Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, June 7
San Diego 8Final
Tampa Bay 4
Game 2: Saturday, June 8
San Diego 2Final
in 10
Tampa Bay 3
Game 3: Sunday, June 9
San Diego 9Final
Tampa Bay 6

Padres 9

(27-36, 10-21 away)

Devil Rays 6

(20-41, 12-19 home)

    1:15 PM ET, June 9, 2002

    Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida 

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    SD 040210110 9 - -
    TB 400101000 6 - -

    W: B. Jones (4-4)

    L: P. Wilson (2-5)

    S: T. Hoffman (15)

    Matos' first major-league homer sparks Padres

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The San Diego Padres again got unexpected offense from their ninth-place hitter.

    Julius Matos hit his first major league home run and drove in four runs Sunday as San Diego beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-6.

    Matos had a three-run homer in the second -- in just his 11th big league at-bat -- and added a fourth-inning RBI single. He was making his third start and sixth appearance since being called up from Triple-A Portland on May 30.

    ``It's pretty amazing ... it's pretty exciting,'' Matos said.

    Matos' father, Julio, flew from Puerto Rico to see his son play in the majors for the first time.

    ``He should be pretty proud,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. ``His son had one heck of a game.''

    San Diego infielder Ramon Vazquez hit his first major league homer -- a second-inning grand slam -- batting ninth in the Padres' 8-4 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.

    ``It's important our offense got going,'' said Matos of the Padres, who won for just the second time in 10 games. ``A lot of guys contributed.''

    Ron Gant and Ryan Klesko also homered for San Diego. It's the second time this season the Padres have hit more than two homers in a game.

    Tampa Bay's Randy Winn, who went 4-for-5 on his 28th birthday, set a Devil Rays record with four extra base hits in one game. He had three doubles and a first-inning homer.

    Winn, recently inserted into the leadoff role, hit the second pitch he saw from Bobby Jones over the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead.

    Aubrey Huff also homered in the first inning.

    ``I hope to leave him there all year,'' Devil Rays manager Hal McRae said. ``He looks comfortable. He's done a good job.''

    Winn is hitting .520 in five games as a leadoff hitter, and has emerged as Tampa Bay's leading All-Star contender.

    ``It's not something I've thought about, or are going to think about,'' said Winn, who is hitting .299 and has a team-best 33 RBI. ``It if happens, that's great.''

    Jones (4-4) walked two of the three next hitters after Winn's homer before Huff hit a three-run shot. The right-hander went 5 2-3 innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.

    Trevor Hoffman got the final three outs for his 15th save in as many chances. It was just his third save opportunity since May 13, a span of 26 games.

    Gant hit a solo home run for the second straight game, and Matos had a two-out, three-run blast to get the Padres even at 4-all in the second.

    The Padres went up 6-4 in the fourth. Matos had an RBI single and Mark Kotsay extended his career-high hitting streak to a 16 games with a run-scoring double.

    Greg Vaughn's broken-bat RBI single got Tampa Bay within 6-5 in the bottom half.

    Klesko made it 7-5 with a fifth-inning solo homer.

    After Winn's RBI double in the sixth drew the Devil Rays within 7-6, the Padres got single runs the next two innings.

    Ray Lankford had a run-scoring double in the seventh and Kotsay's eighth-inning RBI single upped the San Diego lead to 9-6.

    Tampa Bay starter Paul Wilson (2-5) gave up seven runs and eight hit over four-plus innings.

    ``I didn't pick myself up ... I didn't pick the team up today,'' Wilson said. ``I didn't do my job. The guys in the clubhouse deserve better.''

    Game notes


    San Diego had a season-high 16 hits. ... The Devil Rays have hit nine leadoff homers in franchise history. Winn also had one last July 16 at Atlanta. ... Jones has given up a homer in 16 of his past 18 starts. ... Huff's homer in the first gave him four in 48 at-bats. He had eight in 411 at-bats last year. ... Klesko has reached base on a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 52 consecutive games.

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