SAN DIEGO (AP) -- One night after clinching the NL West title,
the San Diego Padres popped back above .500.
Brian Lawrence held San Francisco to three hits over nine
innings and a lineup more suited for spring training beat the
Giants 1-0 in 11 innings on Thursday night. Damian Jackson drove in
the winning run with his fourth hit, a one-out single in the 11th.
The Padres improved to 80-79. They need to win two of three
against the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend to finish with a
winning record. No division winner has finished a non-strike year
with a losing record.
"There's some pride here," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We
wanted to get that game. There'll be a lot of talk if we don't
finish over .500. It would be nice to play well the rest of the
Since 1969, and excluding strike-shortened years, the 1973 New
York Mets own the lowest winning percentage of a division champion
by going 82-79 (.509) to win the NL East.
David Ross started the winning rally with a bunt single leading
off the 11th against Jeremy Accardo (1-5) and advanced on Sean
Burroughs' groundout. Jackson then singled down the left-field
line, matching his career-high for hits.
Bochy rested all his regulars. San Francisco manager Felipe Alou
played only four regulars, and Barry Bonds got the night off. The
Giants haven't said if Bonds will play at all in a season-ending
home series against Arizona.
San Diego had runners on second and third with two outs in the
ninth before pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney flied out to center.
Lawrence retired 12 straight and 16 of 17 before walking Yamid
Haad with two outs in the eighth and allowing a single to Todd
Linden. He then got pinch-hitter Randy Winn to fly out to center.
Lawrence struck out five and walked two.
"It's hard to throw much better than that. He made it look easy
out there," Bochy said.
Lawrence, who has struggled most of the season, would have gone
back out in the 10th if his spot in the batting order hadn't come
"The way I've struggled this month, and to go out and do well,
it means volumes for whatever happens after this, to have
confidence to go out there and know I can get outs still," said
Lawrence, who didn't make it past four innings in any of his three
"I think we hit about four balls hard today, or was it three?"
"If they get pitching like that in the playoffs, they could be
tough," San Francisco's Edgardo Alfonso said.
Lawrence doesn't think it matters if the Padres finish with a
"We're playing pretty solid baseball right now, so I think
anybody who overlooks us right now, it's going to be their problem
to deal with," he said.
Reliever Scott Cassidy (1-1) pitched two perfect innings for the
Giants starter Noah Lowry allowed three hits in six innings,
struck out eight and walked two.
Bochy hasn't announced his playoff rotation, but he did say that
right-hander Adam Eaton is scheduled to start Sunday's
regular-season finale against Los Angeles.
Asked if that meant Pedro Astacio would start Game 2 of the
division series next Thursday, Bochy said: "Not necessarily. You
guys can speculate all you want."
Ace Jake Peavy is expected to start Game 1 on Tuesday. Besides
Astacio, the other candidate to start Game 2 would be Woody
Williams (8-12), who has struggled in his last two starts.
Eaton lasted only 3 1-3 innings Tuesday night against the
Giants, getting a no-decision. He allowed six runs and nine hits.
"He needs to get back out there and pitch," Bochy said.
Bochy said he would work the regulars back into the lineup over
San Francisco reliever Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless seventh in
his major league-leading 84th appearance. That breaks his own
Giants record for appearances in a season by a left-hander, and is
Bochy said he got a call at 4:30 a.m. from former teammate
Rich Gossage, who was on the East Coast and had just found out
about the Padres clinching the NL West. ... The most surprising
moment of Wednesday night's clubhouse celebration for Bochy was
when Robert Fick poured tequila over his head. "Nobody had as much
fun as Ficky last night," Bochy said. "I'm just glad somebody
didn't throw a cigar on me or something. I would have been like a
torch running around." ... CF Dave Roberts, out with a strained
left quadriceps, took batting practice and ran the bases before
Thursday night's game. He's due back sometime this weekend.