Series: Game 3 of 4

San Diego leads 3-0 (as of 4/28)

Game 1: Monday, April 26
San Diego3
Game 2: Tuesday, April 27
San Diego3
Game 3: Wednesday, April 28
San Diego5
Game 4: Thursday, April 29
San Diego2

Expos 4

(5-17, 3-10 away)

Padres 5

(13-9, 8-4 home)

10:05 PM ET, April 28, 2004

Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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W: A. Osuna (1-0)

L: L. Ayala (0-4)

S: T. Hoffman (5)

Greene's triple caps rally in eighth inning

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres are getting pretty good at late-inning rallies.

Rookie Khalil Greene hit an RBI triple to cap a three-run eighth inning that carried the Padres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos on Wednesday night.

It was the fifth time this season the Padres won in their last at-bat, four of them at home.

"That was a great comeback," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It wasn't real pretty, but guys were hustling. Greenie came through with a huge one."

Ramon Hernandez came racing around from first on Greene's triple to right-center off Luis Ayala (0-4). Hernandez had reached on an RBI grounder, the second straight close play at first. Jay Payton hit an infield single to drive in the other run, although replays showed he was out by a step.

"To be a successful team, wins like that are important," Greene said. "To know that when you're down, that you have a chance at any time to still come back and win and be confident in the late innings. So far throughout the season, we've done that."

Brian Giles, who started the rally with a leadoff single off Rigo Beltran, also hit a solo homer in the fifth.

Antonio Osuna (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win, which put the Padres four games above .500 for the first time since May 25, 2001. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save in as many nights, and fifth in six chances.

Montreal's Jamey Carroll had a two-run double among his career-high four hits. He finished 4-for-5. Andy Fox hit a solo homer in the first, and the Expos -- baseball's worst-hitting team -- set a season high with 13 hits.

But the Expos were frustrated again.

"I mean, four hits or no hits, it doesn't matter. We lost," Carroll said. "We're hitting the ball. I'm not sure how many we had, but we were sure swinging the bats better and we still came away with a loss. It's frustrating."

Manager Frank Robinson added: "We scored enough runs to win tonight. We just didn't get the job done in the eighth inning. That's my fault. I'll take that one myself because I didn't put the right people out there to get the job done."

Montreal came in batting just .201 with 36 runs scored after being shut out Tuesday night for the sixth time this season.

Can it get any worse?

"Stick around," Robinson said. "Yeah, it can get worse. It can get better. I hope that it will get better before it gets worse."

The Expos' three-run rally in the sixth chased starter Adam Eaton and erased a 2-1 lead that San Diego built on homers by Phil Nevin and Giles.

Eaton failed to get an out in the sixth. He allowed singles to Juan Rivera and Brian Schneider, then hit Valentino Pascucci on the left shoulder to load the bases. Endy Chavez singled up the middle to tie the score at 2 and chase Eaton.

Scott Linebrink came on and got pinch-hitter Ron Calloway to fly out to right, but Carroll hit a grounder down the line past diving third baseman Sean Burroughs for a 4-2 lead.

Eaton gave up 10 hits and four runs, struck out five and walked none.

Nevin homered in the fourth, and Giles in the fifth -- both to right-center, the deepest part of the park, and both off Claudio Vargas, who allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. Vargas also got his first big league hit, a single to right-center in the third.

Game notes

The crowd of 24,079 was the smallest in 12 games at Petco Park. ... SS Orlando Cabrera's streak of 151 straight starts ended, but he replaced Fox starting the bottom of the seventh, for his 190th straight game. ... Expos RHP John Patterson was put on the 15-day disabled list a day after straining a groin muscle. The Expos recalled right-hander T.J. Tucker from Triple-A Edmonton, who will pitch in long relief while Sun-woo Kim will start in Patterson's spot Sunday in Los Angeles. ... Bochy is impressed with the hot start by Mark Loretta. "We haven't seen this kind of consistency since Tony Gwynn," Bochy said.

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