CHICAGO (AP) -- Tom Lampkin provided the pick-me-up the San Diego
Lampkin tied the game with a seventh-inning home run and singled
in the go-ahead run in the eighth Tuesday night, leading the Padres
past the Chicago Cubs 6-5. The Padres had just dropped four straight to the Arizona
Diamondbacks, including an especially tough loss Sunday in which
Luis Gonzalez hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning after a
third-strike call on an 0-2 check swing was overruled, giving him
another chance. ''I didn't think we played that badly Arizona,'' said Lampkin,
whose club lost a pair of one-run games to the world champions.
''But to come in here and come from behind is a testament to our
abilities.'' Bubba Trammell also homered as the Padres overcame Sammy Sosa's
32nd homer. Mike Holtz (2-1) pitched two innings, and Trevor Hoffman got
three outs for his 25th save in 26 chances, sending the Cubs to
their sixth loss in seven games. Tom Gordon (0-1) was the loser. Mark Prior, a San Diego native who attended Southern Cal, faced
his hometown team for the first time and struck out 10. The rookie,
making his 13th major league start, left after Brian Buchanan's
shot hit his right foot in the seventh inning. Prior walked off the field under his own power and sat in the
dugout. He had thrown 115 pitches, and Jeff Fassero was ready in
the bullpen. ''I was going to take him out anyway,'' Cubs manager Bruce Kimm
said. Prior couldn't hold a 5-2 lead, allowing five runs and eight
hits in six-plus innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts
for the fourth time. ''We had a lead and it should have been enough for me,'' Prior
said. ''I'm disappointed in myself.'' San Diego closed within a run on Trammell's two-run homer in the
sixth, which went over the seats in left and landed on Waveland
Avenue. ''At least he made it past the second row of seats this time,''
said Prior, who has allowed 11 homers in 79 innings this season.
''I lost my focus in the second and maybe I lost it in the sixth.'' Lampkin came in batting .195 and was 0-for-2 until he tied it in
the seventh with his sixth homer. He put the Padres ahead with a
two-out single in the eighth off Gordon. ''Gordon threw a curve. It wasn't a bad pitch that was down and
happened to find a hole,'' Lampkin said. Sosa's two-run homer and Corey Patterson's two-out RBI double
built a 3-0 lead in the first. Gene Kingsale hit an RBI double to left in the second, and one
out later, pitcher Bobby J. Jones pulled the Padres within a run
with a safety squeeze. Mark Bellhorn hit a solo homer in the bottom half, and Bill
Mueller homered in the fifth. Jones allowed five runs in six innings. ''There was a lot of game left and the wind was blowing out,''
Jones said. ''We don't roll over and die.''
Bulls rookie Jay Williams, who crossed himself before
winding up, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Jones came in
11-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 games against the Cubs. His only loss to
them came with the Mets in April 1994. ... Padres batters struck
out 16 times.