Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/20)

Game 1: Friday, July 19
Arizona 1Final
San Diego 6
Game 2: Saturday, July 20
Arizona 7Final
San Diego 1
Game 3: Sunday, July 21
Arizona 9Final
San Diego 11

Diamondbacks 7

(57-40, 29-22 away)

Padres 1

(40-57, 25-25 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 20, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: M. Myers (4-3)

    L: M. Holtz (1-1)

    Bell returns to score winning run for D-Backs

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Leave it to the Arizona Diamondbacks to stage a big rally.


    Steve Finley tripled, doubled and drove in four runs in the last two innings against his former team and the Diamondbacks snapped a five-game losing streak against the last-place San Diego Padres with a 7-1 victory Saturday night.

    After being held scoreless through seven innings by rookie Oliver Perez, the Diamondbacks tied the game on Finley's RBI triple in the eighth. They went ahead on a single by Jay Bell, who was playing for the first time since scoring the winning run in the ninth inning in Game 7 of the World Series.

    Finley capped his big night with a three-run double in the ninth, eventually scoring on the play on a throwing error by second baseman Julius Matos.

    Luis Gonzalez, whose bloop single scored Bell to cap the Diamondbacks' World Series-winning rally, was aboard for Finley's ninth-inning double.

    "We were in the worst possible position you could be in last year in the World Series in Game 7, so if you can overcome stuff like that, this is practically nothing after that,'' Gonzalez said. "From experience like that, you learn not to panic. It doesn't matter what inning you're in.''

    Bell had been sidelined all season with an injury to each calf muscle until being activated Friday night. He made his season debut Saturday, playing first base for the first time in his big league career and going 1-for-3 with one RBI.

    San Diego's bullpen blew a 1-0 lead after Perez made another impressive start, holding the Diamondbacks to four hits in seven innings and striking out seven.

    Steve Reed started the eighth and walked the only batter he faced, Junior Spivey. Lefty Mike Holtz (1-1) came on and got two straight outs, but Finley tripled into the Diamondbacks' bullpen in the right-field corner on a full-count pitch to score Spivey with the tying run.

    Two pitches later, Bell singled up the middle to score Finley.

    Craig Counsell added an RBI double in the ninth for Arizona.

    Mike Myers (4-3) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. After walking Mark Kotsay with two outs in the eighth, Myers struck out Ryan Klesko.

    Padres catcher Tom Lampkin homered to right leading off the third inning against John Patterson, who was making his major league debut.

    "I wanted to come out of the game giving our team a chance to win. That's what I did,'' Patterson said.

    Patterson, a 24-year-old right-hander who had won his last five decisions with Triple-A Tucson, was recalled Friday after Rick Helling went on the disabled list. Patterson allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.

    "He was outstanding,'' manager Bob Brenly said. "Under tough circumstances, a full house out there in a ballpark where we've had our problems, and one solo home run. I don't know how you could pitch any better than he did tonight.''

    Perez, who at 20 is the youngest player in the majors, walked three and lowered his ERA from 3.35 to 2.82.

    "He did his job,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "We said we weren't going to overextend this kid. They got to our pen. We just couldn't get six outs there. We had two strikes, two outs and Finley's ball had eyes down the line.''

    The Padres had runners on first and second and none out in the sixth but failed to score. Klesko flied out to center and Ramon Vazquez was doubled off second after Phil Nevin flied out to center.

    Game notes

    Plate umpire Matt Hollowell warned both benches after Perez hit Finley in the upper back in the sixth inning. Perez reacted like he was disappointed he hit Finley. ... Arizona C Damian Miller pinch-hit for Patterson in the seventh inning, the first time he's played since back spasms forced him out of a game at Los Angeles on July 12.

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