Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

San Diego leads 2-0 (as of 4/10)

Game 1: Thursday, April 8
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in 10
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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Giants 4

(2-3, 2-3 away)

Padres 6

(3-2, 2-0 home)

10:05 PM ET, April 10, 2004

Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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W: S. Linebrink (1-0)

L: J. Brower (0-1)

S: T. Hoffman (1)

Hoffman gets first save in 19 months

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With Barry Bonds on deck and the bases loaded, Trevor Hoffman pumped three changeups past Michael Tucker to earn his first save in 19 months.

"It's been a long road to get all the way back to this stage," Hoffman said after preserving the San Diego Padres' 6-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. "Hopefully this kick starts it and then we get on a pretty good roll."

Hoffman struggled in the ninth but got his 353rd career save -- fifth on the all-time list -- and his first since September 2002. Hoffman, who blew a save Thursday night in the first game at Petco Park, missed the first five months of the 2003 season after undergoing double shoulder surgery. He didn't pitch in any save situations when he returned in September.

The Padres kept Bonds in the yard for the second straight game and Phil Nevin had four hits to tie his career high.

Hoffman retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a pinch-hit single to Pedro Feliz, a double to Ray Durham and a walk to J.T. Snow. He then struck out Tucker on three straight changeups.

"His last three pitches were his best three," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was just missing, and he made his pitches when he had to."

On Thursday night, with the Padres leading 1-0 in the ninth and a sellout crowd on its feet, Hoffman allowed hits on his first two pitches and blew the save. The Padres rallied to win 4-3 in the 10th.

"The thing I was most upset about the other night is I felt I disappointed everybody," Hoffman said. "It was a perfect situation, and then to go out and feel like you let not only your teammates down, but really, the city of San Diego in a situation that couldn't be any bigger, made it a little tougher to come in tonight. But I was happy to get through it."

Bonds went 1-for-3 with a walk and remained on hold with 659 home runs, one behind his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career list. Bonds, who singled to center off Brian Lawrence in the fifth, has 75 career homers against the Padres, his most against any team, but hasn't connected in the first two games at Petco Park.

"He's hitting a lot of balls off the end of his bat," manager Felipe Alou said. "Barry's been there before with breaking records. I don't think he's pressing."

Nevin went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, including in the seventh when the heart of the order got to the Giants' bullpen to break a 4-all tie.

Brian Giles hit a leadoff ground-rule double to center off Jim Brower (0-1), advanced on Nevin's single and scored the go-ahead run with a nice hook slide past catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Jay Payton's grounder to third. Edgardo Alfonzo's throw beat Giles home but Pierzynski was on the first-base side of the plate and Giles slid around him.

Left-hander Kevin Walker, released by the Padres during spring training, came on to face Ryan Klesko and gave up a ground-rule double to center that scored Nevin.

Scott Linebrink (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the win in relief of Lawrence.

Giants starter Kirk Rueter was hit on the back of his right hand in the second inning on a comebacker by Nevin that dropped for an infield single. The left-hander shook it off and stayed in the game, ending up with his second straight no-decision. He was taken for X-rays, which were negative.

The Giants scored four runs in the third inning on just two hits, as Lawrence hit one batter and walked three. Lawrence walked Bonds to load the bases and Pierzynski followed with an RBI single that fell just in front of center fielder Jay Payton. Lawrence then walked Edgardo Alfonzo on four straight pitches to force in another run. Marquis Grissom capped the inning with a two-run single for a 4-1 lead.

The Padres had five hits and a walk against Rueter in the fourth to tie it at 4. Nevin started it with a double over the head of right fielder Tucker and scored on Klesko's sacrifice fly. Sean Burroughs and rookie Khalil Greene added RBI singles.

Nevin scored the Padres' first run on Ramon Hernandez's RBI single in the second.

Lawrence, who won at Los Angeles on opening day, allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, struck out two and walked four. Rueter gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, walked two and struck out none.

Game notes


Nevin has six career four-hit games. His most recent one had been Aug. 27, 2002, at Houston. ... Padres LHP Sterling Hitchcock didn't make his scheduled start for Class-A Lake Elsinore on Saturday night because of a rib-cage strain and he doesn't know if he'll make his scheduled start for San Diego on Saturday night against Arizona. Because the No. 5 spot doesn't come up until Saturday, Hitchcock was optioned to Lake Elsinore's roster when the 25-man roster was set last weekend.

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