Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Friday, September 23
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Game 2: Saturday, September 24
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Game 3: Sunday, September 25
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in 10

Padres 5

(77-77, 36-44 away)

Diamondbacks 8

(71-84, 35-45 home)

    9:40 PM ET, September 24, 2005

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: T. Worrell (1-2)

    L: A. Otsuka (2-7)

    S: J. Valverde (11)

    NL West leader San Diego slips back to .500

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Chad Tracy doubled in three runs in Arizona's five-run eighth inning, and the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 on Saturday night.

    Tracy was 3-for-5 with two doubles and Luis Gonzalez homered twice with three RBI for the Diamondbacks, who avoided elimination in the NL West. The first-place Padres dropped back to .500 at 77-77 -- the same record as the last-place New York Mets in the NL East.

    Ramon Hernandez hit a three-run homer for the Padres, who led 5-3 before Arizona's comeback.

    With San Francisco's 6-0 loss at Colorado, the Padres lead the second-place Giants by five games with eight to play.

    Akinori Otsuka (2-7), the sixth of seven San Diego pitchers, allowed four runs, two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.

    Tim Worrell (1-2) pitched a perfect eighth to get the victory in his 650th major league appearance, his first win since Sept. 25 last year. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

    Alex Cintron led off the Arizona eighth with a double, then pinch-hitter Royce Clayton and Craig Counsell drew one-out walks to load the bases. Gonzalez singled in Cintron, and Chris Hammond relieved Otsuka. Tracy sent Hammond's 1-1 pitch over Damian Jackson in center to clear the bases.

    Hernandez's two-out homer off Russ Ortiz broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth. Gonzalez leaped high to try to catch the ball at the left-field wall. Replays indicated the ball bounced off the top of Gonzalez's glove over the wall. But he said afterward that he slipped into a crease in the wall and the ball skimmed over his reach off the padding and into the stands.

    Padres shortstop Khalil Greene left the game with a bruised left shin after fouling a ball off his leg in the third inning. San Diego said Greene's availability was day to day.

    Arizona's Russ Ortiz escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third. But in the fourth pitcher Brian Lawrence, hitting .059 coming in, singled for the second time in as many at bats, then Dave Roberts walked. Loretta flied out, and Hernandez homered to give San Diego a 5-2 lead.

    Counsell's RBI double cut it to 5-3 in the bottom half.< Notes: Lawrence, who has five hits in 56 at-bats, raised his average to .089. He is 0-3 in his last seven starts. ... Linebrink has not allowed an earned run in his last 20 outings. ... San Diego is trying to avoid the worst record by a division champion in baseball history, 82-79 by the 1973 Mets. That doesn't count 1994 season, when a strike ended the season with Texas atop the AL West at 52-62.

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