Klesko finishes a homer short of the cycle

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- After 5,315 games during 34 seasons, the San Diego Padres still haven't had a player hit for the cycle.

Ryan Klesko fell a home run short as the Padres beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 6-1 Friday night, San Diego's fifth straight win over
the defending World Series champions.

Klesko had a triple and double among his four hits and scored three times.

With Klesko already having hit a triple, double and single, the crowd of 27,803 gave him a nice ovation as he batted with one out in the seventh.

But Klesko was jammed by lefty Greg Swindell and beat out an
infield single to shortstop to finish 4-for-4.

"If you go up trying to hit a home run, 99 percent of the time you're not going to do it,'' Klesko said.

"I really didn't think he was going to throw that fastball middle-in, everybody in the ballpark knowing I was trying to hit a homer. I thought he was going to throw that slider, and he threw that fastball in and jammed me. It was a good pitch. I got another single out of it.''

It was the 11th time in his career that Klesko fell a particular hit shy of the cycle, four with the Padres and seven with the Atlanta Braves.

"That's one of the hardest things to do, is hit a home run if you're trying,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "He got a hit out of it.''

The Padres won their fourth straight overall, matching their
season high.

Although the Padres are last in the NL West, 16 games behind the Diamondbacks, they're a combined 10-6 against Arizona (5-2) and second-place Los Angeles (5-4). The Padres were coming off a two-game sweep at Dodger Stadium.

Bubba Trammell was 3-for-3 with three RBI.

Klesko hit an RBI triple into the Diamondbacks' bullpen in the
right-field corner in the first inning and scored on Phil Nevin's
single. Klesko doubled leading off the third into the Padres'
bullpen in the left-field corner and eventually scored on
Trammell's sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead.

Klesko singled to center leading off the fifth but was stranded.
After his seventh inning single, Klesko scored on Trammell's
two-run single.

Tom Lampkin drove in San Diego's other run, on an infield single
in the second.

Bobby Jones (6-5) won for the third time in four decisions and
for the second time against Arizona this year. He allowed one run
and nine hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked none.

Jones, backed by three double plays, gave up David Dellucci's
homer to right with two outs in the second.

Miguel Batista (4-7) lost his fourth straight decision, over six
starts, after allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. He
struck out one and walked two. His last win was 9-5 over Mike
Mussina and the New York Yankees on June 12.

"They hit some good pitches,'' Batista said. "I got them to hit the ball on the ground, but they got a couple of bloops, hit some balls right down the line.''

Game notes
The Padres had four double plays overall. ... Diamondbacks
RHP Rick Helling, who had been scheduled to start Saturday night,
was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle,
retroactive to Tuesday. RHP John Patterson was recalled from
Triple-A Tucson and is scheduled to make his major league debut in
place of Helling on Saturday night, against rookie Oliver Perez.
... The Padres plan to put C Wiki Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled
list Saturday with a strained quad. The Padres will call up Wilbert
Nieves from Triple-A Portland, his first major league promotion.
... Gonzalez missed his second straight game after his wife gave
birth to their first child, a boy.