others.

But they dirtied their uniforms in spirited fashion in a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres Friday night. And they’ll have a grunting, snarling presence back on the mound Saturday when Madison Bumgarner resumes his place in the rotation after a three-month absence.

The Giants might be 27 games out of first place in the NL West, but they are just four behind the Padres. It isn’t much of a chase. But even the slowest greyhound in the field can benefit from a wooden rabbit or two.

Buster Posey hit a 429-foot home run in addition to an RBI single, Eduardo Nuñez returned from the disabled list to make two sparkling plays at third base, Gorkys Hernandez collected a career-high four hits and the Giants bullpen soaked up outs after Johnny Cueto labored to last just four innings at Petco Park.

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