"It bounced our way. Literally," Sean Burroughs said.
With Greene on second and Burroughs at first, Hairston tried to
glove Mark Loretta's chopper to second and tag Burroughs to start a
double play, but the ball popped loose, bounced off Burroughs' foot
and rolled into shallow left, allowing Greene to score.
"It looked like he was trying to get the ball quick, tag me, go
to first, and I was trying to avoid him," Burroughs said. "It
looked like the ball hit his palm and ricocheted off me. It went
Hairston said the ball was in the tip of his glove. "It didn't
help that he was running full speed. I tried to hold onto it, I
couldn't. That's just the only play I thought I had. I was trying
to tag him and throw to first to get out of the inning."
Manager Bob Brenly said he wasn't sure what was going through
Hairston's mind at the time.
"It's a tough play when the ball and the runner come together
at the same time," Brenly said. "We're not really worried about a
double play right there, just get an out."
The Padres, who blew a big scoring chance in the ninth, started
the winning rally when Greene was hit by a pitch from Mike Koplove
(2-2) leading off the inning. The rookie was sacrificed to second
by pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez.
Trevor Hoffman (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
San Diego had runners on first and second with no outs in the
ninth and failed to score, with the inning ending on a baserunning
blunder by Phil Nevin, who was thrown out at home.
"Obviously, if I slide, I'm probably safe," Nevin said. "But I had no idea Hillenbrand had hesitated [before throwing home]. I really thought the ball was going to beat me."
Brian Giles and Nevin drew consecutive walks from Brandon Villafuerte to open the ninth, but Kerry Robinson's bunt fell right in front of the plate, allowing Hammock to force Giles at third. Jay Payton flied out, bringing up Ojeda.
It was just the fifth win in 14 games for the Padres, who won
consecutive games for the first time since June 5-6 against
Milwaukee. Arizona lost its fifth straight, its seventh in eight
"We just seem to find new ways to lose ballgames," Brenly
said. "We seem to continue to give the other team chances to
The Padres took a five-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead into the
eighth before Steve Finley homered to right with two outs on a
hanging curveball from Akinori Otsuka. It was the 18th for Finley,
who played with the Padres from 1995 to 1998.
It was the first earned run allowed by Otsuka in 13 1/3 innings
spanning 12 appearances dating to May 25, and his first home run
allowed in 34 2/3 innings this season.
Padres starter Adam Eaton didn't allow a baserunner past second
base in seven scoreless innings.
Burroughs was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a
double for the second out of the eighth, although replays appeared
to show he was safe. It was the second time Burroughs was thrown
out on the basepaths.
Nevin, who has complained about how the ball fails to carry at Petco Park, hit an RBI double to center off knuckleballer Steve Sparks with two outs in the first to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Burroughs led off the first with a walk and was thrown out
trying to go to third on Giles' single to left. Giles went to
second on the throw, then scored on Nevin's hit.
Sparks got his third straight no-decision against San Diego this
year despite allowing just four earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. He
held the Padres to one run and three hits in seven innings, with
three strikeouts and two walks.
The series concludes Wednesday night with a matchup of
lefties, Randy Johnson (9-5, 3.05 ERA) against David Wells (2-5,
3.06). ... Padres RHP Jake Peavy, on the DL with a strained right
forearm, threw a four-inning simulated game. He's scheduled to make
a rehab start for Double-A Mobile on Sunday, then be activated July 2, when he'll start at home against Kansas City.