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The San Diego Padres have secured a series win in San Francisco for the first time in nearly four years.

They'll now try to complete a sweep of the slumping NL West-leading Giants on Wednesday for the first time since that same 2010 season.

After Tuesday's 7-2 win, the Padres (34-44) have won a series in San Francisco for the first time since Oct. 1-3, 2010. They've won nine of 15 against the Giants and last swept them at AT&T Park from May 11-13, 2010.

Overall, San Diego has won five of seven while allowing just 15 runs in that span. It's also managed 13 runs and 20 hits to begin the series.

"We have a few more guys swinging the bat better," manager Bud Black said. "We're getting the big hits."

Ian Kennedy will be charged with keeping the success going while striving to overcome some recent personal struggles. Kennedy (5-8, 3.90 ERA) is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA over his last three starts after giving up five runs over five innings before the Padres rallied late Friday in a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander hasn't faced the Giants yet this season but is 7-3 with a 2.49 ERA and .209 opponent batting average in 17 career starts.

Buster Posey has been the lone active Giant to present him with problems, hitting .367 in 30 at-bats. Tyler Colvin, who has started the last four games and gone 2 for 16, is 0 for 14 against Kennedy.

The Giants (45-32) are an MLB-worst 3-11 since June 9 with a 5.12 team ERA, and their 9 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers has been trimmed to three in that span.

They've scored two runs in this series and are batting .197 against the Padres in eight games this season. Michael Morse, who leads the club with 44 RBIs, has driven in two runs in 14 games while matching a season-long eight-game drought.

Tim Lincecum gets the next crack at restoring order to a San Francisco staff that was among the best in baseball with a 3.07 ERA during the Giants' MLB-best 42-21 start.

"It's fair to say it's our biggest issue during this tough stretch," manager Bruce Bochy said of his pitching. "The rotation put us in a good position, and to get out of this it's going to be the pitchers who do it."

Lincecum (5-5, 4.90) suffered a 4-1 loss Friday to Arizona, yielding four runs in six innings while striking out a season-low one batter. He's only failed to strike out multiple batters in one other career start, and his 8.38 strikeouts per nine innings are lower than any previous season total. His .270 opponent batting average and 1.48 WHIP, meanwhile, are higher than any other season.

Lincecum is 14-6 with a 2.47 ERA in 27 starts against the Padres. He's won his last three outings against them, including a 4-3 victory on April 20.

Seth Smith is 11 for 37 (.297) with three homers and three doubles off him. Cameron Maybin (4 for 22), Yonder Alonso (2 for 21) and Alexi Amarista (2 for 11) have all struggled in matchups with the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner.

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan (back tightness) took batting practice Tuesday and was to be re-evaluated to determine whether he would return to the lineup or be put on the disabled list. He's missed eight straight games.

Padres third baseman Chase Headley returned Tuesday and went 1 for 4 after missing four games with a back injury.

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