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Padres win first home game in past nine tries

6/16/2002

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Bobby Jones, Ryan Klesko and Trevor Hoffman all came up big in the San Diego Padres' first win in nine home games.

The Padres held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night when Hoffman struck out pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez with runners on the corners.

Jones pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and the Padres caught
Ichiro Suzuki in a rundown on an attempted double steal to end the fifth inning, with first baseman Klesko diving to make the tag as Suzuki, representing the tying run, tried to get back to third.

"That's a good win,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "It went down
to the last hitter, but Hoffy did it again. It's a very good
ballclub we're playing, a good-hitting ballclub. It wasn't easy.''

The Padres won despite the top third of their order going
0-for-12.

With the Padres leading 2-1, Suzuki hit a two-out single in the fifth and took third on Jeff Cirillo's single. Cirillo broke for
second and catcher Wiki Gonzalez faked a throw, catching Suzuki breaking for home. The out went 2-5-2-6-3.

"Wiki did a great job on the pump fake,'' Bochy said. "You're not going to get Ichiro too often. I knew that rundown would take a while.''

Said Klesko: "I knew he was going to outrun me, so I just dove
after him.''

San Diego, which has won just four of its last 15, snapped an eight-game home losing streak.

Klesko, San Diego's No. 3 batter, went 0-for-4, ending his
56-game streak of reaching base safely. Leadoff batter Mark Kotsay
and No. 2 hitter Deivi Cruz also went 0-for-4.

Jones (5-4) held the Mariners to one run and five hits, struck
out three and walked one. Jones, who lost 19 games last year, won
consecutive starts for just the second time in two seasons with the
Padres, following up a 9-6 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Jones has been plagued with poor first innings this year, so he
tried a new routine. He went to the bullpen five minutes earlier
than normal, throwing about 35-40 pitches more than normal while he
simulated an inning or two in his mind.

"Tonight I went out there and said, `You know what, I'm going
to trust my stuff,''' said Jones, a finesse pitcher. "It's
probably the first time that I've ever went out there and let it
fly. I felt like I was throwing as hard as I could sometimes.''

Hoffman worked 1 1/3 innings for his 17th save in as many
opportunities. Working more than one inning for the first time this
season, he came on with two outs in the eighth and a runner on
first and got pinch-hitter Ben Davis -- a former Padres player -- to
hit a pop foul to first on the second pitch.

With his 331st career save, Hoffman broke a tie with John Wetteland and took sole possession of seventh place on the career list.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the seventh against lefty Alan
Embree, who relieved Jones with two outs, none on and Suzuki coming
up. Suzuki reached on third baseman D'Angelo Jimenez's second
throwing error of the game, and Embree allowed a single and walk
before getting pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra to hit a chopper to third
to end the threat.

"I've seen this game before,'' Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "We had a lot of wasted opportunities. We had the right people up with men in scoring position. But we didn't get the hit when we needed it.''

Ray Lankford got his 1,500th career hit with a leadoff double in
the second, starting a rally off rookie Rafael Soriano (0-3) that
gave San Diego a 2-1 lead. Lankford scored on Bubba Trammell's
single, and Trammell scored on Julius Matos' single. Jimenez hit an
RBI triple in the sixth to make it 3-1.

Seattle scored its run in the second when Dan Wilson singled in
Bret Boone, who doubled with one out.

Soriano, making his fifth big league start, allowed three runs
and eight hits in six hits, struck out four and walked one.

John Olerud extended his hitting streak to 16 with a single
leading off the sixth.

Game notes
San Diego's scheduled starter Sunday, left-hander Oliver
Perez, will be making his major league debut. He will be the sixth
Padres pitcher to make his big league debut this season. ... OF
Eugene Kingsale made his debut in the field for the Padres, taking
over in right during a double-switch in the seventh. When Kingsale
was claimed by the Padres off waivers from the Mariners on Friday,
some of the Mariners, including Piniella, apparently were the last
to find out. Piniella was among those wondering why Kingsale was
sitting in the Padres' dugout during batting practice. Bochy was
the one who broke the news to Piniella.