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SAN FRANCISCO -- Things have become so bad for the San Francisco Giants that Bruce Bochy is second-guessing his own managerial decisions. Nomar Garciaparra Jersey . Madison Bumgarner is lost for any explanation as to why the San Francisco Giants have been so inconsistent in the second half.Everybody knows one thing: There isnt much time left and there must be an immediate turnaround to become a playoff team. When youre losing and trying to hold on, scoreboard watching can be excruciating.Bumgarner (14-9) missed a chance at his milestone 100th career win and the Giants wasted another chance for a potential push in the NL West, losing to the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Wednesday to be swept by the divisions second-to-last-place club.This was a big series. Theyre all big, Bochy said. ...You take responsibility when things arent going well. Its always on your mind ... something you could have done a little bit differently. Its human nature. I think every manager or coach will tell you that. We wear it pretty hard.The division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees later Wednesday, increasing their division lead to five games. On Tuesday night, San Franciscos bullpen blew a three-run lead in the ninth and the Giants failed to gain ground.Now, they must regroup to host St. Louis for an important four-game set starting Thursday night among playoff contenders and wild-card candidates. San Francisco has won the World Series in every even year this decade: 2010, `12 and `14.Theres a lot of pressure this time of year, Bumgarner said. Its more of a mindset this time of year.Luis Perdomo (8-9) allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball. He struck out five with one walk. The 23-year-old right-hander who the Padres acquired in the Rule 5 draft from the Cardinals has given up three runs or fewer in 11 of his last 15 starts.Brandon Maurer finished for his 10th save.It was the same story for San Francisco of late with missed opportunities and mistakes.Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, San Franciscos Denard Span was picked off trying to get back to first after drawing a two-out walk.Spans base-running blunder was the Giants second on the day. Brandon Belt was doubled up at second base in the bottom of the second on Conor Gillaspies liner to first.Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, allowed seven hits and three runs, all earned, with five strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.When he takes his next turn, the lefty again would try to become the third-youngest Giants pitcher reach 100 victories.Luis Sardinas had an RBI single among his three hits for San Diego, while Wil Myers added a double.The Giants lost their sixth straight to San Diego -- outscored 29-15 -- after winning the initial nine matchups of 2016.San Francisco was swept by the Padres for the second time this season, after dropping three in a row at Petco Park to begin the second half. San Diego earned its first sweep at AT&T Park since May 2010.Its not this big macro statement about where we are in the season and what were trying to accomplish, Padres manager Andy Green said. Its not playing spoiler or anything like that.POSEYS PLEDGEBefore the game, Giants catcher Buster Posey and ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale teamed up to discuss their pledge to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. Posey and wife Kristen were set to host a benefit at the ballpark for The V Foundations Buster and Kristen Posey Pediatric Cancer Research Award.TRAINERS ROOMPadres: RHP Jarred Cosart (hamstring, groin) still is in the plans to start Sundays series finale at Colorado or by Monday at home against Arizona at the latest.Giants: 1B Brandon Belt returned from an illness that kept him out Tuesday night. ... RHP Derek Law was activated from the 15-day disabled list on his 26th birthday after he missed 15 games with a strained right elbow.UP NEXTPadres: LHP Christian Friedrich (5-10, 4.67) will pitch the series opener in Colorado on Friday. Friedrichs most recent start was arguably his best this year. He struck out a season-high 10 batters and allowed one walk in seven shutout innings of two-hit ball against the Rockies.Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (15-5, 2.90) starts the opener of a four-game series against St. Louis. Cueto is 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA over his last five starts. Hes 6-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 21 career starts against the Cardinals. Andrew Benintendi Jersey . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. Cheap Red Sox Jerseys . -- Timbers coach Caleb Porter didnt stray from his business-like approach to the season even after Portland downed the two-time defending league champion Los Angeles Galaxy to gain crucial playoff position. . -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. Billy Slater came achingly close to playing in Melbournes NRL grand final, with his surgeon almost giving him the green light.The superstar fullback was hopeful of being cleared to play in the Storms charge through the finals with his troublesome shoulder feeling good.But Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said the surgeon decided to err on the side of caution with the 33-year-old, who had a second reconstruction after round one in March.He went to see his surgeon last month because he was