The Giants would prefer to be playing for more than pride this weekend. They expected so much more than that.

But at least they can rattle up to the pride recycling center and collect this: They will not join the 1998 Florida Marlins as the only defending World Series champions to finish in last place.

They were assured no worse than fourth after beating the San Diego Padres 7-3 Friday night courtesy of the Colorado Rockies’ loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

In fact at 75-85 the Giants matched the Padres for third place in the NL West. Believe it or not under the old postseason payout system there would be some share money at stake.

Oh but there’s money to be made. Hunter Pence who is going to get a big payout as a free agent snapped an 0-for-27 streak while setting a career best by hitting his 26th home run. It came in the third inning two batters after Brandon Belt’s career-best 17th homer a two-run shot snapped a tie.

And Juan Perez hit his first big league home run in the second inning too.

That was enough support for Ryan Vogelsong who didn’t sneak many pitches past the Padres but rode contact outs to get through six innings and end a difficult season on a determined note.