NCTimes: San Francisco takes one away from Padres

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
By: BERNIE WILSON - AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO -- Randy Winn hit a tying, two-out triple off Trevor Hoffman in the ninth inning, and J.T. Snow hit a go-ahead single two batters later as the San Francisco Giants stunned San Diego 3-2 on Monday night and pulled within three games of the NL West-leading Padres.

The Padres had been within one out of reducing their magic number for clinching the division title to two but Hoffman blew a save for the third time in 44 chances, and saw his streak of 38 straight saves end.

Their magic number remains four, with six games to play.

This is the closest the Giants have been since May 14, when they were three games behind Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres fell to 77-79, the latest in a season a team has led a division with a losing record.

Winn tied the game with his fourth hit, a fly ball to center field. Brian Giles caught the ball just as he slammed into the fence, but the impact jarred the ball loose as he fell to the ground, allowing pinch-runner Jason Ellison to score from first base. Ellison ran for Mike Matheney who singled with one out.

Hoffman, thinking that Giles made the catch, began to raise his arms in celebration, but then saw the ball roll on the ground. Hoffman (1-6) walked Omar Vizquel before allowing Snow's single to right.

Barry Bonds grounded out to end the inning, finishing 0-for-5.

Padres ace Jake Peavy allowed six hits and one run in eight innings, struck out five and walked one.

The Padres continued to struggle offensively, getting only three hits off Brad Hennessey and four relievers. Tyler Walker (6-4) pitched the eighth for the win and Armando Benitez worked the ninth for his 19th save in 23 chances.

Ryan Klesko, batting No. 2 for the first time this season, homered to right on a 2-1 pitch from Hennessey in the first inning. It was his 18th of the year and his second since July 16. Mark Loretta was aboard on a leadoff single.

The Padres didn't get another hit until Loretta singled with one out in the sixth.

Bonds came to bat with runners on base and two outs in the first, third and fifth innings, and Peavy retired him each time. Bonds took a called third strike in the first with a runner on first, then flied out to left in the third with the bases loaded.

After Snow hit an RBI double with two outs in the fifth, Bonds worked the count full before grounding out to second. Bonds, who hit his 700th homer off Peavy on Sept. 17, 2004, grounded out to second leading off the eighth.

Winn also scored on Snow's two-out double in the fifth.

Hennessey allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.


Moises Alou of the Giants doubled leading off the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Padres CF-leadoff batter Dave Roberts, who strained his left quadriceps Saturday night at Arizona, had an MRI and is due back Thursday or Friday. With Roberts out, manager Bruce Bochy moved everyone up one spot in the order. ... SS Khalil Greene was back in the San Diego lineup after sitting out Sunday's game. He fouled a ball off his left shin on Saturday night.