Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, July 30
San Diego 6Final
Chicago 5
Game 2: Wednesday, July 31
San Diego 8Final
in 11
Chicago 6
Game 3: Thursday, August 1
San Diego 7Final
Chicago 8

Padres 7

(45-63, 17-37 away)

Cubs 8

(45-61, 24-30 home)

    2:20 PM ET, August 1, 2002

    Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: T. Gordon (1-1)

    L: T. Hoffman (1-3)

    Gonzalez plays hero against Hoffman

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Instead of tying Rollie Fingers, Trevor Hoffman allowed Chicago to tie the game and win it -- all on one pitch.

    Alex Gonzalez

    Trevor Hoffman

    Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run, two-out double off Hoffman in the ninth inning Thursday, rallying the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 8-7.

    Hoffman (1-3) was one out from matching Fingers for sixth on the career saves list at 341, but instead blew a save for only the second time in 27 chances this season.

    "When you play the San Diego Padres, it is an eight-inning game, and if you are not ahead, you generally lose,'' Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm said.

    Chicago, which had trailed 7-3, had been just 1-53 when behind after eight innings.

    With the Padres ahead 7-6, Sammy Sosa singled leading off the ninth, Roosevelt Brown grounded into a fielder's choice and Fred McGriff, pinch hitting for Tom Gordon (1-1), singled.

    With runners on first and second, Corey Patterson lined out. Gonzalez fell behind 0-2 in the count, then Gonzalez doubled to deep right-center. Pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored the winning run with a headfirst slide, easily beating the throw.

    "Odds were against me,'' Gonzalez said.

    Chicago won in its final at-bat for the sixth time. Two of them came on game-ending homers by Gonzalez.

    "I made a pretty bad pitch in an 0-2 situation,'' Hoffman said.

    San Diego had been 38-1 when taking a lead into the ninth. Hoffman's only other blown save this year was at San Francisco on June 26.

    Gordon got his first victory since May 6, 2001, against Los Angeles.

    "It's been tough the last couple of games,'' Gordon said. "I think today was a great game because we were able to fight back. This was a blessing.''

    After giving up two home runs in the 11th inning Wednesday in a 8-6 loss to the Padres, Kyle Farnsworth couldn't protect a 3-2 lead in the eighth as San Diego rallied for five runs. Farnsworth gave up four runs and four hits in one-third of an inning.

    Farnsworth relieved Jon Lieber, and Ramon Vazquez led off with a triple. Mark Kotsay's singled tied it, Phil Nevin singled with one out and Ron Gant hit a two-run double. Gene Kingsdale's two-run homer off Gordon put San Diego ahead 7-3.

    Mark Bellhorn hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Fikac in the eighth as Chicago closed within a run and making it save situation for Hoffman.

    "I really didn't want to use Hoffman today,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

    Lieber, winless in seven starts since June 21, gave up consecutive singles to Vazquez and Kotsay at the start of the game, then retired 17 consecutive batters before Kotsay singled in the sixth. Lieber allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

    "Lieber is what championship teams are made of,'' Kimm said. "He goes out and gives everything he has.''

    Padres starter Jake Peavy gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings.

    Ryan Klesko hit a sacrifice fly in the first, but Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the third when Lieber doubled, Bill Mueller tripled and Sosa hit a sacrifice fly.

    Tom Lampkin tied it with an RBI grounder in the seventh as Gonzalez threw high to first, failing to complete what would have been an inning-ending double play.

    Brown's hit a sacrifice fly off Tom Davey that put Chicago ahead 3-2 in the seventh after Bobby M. Jones -- acquired Wednesday from the New York Mets -- walked Bellhorn leading off.

    Game notes

    McGriff was scratched from the lineup due to a bruise by his left ribcage, where he was hit by a pitch Wednesday. ... Gametime temperature was 91 degrees with a heat index of 99. ... Joe Girardi was activated from the disabled list before the game.

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