Padres win sixth straight vs. Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- When Jake Peavy finally faltered, his Padres
teammates were there to finish off the San Francisco Giants.

Peavy lost his no-hit bid and the lead with one out in the sixth
inning, but Brian Giles hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the
seventh and Mark Loretta threw out Barry Bonds trying to score the
tying run in the eighth to help San Diego beat the Giants 3-2
Monday night.

The Padres won their sixth straight over the Giants and moved a
game up on San Francisco for second place in the NL West, four
games behind the Dodgers.

"I would have loved to put it away," Peavy said. "But it's
nice to know when that does happen that you have guys behind you
that can get it done."

Ryan Klesko walked and went to third when Phil Nevin singled off
Felix Rodriguez (3-5) to start the seventh. Scott Eyre relieved and
allowed Giles' flyball.

Scott Linebrink (5-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief,
striking out three and walking none. Trevor Hoffman worked the
ninth for his 27th save in 30 opportunities.

"It's a situation that's becoming more and more comfortable for
me," Linebrink said. "Obviously, though, you don't ever get too
comfortable because there's not a lot of room for error. I'm just
glad to have the opportunity and that the skipper feels confident
in me."

Akinori Otsuka started the eighth by walking Barry Bonds -- his
fourth of the game. Bonds stole second then went to third on a
groundout. He tried to score on A.J. Pierzynski's grounder to
second baseman Mark Loretta but was tagged out by Padres catcher
Ramon Hernandez.

"We had our shots, especially in the eighth inning," Giants
manager Felipe Alou said. "Otsuka kept the ball in the infield."

Peavy continued his mastery of the Giants, not allowing a hit
until Michael Tucker singled with one out in the sixth. He allowed
two runs in the inning -- more than he gave up in three previous
starts against San Francisco this season. In those outings, he
allowed one earned run in 21 innings, going 2-0.

"I was just changing speeds a lot. I wasn't doing anything
special, but I did get some quick outs," Peavy said. "It's a
little too early for [a no-hitter] to start crossing your mind. But
I knew I was in command."

Tucker singled to start the two-run rally and advanced to third
on a ground-rule double by Edgardo Alfonzo. Bonds was then issued
his 80th intentional walk of the season to load the bases.

J.T. Snow followed with an RBI single and Pierzynski added
another run-scoring hit. Linebrink then replaced Peavy and retired
the next two batters with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Peavy ended up allowing four hits and two runs while striking
out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings.

"Their kid showed us he could pitch without his best stuff,"
Alou said. "He even had a no-hitter going without his best

Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer off Kirk Rueter in the fifth
to give the Padres the early lead. After a leadoff walk to Peavy,
Greene connected for his sixth homer of the season.

"It's just one of those things," Pierzynski said. "We walked
two guys, and they scored. They walked Barry but that was about

Rueter went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He
walked five with no strikeouts.

Rueter is 0-2 against the Padres this season with 13 earned runs
allowed in 19 2/3 innings. Coming into the season, he had an 11-2
record versus San Diego.

"I know they kicked us the last couple of years," Peavy said.
"We just want to go up and compete against them. They've been a
very good ball club that's been in the playoffs [recently].

The Padres loaded the bases in the third with a bunt single, a
walk and an error by shortstop Deivi Cruz, who dropped a throw on a
potential double-play ball. Nevin grounded into a double play to
end the inning.

Game notes
This was fifth time this season that Bonds had at least
four walks. On the season, he has 145. ... The Giants' Ray Durham
was ejected for complaining about a called third strike after he
led off in the sixth. ... Hernandez returned to the starting lineup
after he was activated from the disabled list. He sprained his left
knee in a collision at home plate on June 15. To make room for
Hernandez, the Padres assigned C Humberto Quintero to Triple-A
Portland. ... The Giants' Neifi Perez was kept out of the lineup
against Peavy. He is 0-for-10 lifetime against Peavy.