ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Khalil Greene picked an opportune time to
get a big hit for the Padres.
Greene snapped an 0-for-23 drought with a double in the ninth
inning and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by rookie
catcher Mike Napoli, helping San Diego beat the Los Angeles Angels
5-4 in the opener of the first interleague series between the teams
Greene, who was off Thursday after starting 46 consecutive
games, struck out with two men on base in each of his first two
at-bats and grounded out his third time up. But he came through in
"He picked a good time to get a hit, no doubt about it,"
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's a tough kid. We all go through our
ups and downs, and he was being tested. But if anybody can handle
it, it's Greenie.
"I think anytime you go through something like that, a day off
is good for you -- just to get your mind off it. But I don't know
how much of a day off it was for him yesterday, because I think he
was in the cage for three or four innings working on things. That's
the way he is. He's relentless."
For the second straight night, Los Angeles closer Francisco
Rodriguez (0-2) gave up an unearned run. After Greene burned him on
an 0-2 breaking ball, Josh Barfield followed with a sacrifice bunt
in front of the plate and Napoli tried for the runner at third, but
bounced his throw past Dallas McPherson and Greene scored.
"It's an aggressive play, and I'm fine with a guy making an
error out of an aggressive attempt," said manager Mike Scioscia, a
former All-Star catcher. "It just didn't work out, but those are
the kind of errors you'll accept because it was an aggressive
The unearned run was the 48th allowed by the Angels, the most in
the majors and three more than they gave up all of last season.
Their three errors raised their total to 51, the most in the AL.
In his previous three appearances against the Angels during the
regular season, Hoffman gave up four ninth-inning runs after coming
in with a 4-1 lead; threw a wild pitch that allowed the winning run
to score in the 11th inning, and forced home the winning run with a
ninth-inning walk his last time out against them in 2001.
"I think that's the good thing about having short-term
memory," Hoffman said with a grin. "Going back a few years, I'm
having a hard time remembering, so that's good. It should have been
in the back of my mind. They've had a little transition over there,
but still there's a lot of veterans over there and they're a very
good hitting ballclub. So I was just happy to be able to get in and
Anderson's leadoff homer in the sixth against Clay Hensley put
Los Angeles ahead 4-3, after Gonzalez led off the top of the inning
against Jeff Weaver with his eighth home run to tie it. The Padres
pulled even again in the seventh when Dave Roberts bunted for a hit
and scored from second on Brian Giles' single against Hector
The Padres got a break in the fourth when left fielder Rivera
lost Mark Bellhorn's lazy flyball in the twilight and it fell
behind him for a double that sent Gonzalez to third. Barfield then
hit a two-out double to score both runners and cut the Angels' lead
Hensley allowed four runs, eight hits and one walk in 7 1/3
innings without striking out a batter in his first career start
against the Angels.
Weaver allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings,
striking out nine and walking one. The right-hander was staked to
an early 3-0 lead, but was pulled after 100 pitches with the slim
4-3 advantage. He ended up with a no-decision that left him 2-7 in
his last 10 starts.
After the game, the Angels optioned right-hander Jered Weaver,
Jeff's brother, to Triple-A Salt Lake and activated reigning AL Cy
Young Award winner Bartolo Colon from the disabled list. Colon will
start Sunday against the Padres after being sidelined since April
16 with inflammation in his shoulder.
The Padres and Angels won the West Division title in their
respective leagues last season. ... Weaver was 2-0 last season
against the Padres, pitching a five-hit shutout in the first start
and allowing a run over 7 1-3 innings in the other. ... Angels SS
Orlando Cabrera was 1-for-4 and has reached safely in 46
consecutive games, the longest current streak in the majors. ...
Padres manager Bruce Bochy is two wins away from 900 in the majors.
... Hoffman got his 452nd career save, putting him within 26 of Lee
Smith's major league record.