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SF@PHI: Moscoso throws 2 2/3 innings in Giants debut

Even though their postseason chances have come and gone, the Giants aren't going down without a fight.

Since Aug. 24, the Giants have gone 19-14, which gives them the third-best winning percentage among National League teams behind Washington and St. Louis. At 15-11 in September, this is the first winning month they've recorded since May.

In the season finale Sunday, they'll send Guillermo Moscoso, a 29-year-old right-hander, to the mound for his second start of the season and first since Aug. 4 at Tampa Bay. He will be opposed by Padres right-hander Tyson Ross.

Moscoso pitched 4 2/3 innings in his Aug. 4 start, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. He's appeared in 12 games for the Giants this season, allowing 12 runs in 25 2/3 innings.

Ross will be making his 16th start and 35th appearance of the season. Over his last 12 outings since rejoining the rotation July 23, he has gone 3-4 with a 2.80 ERA, holding opponents to a .192 batting average with 78 strikeouts and 22 walks. Since July 23, his .192 average is fourth best in baseball and the third best in the National League.

In 15 starts this year, he is 3-5 with a 2.97 ERA, and he has worked six or more innings in 10 of his last 12 starts.

Ross pitched eight solid innings and held the D-backs to three hits and one run while striking out six and walking three batters Tuesday.

"He has made strides and is gaining confidence in his ability as a starting pitcher," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Given the opportunities here with consistent, regular starts, I think the talent that everybody has seen with Tyson is starting to show up in competition."

Padres: Gyorko concluding historic rookie campaign
On Sunday, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko will finish up his historic season in which he leads all rookies with 22 home runs and 47 extra-base hits. He has the third-most home runs in history by a rookie second baseman, trailing Dan Uggla, who had 27 for the Marlins in 2006, and Joe Gordon, who had 25 with the Yankees in 1938.

Gyorko leads the Padres with 59 RBIs, and since RBIs became an official stat in 1920, no rookie second baseman has led his team in RBIs. The only other Padre to lead the team in RBIs as a rookie was first baseman Nate Colbert, who recorded 66 in 1969.

Giants: Pence signed on for five more years
The Giants agreed to a five-year deal with right fielder Hunter Pence on Saturday. This prevents Pence, 30, from becoming a free agent.

Giants right-hander Matt Cain welcomed the news of Pence's deal.

"He's been very instrumental in the year and a half he's been here," Cain said. "He's definitely an exciting player to watch for us as teammates, and he brings that excitement to the stadium for the fans, too. He's a guy that always is going to bring it, every game. To have him on the team is a huge benefit for us. That's a guy that you want on your side."

Pence has a career-high 27 home runs and leads the team in most major offensive categories.

Worth noting
• Chase Headley has hit safely in 28 of his last 34 games since Aug. 15. He's batting .300 (36-for-120) in that span.

• Twelve of the Giants' last 20 games have been decided by just one run. The Giants are 27-29 in one-run games this season. Comments