SAN FRANCISCO — Rene Rivera remembers his last home run, three years ago next month at Oakland for the Minnesota Twins.
His latest will certainly be memorable, too, and did plenty to give San Diego’s inconsistent offense a boost.
Rivera hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth to follow his two-run double for a career-high five RBIs, single handedly backing Tyson Ross in the Padres’ 6-4 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Ross (3-3) did just enough over 5 1/3 innings to beat the Giants for the second time in 11 days, allowing eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts and two walks.
After Michael Morse put San Francisco ahead on two-run single in the fourth, Rivera answered with his first homer of the year. He hadn’t driven in a run all season before Monday, and the five RBIs were most by a Padres player at 15-year-old AT&T Park.
Brandon Hicks homered for the second straight day, following his walkoff a day earlier against Cleveland with a leadoff shot in the fifth. Hunter Pence hit an RBI triple in the fourth.