SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The super-subs saved the day, the series and
the homestand for the San Diego Padres.
Damian Jackson hit a game-winning home run leading off the
eighth inning, his second of the day and his fourth hit, as the
Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Sunday to take two of three
games. He had three RBI, scored three times and stole a base.
Xavier Nady homered for the third straight game, and Mark
Sweeney added an RBI hit.
None are regular starters, but all have come up big for the
Padres, who continue to lead the weak NL West despite several
injuries and a streaky June.
Before the game, the Padres put first baseman Phil Nevin on the
disabled list, where he joined catcher Ramon Hernandez and second
baseman Mark Loretta, as well as their winningest pitcher, Adam
Eaton. Center fielder Dave Roberts has missed two games with a sore
"When that happens, you need guys to go out there to get the
job done, and that's what's happening right now," manager Bruce
Bochy said. "These guys are really softening the blow of the huge
losses we've had here, with their type of play. Jackson, Sweeney
and Nady, they won the game for us."
Jackson, one of the last cuts of spring training, came up from
Triple-A on May 3 after infielder Geoff Blum joined shortstop
Khalil Greene on the DL. Jackson has seen most of his action at
second base after Loretta strained his left thumb on May 18,
Jackson has played with seven big league teams, and is in his
second stint with the Padres. He signed as a free agent in November
after playing in just 21 big league games last year, with the
Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals.
"I'm just thankful to put the uniform on every day and help
contribute anyway I can," Jackson said.
"We know Bruce Bochy's going to use his bench a lot.
Unfortunately, we've had a lot of injuries and guys aren't able to
play. We try to go out there and fill the void and try to make it
seem as if we're not losing a beat, and we've been doing that
It was the first multihomer game for Jackson, and the four hits
tied his career high.
"It's awesome to have Damian have a breakout day because he's
been battling his butt off and giving us energy since he's been
here," Sweeney said.
"Damian Jackson just killed us," Seattle's Bret Boone said.
The Padres won for the sixth time in nine games after dropping
12 of their first 15 this month. They went 4-3 on the homestand.
"It was a great feeling," Rivera said. "I was trying to hit
the ball to just get a base hit. When I hit the ball, I said: 'I've
got a chance.' "
Williams said he left a slider out over the plate.
"I can't do that late in the game," Williams said. "It was
just a bad pitch. Not taking anything away from him, but it was a
great pitch to hit."
With the Padres leading 4-1, Williams allowed consecutive
two-out singles to Bret Boone and Mike Morse before Rivera hit a
2-1 pitch into the seats in left.
Boone also homered off Williams, in the fifth. It was Boone's
Nady drove an 0-1 pitch from Joel Pineiro an estimated 424 feet
into the balcony on the fourth level of the Western Metal Supply
Co. brick warehouse just beyond the left-field corner. It was just
the fourth homer to land there since Petco Park opened last year,
and gave the Padres a 4-0 lead with two outs in the fourth. It was
Nady's sixth this year.
"Every mistake we made to Nady he hit and hit hard," Seattle
manager Mike Hargrove said.
Nady was making his third straight start. He hit a solo homer on
Friday night while starting in place of Nevin, then had a three-run
shot on Saturday while filling in for Roberts. Nady started in
center again Sunday.
Jackson's leadoff homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Pineiro.
Jackson and Sweeney each singled in a run in the third to make
Pineiro got his seventh no-decision in eight starts. He allowed
four runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out three and
Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki didn't start, but pinch-hit in
the ninth and flied out to end the game. Hargrove figured Suzuki
needed a break. ... OF Ben Johnson was recalled from Triple-A
Portland to take Nevin's roster spot.