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    Peavy, Pads start September on a winning note

    Ace, two relievers 3-hit L.A. in majors-best 18th shutout
    By Tom Krasovic
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    September 2, 2007

    When Jake Peavy led the majors in ERA three years ago, he still didn't appear on the three-deep ballot of any of the 32 sportswriters voting for the Cy Young Award, in part because a forearm strain had shut him down for six weeks.

    Peavy, enjoying his healthiest season as a major leaguer, is giving the scribes a richer body of work this year, and he added to it last night by overwhelming the Dodgers yet again.

    The 26-year-old turned in his eighth scoreless outing of the season, lowered his ERA to 2.10 and directed the Padres to a 7-0 win at Petco Park, where teammate Mike Cameron hit a grand slam in the fifth inning and made a terrific diving catch in the sixth. It was the club's major league-best 18th shutout.

    The Padres, who have won nine of their last 11 games, remained atop the National League West, a percentage point ahead of the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers, who are 5-9 against San Diego, fell five games off the pace.

    Peavy said his accuracy was well below what it should be, but the right-hander still allowed only two hits and struck out nine. He said he had good life on his fastball, and by throwing it low and high, a technique that makes it difficult for hitters to react well, he shot several past Dodgers bats.

    “He executed the game plan about as well as he can,” said catcher Josh Bard.

    Peavy (16-5) has won his last seven decisions, a career high. Coming of a sparkling August in which he was 5-0 with a 1.36 ERA, he opened September by allowing fewer than two earned runs for the 17th time in his 28 outings.

    Today: 1:05 p.m. at Petco; Dodgers' Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.50) vs. Justin Germano (7-7, 4.25)

    On the air: 4 San Diego, 1090-AM, 105.7-FM
    When Padres cleanup man Adrian Gonzalez golfed a 433-foot home run in the second inning, off a shin-high outside pitch from Derek Lowe (11-12), the Dodgers were in big trouble, although the score was only 1-0.

    Peavy seldom allows the Dodgers any significant success. He improved to 8-1 against Los Angeles with a 2.28 ERA. He retired all seven leadoff hitters and his final 13 batters. Peavy said there is no “rhyme or reason” for his record against the Dodgers.

    “Against Peavy, you've got to keep the game close and hope he gets tired,” said Dodgers manager Grady Little.

    The Padres made it 7-0 with six runs in the fifth against Lowe, who had a 2.52 career ERA against San Diego. A two-base throwing error by third baseman Shea Hillenbrand made it 2-0, and two at-bats later, Cameron reached out and hooked Lowe's slider down the left-field line for his fifth career grand slam and the team's third this season.

    Peavy twice struck out L.A.'s best hitters – Jeff Kent and Russell Martin – and, as Bard put it, was “grunting and spitting” as he usually does when working. Peavy even told Martin, whom he described afterward as a friend, to get back in the box after one lengthy delay.

    “He didn't really make many mistakes,” said Martin, who was ejected in the seventh by plate umpire Dan Iassogna, though Martin said he was complaining about his own hitting, not Iassogna's strike calls.

    Black said it's Peavy's consistency that has distinguished a season in which he has worked at least five innings in all 28 starts. “I've just been healthy,” the pitcher said, crediting the training staff.

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    Monday, September 3, 2007
    Maddux breaks desert slump, pitches Padres into first place in 10-2 victory at Arizona
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    PHOENIX -- Greg Maddux no longer has to explain his drought in the desert.
    The future Hall of Famer won for the first time in Phoenix and extended his streak without a walk to 49 1-3 innings over seven starts in leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks10-2 on Monday.
    Maddux has long downplayed his struggles at Chase Field. And he didn't make a big deal of his first win in 11 career starts in the domed downtown ballpark.
    "It's nice to win, especially this time of the year," Maddux said. "Personally, yeah, I'm glad I won. I hope I win again next time."
    Brian Giles hit two of the Padres' five home runs, and San Diego opened a one-game lead over slumping Arizona, its biggest margin in the NL West since the All-Star break.
    Geoff Blum, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff also homered for the Padres, who have beaten the Diamondbacks four times in five games over the last eight days. San Diego trailed Arizona by five games on Aug. 18.
    "It's a sprint now to the end," said Giles, who has 10 homers. "We still want to continue to try to win series, and the first game of a series is always big."
    Eric Byrnes homered and tripled for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 10 of 15.
    With first place on the line, the Padres sent Maddux to the mound in his 702nd start. Arizona countered with Micah Owings, who made his 24th.
    The difference in experience was telling.
    "We have guys who have been into Septembers before," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Obviously, it's a real nice feeling to have a guy like Greg Maddux starting a game for you."
    Showing pinpoint control, Maddux (11-9) kept the free-swinging Diamondbacks off balance all day. He gave up two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking out five. Maddux hasn't issued a base on balls to 191 batters since he walked Houston pitcher Roy Oswalt in the second inning on July 28 at Houston.
    Maddux is 344-212. He improved to 2-10 against the Diamondbacks -- and that doesn't include two losses in the 2001 NL championship series while with Atlanta.
    Maddux entered 0-6 with a 5.67 ERA in Chase Field.
    "When you've got 340-something wins, to not have one here in this park, it's incredible to me," Black said. "I've only seen him pitch here twice, but he's such a great pitcher it's hard for me to believe. I don't know whether the lack of success here in this park weighs on him. If it did, it didn't show today."
    The Diamondbacks have jumped on Maddux in the past, but they appeared tentative on Monday.
    "I felt like we were a little flat early today, but we've responded from games like that in the past," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "So it wasn't our best game. It's not how we wanted to start against those guys."
    The Diamondbacks fell behind 5-0 in the third inning. Owings (6-8) faced 14 Padres and gave up four hits -- all home runs.
    Giles hit Owings' second pitch of the game 378 feet into the right-field seats for his second career leadoff homer.
    In the second, Blum homered into the same area with a man on to give the Padres a 3-0 lead.
    Leading off the third, Giles hit Owing's first pitch 427 feet into the pool beyond the right-center field fence. It was Giles' third multihomer game this year and the 19th of his career.
    Two outs later, Gonzalez hit a 438-foot shot onto a walkway 20 feet above center field, giving San Diego a 5-0 lead. Gonzalez added a two-run single in the ninth.
    Owings lasted only three innings, giving up five runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out four.
    "I wasn't as sharp as I could have been," Owings said.
    The young Diamondbacks, who have shown resilience all season, denied that they're starting to feel the pressure of the pennant race.
    "Tomorrow's a new day," Owings said. "This team is not going to drag and think about it too much. We've got some games left. If it was the last game of the season, then we could kick ourselves, but this team will bounce back."


    Game notes
    Maddux set the NL record with 72 1-3 innings without a free pass in 2001 -- a streak that ended with an intentional walk. Bill Fischer set the major league mark of 84 1-3 inning with the Kansas City Athletics in 1962. ... The Padres haven't announced a starter for Wednesday's series finale, but Black said he's considering using RHP Jake Peavy on three days' rest. ... By odd coincidence, the game between division leaders wasn't televised in either city. ... Arizona LHP Bill Murphy made his major league debut in the eighth and was roughed up for three runs on three hits in 1 2-3 innings. ... Owings doubled in the third to raise his batting average to .294. He has four homers, three doubles and a triple.
     
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    Jake + 4 HRs = win over foogin dodgers

    Adding fruit to the Padres' basket, the last-place Giants beat the first-place Diamondbacks, leaving second-place San Diego 2½ games out of first with 19 games to go. And because the Rockies defeated the Phillies, the Padres' lead in the wild-card race grew to 2½ games over Philadelphia.

    “This was a really big win for us,” said reliever Heath Bell, who doused a fire in the eighth inning. “If we win (today) it would be even bigger, because we win the series and push (the Dodgers) 5½ games back.”

    Peavy (17-6) improved the chances that he will add a Cy Young Award to his trophy collection in Alabama – an award that would increase by $3 million the $8 million salary option the Padres hold on him for 2009.

    “He has a good chance for it,” said Bell, described by Peavy as the team's Most Valuable Player. “He's leading the Triple Crown for pitchers. A hitter who wins the Triple Crown probably should be the MVP. Peavy's come up big for us a number of times.”

    Whoever decided that a pitching Triple Crown doesn't include innings has explaining to do, but there is no contesting Peavy's status as the NL leader in victories, ERA (2.44) and strikeouts (215). What's more, he is 9-1 with a 2.13 ERA away from the pitching cocoon that is Petco Park.

    It's a sign of how consistently excellent he has been that last night's seven-inning, two-run, five-strikeout performance didn't rank among his top 10 this year. Because the offense sent him into the third with a 6-0 lead, Peavy was less interested in strikeouts.

    “This late in the season, you've definitely got to pick and choose your spots, save your bullets,” said the right-hander, who induced seven groundouts. “When we've got an early lead like that, I believe I can pitch to contact more than I can when I feel like it's going to be a tight game.”

    The homers came from Brian Giles, Khalil Greene, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Geoff Blum – the first three jolted Esteban Loaiza, a recent castoff of the A's. Loaiza walked three Padres in the first, setting up two runs, and lasted only 3 1/3 innings.

    Bell was needed with the score 9-3 in the eighth because rookie reliever Kevin Cameron failed to end his recent slump; retiring his two hitters, Bell stranded three runners.

    Coming off last Wednesday's short-rest start – in which he allowed one run more than his total in the previous eight games – Peavy worked last night on five days' rest. In his career, he had gone 25-15 with a 2.70 ERA when starting on five days' rest, which is one more than normal. His only other short-rest start came in 2004.

    “That's what we've seen of Jake most of the season,” said manager Bud Black. “Early in the game, he was under control, wasn't overthrowing, was hitting his spots.”

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    Tomko hurls 4 hit gem, Cammy delivers

    Tomko, Cameron lift Padres over Giants 6-0

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    9:51 p.m. September 15, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – Brett Tomko got a big win for San Diego in his first start for the Padres.

    Tomko scattered four singles in six innings, Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and the Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0 Saturday night to pull within two games of NL West-leading Arizona.

    San Diego, which leads the major leagues with 19 shutouts, maintained a 1½-game lead in the wild-card race over Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    San Francisco's Barry Bonds left the game in the second inning with an strained right big toe.

    Tomko (3-11) was signed by the Padres on Sept. 4 after going 2-11 with a 5.80 ERA in 15 starts and 18 relief appearances for the Dodgers, who cut him Aug. 24 to make room in their rotation for David Wells. Tomko struck out five and walked none in his first start since Aug. 21. He had made three relief appearances with the Padres.

    Four relievers completed the six-hitter, which tied the Padres' shutout record, set in 1985. San Diego won its second straight game after losing six of nine.

    Bonds, baseball's career home run leader with 762, was hurt when attempting to make a play on a fly ball from Adrian Gonzalez at the left-field wall leading off in the second inning. Bonds jumped as he attempted to make the catch. The ball appeared to hit off the glove of a fan who reached over the wall. Bonds landed awkwardly on his right leg.

    Bonds fell and rolled over as the ball bounded toward the left-field line. By the time Bonds threw the ball back into the infield, Gonzalez had a triple. Bonds was replaced by Nate Schierholtz in the bottom of the third.

    Gonzalez scored when the next batter, Khalil Greene, hit a sacrifice fly.

    Cameron hit his 21st home run off Randy Messenger in the seventh inning following Geoff Blum's leadoff double to put San Diego ahead 3-0. The Padres added another run in the inning on Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly off Scott Munter.

    Matt Cain (7-15) allowing one run and one hit in six innings. struck out six and walked none. He is 0-3 with a 2.38 ERA in five starts against the Padres this season.

    San Francisco loaded the bases with one out off Doug Brocail, but Joe Thatcher got pinch-hitter Guillermo Rodriguez to hit into an inning-ending double play.

    Notes: Cameron set a club record with his 151st strikeout, breaking the Nate Colbert had held since 1970. ... The Giants have lost seven straight to the Padres and six in a row at San Diego.
     
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    Peavy leads Pads to sweep of Giants

    Peavy striking up Cy Young talk as Padres sweep Giants


    By Tom Krasovic
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    September 17, 2007


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    The last time a Padres ace other than Jake Peavy tuned up for the playoffs, he made a subtle adjustment of enormous value.

    Kevin Brown, who like Peavy threw two-seam fastballs as his primary pitch, dusted off his four-seam fastball in late September of the 1998 season. Anticipating sinking fastballs from Brown, Astros hitters had no chance when Brown attacked them with explosive four-seamers that appeared to rise. Brown struck out 16 in eight scoreless innings, setting up a Game 1 victory that was as crucial as any in the team's run to the World Series.


    Peavy has less room to experiment, because the second-place Padres are still attempting to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth – an effort that gained steam with yesterday's sweep-clinching 5-1 dismissal of the last-place Giants at Petco Park.

    Keeping the Padres two games behind the Diamondbacks in the National League West and 1½ games ahead of the Phillies in the wild-card race, Peavy (18-6) deviated only slightly from the approach that apparently will culminate in his first Cy Young Award and the fourth by a Padre.

    The basics were the same: Peavy used two fastballs and his slider to control an opponent that struggled to catch up with his pitches. Peavy took a 4-0 lead into the eighth before a one-out run ousted him. He lowered his majors-best ERA to 2.39, struck out 10 and walked one.

    There are slight differences, though, in how Peavy has performed and reacted during his past two outings. He is exerting a tad less, streamlining his delivery, breathing deeply when things get hectic.

    “Sometimes less is more,” he said. “I'm trying to calm down and relax. It's something I've been working on. I'm just trying to stay under control. I'm trying to not get caught up in the moment.”

    Since the debacle in the desert three starts ago – Peavy's short-rest outing in Phoenix that resulted in eight runs allowed – Peavy has defeated the Dodgers and Giants without the use of his best fastball and slider. In going 14 1/3 innings with three runs allowed, he made better decisions than he did against the Diamondbacks, who turned a cut fastball and a curveball into home runs after Peavy opted against trusting his fastball.

    Reviewing Peavy's last two outings, manager Bud Black said “the effort to his delivery was more under control than at times this season. He repeated his delivery. He was solid. He was pitching. He wasn't overthrowing with his fastball. He wasn't overthrowing with his slider. He threw some change-ups.”

    Peavy yesterday matched a career high for innings (203). He is to make two more starts, three if Black were to boldly summon him on short rest in the season finale at Milwaukee. Then the playoffs could beckon.

    Greater efficiency now could pay off late – not only in terms of available energy, but aptitude. Even allowing for a rib-cage injury that hindered him two Octobers ago, Peavy in his two career playoff outings is 0-2 with a 12.10 ERA.

    “I've talked to a few guys here,” Peavy said, referring to pitchers such as Greg Maddux. “Sometimes maybe you need to step back and slow things down a little when you're out there.”

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    Pads closing in on Snakes

    Club trails NL West leaders by one game
    By Tom Krasovic
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    September 18, 2007

    Remember the Padres, the guys who don't have lightning bolts on their helmets? The little ballclub that appeared lost just a week ago?

    Fret not if you lost touch with the lads. Heath Bell believes you'll be hearing a lot more from San Diego's baseball club when it matters most.

    “I'm saying this team will do something,” Bell was saying yesterday afternoon. “We're going to the Promised Land.”

    What's more, Bell doesn't think a wild-card berth will be necessary for the Padres to reach the playoffs. The eighth-inning specialist expects San Diego to overtake Arizona and win a third consecutive National League West title.

    “I'm still saying this team will win the division,” Bell said.

    A few hours later, strike-throwing rookie Jack Cassel led the Padres to their fourth consecutive victory – 3-0 over the Pirates – and Arizona lost at home to the last-place Giants.

    The Padres, with 13 games to go, trail Arizona by one game and are even in the loss column.

    Keeping the Padres a game-and-a-half ahead of the Phillies in the wild-card race, Cassel tossed six innings, Khalil Greene hit a two-run home run and three relievers secured the pitching staff's 20th shutout, highest in the majors since the Braves had 23 in 1998.

    The Padres, coming off a 2-6 stretch against winning teams in the NL West, have opened a 10-game homestand with four consecutive victories. They've allowed one run in the last three games.

    Cassel, a 27-year-old rookie who rejoined the Padres last year after they released him, earned his first major league victory. “I'm incredibly elated to help this club win,” he said.

    The Padres improved to 2-0 in games started by Cassel, whose rapid strike-throwing set the tone for a victory over the Dodgers earlier this month. In the two outings, Cassel has thrown strikes with 73 percent of his pitches, an excellent ratio for any pitcher. In Petco Park, where many hitters are incapable of hitting a home run, it's further validation of the organization's devotion to strike-throwers, which, as a bonus, saves gobs of money.

    “The goal is 66 percent strikes, for me,” manager Bud Black said. “Jack's beating that. He has a good delivery, repeats the arm slot. He is poised.”

    Over his final five innings, Cassell allowed eight hits, but he always had an answer. Inheriting a 3-0 lead, reliever Doug Brocail overcame a leadoff single in the seventh. Bell overpowered three hitters to log his 73rd scoreless outing. Trevor Hoffman bagged his 38th save, then signed a ball and gave it to Cassel.

    Greene's exceptional power for a shortstop again paid dividends when the blond bomber socked a fourth-inning pitch from John Van Benschoten (0-6) into the left-field seats to score Adrian Gonzalez for a 3-0 lead. For Greene, it was his fourth homer in 11 games. It was his 23rd home run this season. In club history no other Padres shortstop has hit more than nine home runs in a season.

    Greene has hit 26 career home runs at Petco. That's 11 more than all visiting shortstops combined in the park's history.

    For Cassel, the fun began Sunday night, when he attended a team party and rooted for the Patriots as they trounced the Chargers. His brother Matt is a Patriots quarterback, but Cassel decided against wearing his brother's jersey because he feared he “may have been stoned to death.” As Padres teammates suffered, he cheered from afar. “Everyone was cool,” he said. “They understood it was family. They couldn't hate that much.”

    Started quickly by Mike Cameron's RBI double in the first, the Padres (82-67) moved one game behind the Mets for the best record in the league.

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    Good team chemistry??

    By Tom Krasovic
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    September 18, 2007

    Of the 23 teams for which Greg Maddux has played, he says the Padres have the best chemistry.

    Padres reliever Heath Bell heard in late May from a Mets player who said that even when though the Mets were riding high in first place, the players weren't having fun.

    “This is a team,” Bell said.

    Speaking of any of three Mets clubs for which he played from 2004-06, Bell said: “That wasn't a team.”

    When Brian Giles invited Padres teammates to his Poway home to watch Sunday's Chargers-Patriots game, nearly 30 players attended.

    “Everyone here gets along,” Maddux said. “You don't have cliques, like on other teams.”

    Said Bell: “Every team has a jerk on it. Well, we don't have one jerk. Guys on other teams ask me about it, but it's true.”

    Maddux had family in town Sunday; otherwise he “would have loved to have” attended Giles' party. Several newcomers, including Milton Bradley, were there. Earlier this month, 21 Padres players participated in a team golf outing on an open date in Denver.

    The Mets probably are the National League's favorite to reach the World Series. But if cohesiveness matters, Bell would take the Padres every day of the week. He said that when the Mets players had a social function such as that hosted by Giles, the turnout wasn't comparable.

    “A friend of mine with the Mets called me in late May and said, 'It's like all we do is show up and play, and if we win, OK,' ” Bell said. “Here in San Diego, we want to win. In New York, you have to win.”

    But does chemistry influence the outcome of games?

    “It's very important,” Maddux said. “How do you measure it? There's not a stat for chemistry. You don't say that a guy's a .250 hitter but he's hitting .300 because of chemistry. It makes the season more fun. There's a lot to be said over 162 games for chemistry.”

    Notes
    Pitcher Clay Hensley will undergo exploratory surgery on his pitching shoulder Friday. He is expected to need two to six months to recover. “If he wasn't quite 100 percent this season, it might get him back on track,” Black said. Hensley has said that his right shoulder ached so badly this summer that it hurt when he brushed his teeth. The 28-year-old has pitched one inning since Aug. 26.

    Said to be gaining popularity with Padres fans in Mexico, shortstop Khalil Greene posed with a 2-year-old Tijuana boy whose parents named him Khalil.

    The Padres promoted Tony Muser into the role of minor league hitting coordinator. Muser was the manager of the Padres' affiliate in the Arizona Summer League.

    In nine games at Petco Park, the Giants averaged 2.2 runs, batted .201 and had a .255 on-base percentage in 339 plate appearances.

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    Pads beat Pirates 5-3, Maddux wins 13th

    Maddux issues a walk, but Padres beat Pirates 5-3

    By Bernie Wilson
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    9:58 p.m. September 18, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – Greg Maddux slogged through five innings – issuing his first walk in 10 starts – and the Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Tuesday night, the fifth straight win for the NL wild-card leaders.

    Khalil Greene had three hits, reached base five times and drove in two runs for the Padres, who began the night with a 1½-game lead over Philadelphia in the wild-card race. The Padres remained a game behind first-place Arizona in the NL West after the Diamondbacks beat San Francisco 5-0.

    Ex-Padre Xavier Nady had three hits off Maddux, including a solo homer into the second deck in left field with two outs in the fifth to pull the Pirates to 4-3.

    Maddux (13-10) won for the sixth time in seven decisions and for the 346th time in his career. The Padres have won eight of his last 10 starts.

    He also reached 13 wins for the 20th consecutive season, passing Cy Young for the major league record.

    It wasn't his prettiest start, though. Maddux fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and ended up allowing three runs and seven hits. He struck out two and walked two.

    Maddux's streak of not walking a batter ended at 59 2-3 innings when he walked Jason Bay on a full-count pitch to load the bases with two outs in the third and the Padres leading 4-2. Maddux then got Ronny Paulino to fly out to end the inning.

    Maddux hadn't walked a batter since July 28 at Houston, when he issued ball four to pitcher Roy Oswalt in the second inning. Maddux went through his next nine starts without walking a batter, and his overall string reached 244 batters.

    The streak was the second-longest of Maddux's career. In 2001, he set the NL record at 72 1-3 innings.

    Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 44 chances, extending his career record to 521.

    Maddux was coming off his shortest stint of the season, when he lasted only 3 1-3 innings in a 6-3 loss to former teammate David Wells and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

    Mad Dog got in trouble in the first and third innings, and allowed Nady's 18th homer in the fifth.

    The Pirates took a 2-0 lead with four straight hits with two outs in the first. Nady singled to bring in the first run, and Bay followed with an RBI double.

    The Padres jumped ahead 3-2 in their half on two hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a sacrifice fly. Greene was hit on the left shin with the bases loaded and one out to force in the first run, Michael Barrett followed with a sacrifice fly and Marcus Giles hit an RBI single.

    San Diego made it 4-2 in the second when Adrian Gonzalez singled in Scott Hairston. Greene hit an RBI single in the sixth.

    Pirates lefty Tom Gorzelanny (14-8) also went five innings, allowing four runs and nine hits, striking out four and walking four. It was just the fifth time in 30 starts he didn't pitch longer than five innings.

    Notes: Pirates SS Jack Wilson left in the seventh with tightness in his right hamstring. He apparently was hurt leaping for Mike Cameron's flare into left field leading off the sixth. He was replaced by Cesar Izturis. ... The Padres stranded 14 baserunners. ... Pirates LHP Zach Duke is scheduled to start Saturday at Chicago, meaning Pittsburgh will throw three lefties against the Cubs. The others are Paul Maholm on Friday and Gorzelanny on Sunday. ... Padres manager Bud Black said LF Milton Bradley could be back as soon as Friday from the oblique injury that's kept him out since Sept. 7. Bradley continues to feel better swinging from the right side but still a little sore swinging lefty, Black said.
     
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    Ten things you may not know about Greg Maddux

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    8:36 p.m. September 18, 2007

    Alan Drooz

    Padres pitcher Greg Maddux: You know him, you love him, you can't live without him.

    Sure, you know he's a 300-game winner. Yes, you've heard about his amazing 74.2-inning walkless streak in 2001. If you've followed the Padres this year you know he just had a streak of 59.2 walkless innings. You probably know about his four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95.

    Here are 10 things about the Padres' Pitching Professor you may not know:

    Maddux is only the ninth pitcher to record 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts. He's eighth in victories. If he pitches another season he's got a chance to pass Phil Niekro for 10th place in strikeouts.

    Maddux's control places him among a handful of pitchers ever to average less than a walk per nine innings in a full season. He did it in 1997 with the Braves, when he allowed 20 walks in 232 innings, an average of a walk every 11.6 innings. The only pitchers even stingier include Cy Young (1:13.1 in 1904), Christy Mathewson (1:14.6 in 1913) and contemporary Bret Saberhagen (1:13.6 in 1994). That would be one strike-throwing foursome, with relief from Dennis Eckersley (1:18 in 1990).

    Among pitchers with 300 wins and/or 3,000 strikeouts, and a few assorted elite hurlers added in, the only ones with less career walks than Maddux's 966 (in 4,805 innings pitched through Tuesday) are Juan Marichal (709), Carl Hubbell (725), Mathewson (837), Grover Cleveland Alexander (951) and Robin Roberts (902). Contemporaries like Tom Glavine (1,400+) and Roger Clemens (1,500+) aren't even close.

    Greg and older sibling Mike are a pretty good brother act, combining for 381 victories. They trail Gaylord and Jim Perry (529 combined) but outpace Dizzy and Daffy Dean (200).

    You know Maddux has won 16 Gold Glove awards for his fielding. Know why? Maddux's 89 double plays (coming into 2007) are a major league record. So are his 510 putouts.

    Not only did Maddux win four straight Cy Young Awards, his selections in 1994 and '95 were unanimous. That placed Maddux with Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers with multiple unanimous Cy Young votes.

    In 1998 Maddux held opposing batters to a .220 average, while hitting .240 himself.

    Maddux isn't known as an overpowering pitcher, but in an interleague game in 1998, Maddux shut out the Blue Jays in 1 hour, 46 minutes and struck out 13. How many did he walk, you ask? None.

    When Maddux recorded back-to-back ERAs of 1.56 in 1994 and 1.63 in '95, he became the first pitcher since Walter Johnson in 1918-19 to record consecutive ERAs below 1.70. Johnson did it in the dead-ball era.

    Maddux's ERA of 2.54 for the 1990s was the second-lowest for a decade in the live-ball era (post-1920). The only pitcher better was Koufax, who had an ERA of 2.36 in the 1960s, when the mound was higher and the environment was more pitcher-friendly.

    Appreciate what we're privileged to be watching these days at Petco Park. You won't see its like for a while.
     
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    Hairston is Mr. Clutch once again
    Padres remain one game back of D-backs in NL West
    By Elizabeth Botello / MLB.com


    SAN DIEGO -- Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Padres in a dramatic win over the Pirates, 5-3, on Wednesday night.

    The win kept the Padres one game behind the D-backs in the National League West race, and pushed San Diego 2 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies in the Wild Card chase.

    After the Pirates scored one in the first, the Padres (84-67) came back in the bottom half thanks to Adrian Gonzalez's one-out two-run single. But the Pirates (66-86) came back in the third with two more runs to go ahead, 3-2. No runs would be scored until Hairston drilled his eighth home run of the season in the ninth.

    It was the Padres' sixth consecutive win, a season-high. Padres starter Chris Young allowed three runs on five hits over six innings of work for a no-decision. Pirates starter Ian Snell allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.

    Reliever Cla Meredith (5-6) picked up the win, while Pirates closer Matt Capps (4-7) suffered the loss.

    Elizabeth Botello is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
     
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    Scott Hairston walks off again

    Padres pull some piracy

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    9:58 p.m. September 19, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres rallied past Pittsburgh 5-3 Wednesday night to increase their NL wild-card lead.

    The Padres won their sixth in a row and opened a 2½-game lead over Philadelphia for a playoff spot. The Phillies lost 2-1 in 10 innings at St. Louis.

    San Diego remained one game behind Arizona in the NL West.

    Hairston launched an 0-1 pitch from Matt Capps (4-7) over the left-field wall. Hairston, who hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning against San Francisco on Aug. 3, had been just 5-for-30 (.167) with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

    Adrian Gonzalez doubled with one out in the Padres ninth and Kevin Kouzmanoff drew a two-out walk. Hairston followed with his eighth home run, and was met by a wild celebration at home plate.

    “We just told ourselves to separate each inning, go out there, never give up,” Hairston said.

    Cla Meredith (5-6) got the win. This was the sixth time in 61 tries that the Padres won when trailing after eight innings.

    Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game.

    All-Star Chris Young started for the Padres and was in danger of losing his fifth straight decision. He gave up three runs and five hits over six innings.

    The right-hander was 9-3 with a led the majors with a 1.82 ERA when he left a start on July 24 after two innings with an injured side. He went on the 15-day disabled list and since coming back, Young has gone winless in eight starts with a 5.61 ERA in those games.

    Ian Snell limited San Diego to one earned run and four hits. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but faced only one batter over the minimum in the next six innings.

    Nate McLouth put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Nyjer Morgan, who led off with a triple.

    San Diego scored twice in the first to erase the Pirates' 1-0 lead. Brian Giles led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. After Mike Cameron walked and stole second, Gonzalez blooped a two-run single.

    Pittsburgh went ahead 3-2 in the third after Snell reached on a fielder's choice. Morgan was hit by a pitch, McLouth doubled in a run and Freddy Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly.

    Notes: Young's last win was a 1-0 decision over Philadelphia on July 19. ... Pirates SS Jack Wilson was not in the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday night's game with tightness in his right hamstring. Cesar Izturis replaced Wilson.
     
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    Pads win 7th straight

    Do Padres spell pennant T-O-M-K-O?


    Friars win seventh in row 6-3 over Pirates as castoff right-hander has second strong start

    By Bernie Wilson
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    2:52 p.m. September 20, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – A week's worth of wins against two of the NL's cellar dwellers has put the Padres right back in contention for a third straight West title.

    Dodgers castoff Brett Tomko pitched six solid innings, rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered two more hits and the Padres won their season-high seventh in a row, 6-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

    The Padres pulled within a half-game of first-place Arizona, which was idle. The Padres also padded their wild-card lead to three games over Philadelphia, which played a night game at Washington.

    Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 45 chances, extending his own big league record to nine seasons with 40 or more saves. His 522 career saves are most in the majors.

    With Matt Morris (9-11) lasting only four innings, the Pirates – who entered the game tied for last in the NL Central with Houston – lost their sixth straight game.

    The Padres limped home a week ago from a 3-6 trip through Arizona, Colorado and Los Angeles that dropped them four games behind the D-Backs. Three wins over the last-place San Francisco Giants and then the four-game sweep of the Pirates put the Padres right back in the chase.

    Tomko (4-11) won his second straight start with the Padres, allowing three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.

    After struggling with the Dodgers, the right-hander was designated for assignment on Aug. 24 to make room for David Wells, who had similarly been let go by the Padres. Tomko made three relief appearances with San Diego before throwing six shutout innings against the Giants on Saturday night.

    Tomko trailed 1-0 after the first and allowed the Pirates to tie the game at 3 on Freddy Sanchez's single with one out in the third, but then retired his final 11 batters.

    Pittsburgh's Nyjer Morgan tripled into the right-field corner on Tomko's first pitch of the game and scored on Cesar Izturis' groundout.

    Scott Hairston, who hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night, hit an RBI double in the second, followed by Michael Barrett's two-run double for a 3-1 lead.

    Pittsburgh's Carlos Maldonado's homered off the facade of the second deck in left field leading off the third. Tomko allowed three straight singles with one out, including Sanchez's tying hit.

    San Diego hit consecutive doubles again, this time with two outs in the third, to take a three-run lead. Khalil Greene's double to left brought in one run and Kouzmanoff drove in two with his double into the gap in right center.

    Kouzmanoff, who was hitting just .108 on May 7, came into the game hitting .267. He's gone 10-for-26 in the first seven games of this 10-game homestand, with four doubles, a homer, five RBIs and four runs scored.

    Notes: Greg Maddux has a sore lower back but Padres manager Bud Black said the team hopes the right-hander can make his scheduled start Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. Black said Maddux caught his cleat on the mound in the third inning Tuesday night and tweaked his back. He lasted two more innings, enough to get the decision in a 5-3 win. Maddux had an MRI exam Wednesday. “I see him playing catch, so that's a good sign,” Black said before Thursday's game. ... Black hopes LF Milton Bradley will be back in the starting lineup Friday night or Saturday night. Bradley, who's hitting .321, hasn't played since leaving a game at Colorado on Sept. 7 with a strained right oblique. ... Julie Wilson, wife of Pirates SS Jack Wilson, gave birth to a girl, Jersi, on Thursday morning. She is the couple's third child. Jack Wilson hasn't played since hurting his right hamstring on Tuesday night.
     
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    <TABLE id=inlinetable cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width=360 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TH style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #999999"><CENTER>A CLOSER LOOK</CENTER></TH><TR style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ececec" vAlign=top><TD>• Summary: Ex-Dodger Brett Tomko led the way as San Diego won its seventh straight and sixth straight against the Pirates. Tomko allowed three runs over six innings and struck out six for his second straight victory.
    Unsung hero: Kevin Kouzmanoff was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and entered the game hitting .400 in September.
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    Game time? Padres manager Bud Black hopes LF Milton Bradley will be back in the starting lineup Friday night or Saturday night. Bradley, who's hitting .321, hasn't played since leaving a game at Colorado on Sept. 7 with a strained right oblique.
    Saving the day (again): San Diego's Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 45 chances, extending his own big-league record to nine seasons with 40 or more saves. His 522 career saves are most in the majors.
    Hunt for October: The Padres' win moved them with a half-game of idle Arizona for the NL West lead.
    Quotable: "You have to give them credit. They beat us four days. I don't think there was anything during the course of the four days that we have to sit here and say we embarrassed ourselves. Their bullpen shut us down for four days." -- Pirates manager Jim Tracy on the Padres -- ESPN.com news services





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    Padres 6, Pirates 3


    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Less than a month ago, Brett Tomko was unemployed and working out at a suburban high school, trying to fix his faulty mechanics while hoping someone would sign him.

    The San Diego Padres are glad they took a chance on the once-ineffective right-hander, since his two wins in the last week have helped them get right back in the NL West race.

    Tomko, a castoff from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched six solid innings and rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered two more hits to lead the Padres to their season-high seventh straight win, 6-3 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

    The Padres pulled within a half-game of first-place Arizona, which was idle. The Padres also padded their wild-card lead to three games over Philadelphia, which played a night game at Washington.
    San Diego finishes its regular-season home schedule with three games starting Friday against the third-place Colorado Rockies, who are five games behind Arizona and 4 1/2 back in the wild-card race.

    If the Padres hold on and claim a playoff spot, Tomko won't be eligible because he wasn't signed until Sept. 4, 10 days after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers.

    "So this is my playoffs," Tomko said after allowing three runs and five hits. He was hit on the right triceps by Matt Kata's one-hopper in the second but remained in the game and retired his final 11 batters.

    After struggling with the Dodgers, Tomko (4-11) was designated for assignment to make room for David Wells, who had similarly been let go by the Padres.

    The first thing he did after being cast off was to hook up with Dominick Johnson, the pitching coach at Poway High, in the suburb where Tomko lives in the offseason. With Johnson tutoring him and Tomko's brother, Scott, standing in, the right-hander worked on the flaws he'd developed.

    "I kind of just figured things out a little bit better than what was going on in L.A.," he said.

    Tomko said he his fastball was topping out at 89 mph with the Dodgers, but he's gotten it back into the 90s.

    "It was like, 'All right, there's still stuff left in the gas tank,' " he said. "I never doubted myself or thought I lost it, but when you work on something, it's nice to see the results."

    Tomko made three relief appearances with San Diego before throwing six shutout innings against the Giants on Saturday night.

    "That's what it takes to keep a streak alive, is for guys to pitch well," manager Bud Black said. "This time of year, it's important that your starting pitching gives you a chance to win a game."

    Tomko struck out six and walked none against Pittsburgh. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 45 chances, extending his own big-league record to nine seasons with 40 or more saves. His 522 career saves are most in the majors...
     
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    A broom with a view

    Padres eye first place after sweeping Pirates
    By Bill Center
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    September 21, 2007



    A week ago tonight, the Padres returned to Petco Park facing what amounted to an ultimatum: Sweep San Francisco and Pittsburgh or say goodbye to any playoff hopes.

    Three small problems:

    One of the games would fall to Jack Cassel, who would be making his second major league start. He won.

    And two starts would go to Brett Tomko, who had been released by the Dodgers at the end of August to make room for former Padre David Wells. Tomko won twice.

    Yesterday, behind Tomko, the Padres defeated Pittsburgh 6-3 for their seventh straight win to inch to within a half-game of Arizona in the National League West while maintaining a 2½ -game advantage over Philadelphia in the wild-card race going into a critical weekend series.

    The Colorado Rockies are coming to Petco Park for the Padres' final three home games of the regular season.

    Actually, these could be the final three home games of the season. The Rockies also retain wild-card hopes. And after these three games, the Padres visit San Francisco and Milwaukee during the final week.

    “The Rockies are riding high as well,” manager Bud Black said as a stage-setter.

    Yes, the Padres have won seven straight. But the Rockies have won five in a row, yesterday completing a sweep of the Dodgers in Denver that all but eliminated Los Angeles from the playoff picture while keeping the Rockies 4½ games behind the Padres.

    “Every game is important for everyone,” Trevor Hoffman said. “The Rockies have to keep winning. We have to keep winning.”

    Which is what Tomko did yesterday for a second time on the homestand.

    Forget what he was with the Dodgers. After two starts with the Padres, Tomko is 2-0. After five appearances with the Padres, he has a 2.65 ERA.

    And to think he could have been pitching for the Rockies this weekend against the Padres.

    “I had heard from both the Rockies and the Padres,” Tomko said of his 12-day exile from the game after the Dodgers designated him for assignment. “The Rockies said they needed a couple more days to decide.”

    So Tomko signed with the Padres on Sept. 4 after telling General Manager Kevin Towers, “I will do anything you need me to do to help you win.”

    Immediately, that meant three appearances out of the bullpen. But the Padres had sprung two leaks in the rotation. So Tomko got the call.

    There was a question, however, about his readiness.

    It had ended so badly with the Dodgers that Tomko spent his time away from the game at Poway High working out with Titans pitching coach Dominick Johnson, who also turns out to be a close friend of Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley.

    “I was fighting my body with the Dodgers and I couldn't fix it in Los Angeles,” said Tomko. “I just needed a place to work out, clear my head and regain my confidence.”

    Tomko was hoping the Padres would call. First, this is the pitcher's hometown. Second, he harbored a grudge against the Dodgers.

    “Part of me wanted to stay someplace where I had a direct effect on the Dodgers,” said Tomko. “In a good-natured way, I wanted to say, 'I'll show you guys.' ”

    Tomko was welcomed by the Padres – possibly because they all knew they desperately needed another major league arm.

    “I came directly from the enemy,” said Tomko. “And from Day One, I was accepted. They made me feel like I've been here all year.”

    As for his pitching, Tomko started benefiting from working with Balsley.

    “Darren slowed me down . . . slowed the tempo, slowed the body, slowed the leg kick. Sometimes, when things get crazy, it's human nature to speed things up.”

    What did speed up was Tomko's fastball, which is reading 95 mph again.

    “It's all good,” said Tomko after holding the Pirates to three runs on five hits over six innings. “I feel good. We're having fun.”

    The Padres had to win. And they won. Now they need to win again . . . against a better team.

    Bill Center: (619) 293-1851; bill.center@uniontrib.com
     
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    Pads meltdown, swept by Rocks

    Rockies sweep Padres, wild-card chase is ever-so-close


    By Bernie Wilson
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    4:11 p.m. September 23, 2007


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    SAN DIEGO – Milton Bradley and the Padres have company in the wild-card race, and it's not just the Philadelphia Phillies anymore.

    The Padres melted down in a 7-3 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, losing two outfielders to injuries – including Bradley in a bizarre sequence after he was ejected – and allowing the Rockies to close within 1½ games of the wild-card lead following an impressive three-game sweep.

    Garrett Atkins hit an inside-the-park home run, Brad Hawpe homered for the second time in three games and Jeff Francis earned his 17th victory for the Rockies, who roughed up Greg Maddux to win their season-high eighth straight.

    San Diego retained its half-game lead in the wild-card race over the Phillies, who lost 5-3 to Washington.

    Colorado also won its franchise-best 84th game as it tries for just its second playoff appearance in its 15-year history. The Rockies won the NL wild card in 1995 before losing to the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the postseason.

    The Rockies are so serious about their playoff push that they held optional batting practice – a rarity before a day game – and everyone showed up. And they won the final two games of the series without Matt Holliday, one of the NL's top hitters and a leading MVP candidate. He sat out again Sunday with a strained muscle on his left side.

    Hawpe went 8-for-13 with two homers and five RBIs in the series. He is 12-for-21 with 10 RBIs in his last five games.

    Bradley was ejected and then injured his right knee during a bizarre sequence in the eighth inning.

    He reached on a two-out single, then said something to umpire Mike Winters. During Kevin Kouzmanoff's at-bat, it escalated into an argument and manager Bud Black came running out.

    Bradley went after Winters, was restrained by coach Bobby Meacham, then was ejected. Bradley continued to go after Winters. Black tried to restrain Bradley, grabbing him by the jersey and tackling him to the ground. Bradley grabbed his right knee and had to be helped off the field.

    One batter later, Black ran onto the field after third-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called a checked-swing strike on Adrian Gonzalez and was ejected.

    Padres center fielder Mike Cameron came out in the seventh inning with a bruised right thumb and index finger after he tumbled going after Atkins' fly ball and had his hand stepped on by Bradley, the left fielder.

    Cameron made a sliding attempt to catch the ball but missed. Bradley tried to jump over Cameron to avoid a collision, in the process stepping on his right hand with his left foot.

    Although the Padres went 7-3 on their final homestand of the regular season, the seven wins were against two last-place clubs, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

    Overall, San Diego is just 10-9 since Sept. 3. The Padres went 3-6 on a trip through Arizona, Colorado and Los Angeles, which cost them the NL West lead.

    The Rockies beat the Padres for the fifth time in six games this month. The Padres had only five runs and 16 hits in this series.

    Francis (17-8) held the Padres to two runs and seven hits in eight innings to tie the franchise mark for wins in a season. He struck out eight and walked one.

    Atkins rounded the bases for his first career inside-the-park home run, giving Colorado a 6-1 lead. It was his 24th homer this season.

    The Rockies scored four runs on five hits in the fourth to chase Maddux (13-11). Ryan Spilborghs hit an RBI triple, Yorvit Torrealba and Todd Helton hit RBI singles and Troy Tulowitzki had a sacrifice fly.

    Maddux lasted only 3 2-3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits while striking out one and walking two. It was the second time in three starts that the 41-year-old right-hander couldn't get out of the fourth.

    Bradley homered to center with one out in the third, his 11th. Josh Bard connected off reliever LaTroy Hawkins with two outs in the ninth, his fifth.

    Spilborghs, Bard and Kouzmanoff had three hits apiece.

    Notes: It was Colorado's 36th road win, tying the franchise mark set in 1997. The Rockies have three more road games, starting Tuesday at Los Angeles. ... Francis' 17th win tied Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999) for the franchise single-season record.
     
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    Pads beat Giants in a thriller

    Down to last strike, Friars pull out 6-4 victory on Giles' 3-run homer

    By Janie McCauley

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    10:20 p.m. September 25, 2007

    SAN FRANCISCO – Just when it seemed the Padres were sinking in the season's final week, Brian Giles provided a big boost with one powerful swing.

    Giles hit a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the ninth, and the Padres ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

    The win gave San Diego a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the wild-card standings after the Phillies lost 10-6 to Atlanta. And the Padres also pulled within two games of NL West-leading Arizona, which lost 6-5 at Pittsburgh.

    Giles, who was in a 4-for-52 slump, hit his 12th home run of the season off closer Brian Wilson (1-2) and it spoiled another strong outing by Giants starter Matt Cain. Wilson also allowed Brady Clark's bloop RBI single.

    Joe Thatcher (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for his first major league win in his 18th career appearance. Trevor Hoffman finished for his 41st save in 46 chances.

    Cain struck out eight but wound up seeing his winless stretch reach five straight starts.

    Randy Winn's 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot to straightaway center, highlighted San Francisco's four-run second against former Giant Brett Tomko. Dave Roberts added an RBI double and Kevin Frandsen singled in a run.

    Winn later doubled, becoming the sixth San Francisco player to have 40 doubles in a season. Jeff Kent last did it with 42 in 2002.

    Scott Hairston homered in the sixth for San Diego and Khalil Greene connected for a solo shot the next inning.

    But that was all the Padres could do against Cain, who hasn't won since Aug. 28 against Colorado. He is winless in six starts against San Diego this season and is 0-3.

    Cain allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings and walked one. He reached 200 innings for the first time in his career, becoming the third San Francisco pitcher to do so before turning 23. Mike McCormick did it at 20, 21 and 22 (1959-61), and John D'Acquisto accomplished the feat at 22 in 1974. Cain was 22 years old and 350 days.

    Barry Bonds was held out of his 10th straight game with a sprained right big toe – and the slugger has one more chance Wednesday to play for a final time in front of his home fans.

    They chanted “Barry! Barry!” in the eighth inning but No. 25 never showed.

    Manager Bruce Bochy was still hopeful of getting Bonds into the batter's box or on the field if Bonds feels OK to do so.

    “I don't know,” Bonds said.

    Bochy met with Bonds in the manager's office with the door closed before they headed to the field.

    “It went fine,” Bochy said. “We just talked about some things to see where he's at – the progress on his toe. It's a lot better. He feels a lot better. He's come along, and I am more optimistic he could be a lot better and play tomorrow. If Barry can play, he wants to play.”

    Bochy said Bonds will probably only be used sparingly if at all during this weekend's three-game series at Dodger Stadium – a place Bonds has long enjoyed playing despite the boos.

    Tomko, who had won his previous two outings, allowed four runs and six hits.

    Notes: The Padres called up OF Drew Macias and switch-hitting INF Chase Headley from Double-A San Antonio. Both players joined the team, along with OF Jason Lane a day after he was acquired in a trade with Houston for a player to be named or cash. The added depth will help after the Padres lost center fielder Mike Cameron and left fielder Milton Bradley to injuries Monday. Cameron will be out at least for the rest of the regular season, while Bradley will need major knee surgery. ... LHP Barry Zito is slated to start Sunday's season finale for the Giants – and the $126 million pitcher wants one more opportunity. “I haven't turned it off mentally,” Zito said. “I'm ready to go. I still have things to prove.”
     

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