Giants clinch playoff spot, thump Padres 9-1 for 8th in row squib

The surprising San Francisco Giants became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season, hitting four home runs to beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 on Monday night for their season-high eighth consecutive victory. After finishing 29-31 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, the Giants have turned it around in manager Gabe Kapler’s second year. San Francisco extended its latest hot streak by getting early power at the plate and steady pitching from the bullpen after opener Dominic Leone threw two strong innings.
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