Padres improve to 7-1 against division rivals

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ryan Klesko and the San Diego Padres got back
to their winning ways against the San Francisco Giants.

Klesko had a two-run double and Sean Burroughs added a two-run
single in a five-run sixth inning, and the San Diego Padres beat
the San Francisco Giants for the seventh time in eighth games, 9-4
Wednesday night.

Terrence Long went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, and
scored three runs to improve to 12-for-23 (.523) against the Giants
this season. Khalil Greene had two hits, two RBI and scored twice,
and Ramon Hernandez hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who lost
6-4 to the Giants on Tuesday.

"Guys were hitting the ball well. Everyone felt they had good
plate appearances. That's what we need. We're in a pennant race,"
Klesko said. "We can't afford to lose any games right now. It
doesn't matter who we play, but this is extra special against the
Giants because they are right there."

San Diego improved to 9-3 against its division rival and moved a
game ahead of the Giants for second place in the NL West, 2½ games
behind Los Angeles.

"When they got those five runs, that kind of took the air from
us," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "But we have another big
game coming up (the finale of the four-game series Thursday)."

Klesko was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing with third
base umpire Larry Young, who ruled his drive down the line was
foul. After Klesko made out, he argued with Young.

"The guy missed the call, but it was no big deal" Klesko said.
"It was not just one play. It's been going back for a couple of
years. Larry and I have never really seen eye-to-eye."

Brian Lawrence (11-7) allowed a run and two hits in six innings
before he was pulled for a pinch hitter. He won for the first time
since July 5 after going 0-2 in three starts.

"I honestly didn't feel 100 percent," Lawrence said. "But
it's one of those night that you say, "You don't feel great but
you can get outs, as opposed to feeling great but not getting

With the bases loaded in the sixth, Burroughs greeted reliever
Wayne Franklin with a two-run single up the middle, which deflected
off the glove of shortstop Neifi Perez.

Klesko then doubled in two more and scored on a double by Phil
Nevin to make it 8-1.

Giants starter Dustin Hermanson (4-4) gave up six runs and eight
hits in 5 1-3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He
dropped to 0-2 in three starts, giving up 13 earned runs allowed in
15 innings against the Padres this season.

"I'm not really disappointed in the game, but the sixth inning
pretty much," Hermanson said. "I let the leadoff guy on and gave
up two walks -- and they all ended up scoring."

In the sixth, Greene made a diving stop on a one-hop grounder to
start an inning-ending double play with Barry Bonds on deck.

"We've seen that so many times," Padres manager Bruce Bochy
said. "He not only takes away a hit, but he also turns it into a
double play."

Hernandez staked the Padres to a 2-0 lead in the second when he
hit his eighth homer of the season. He connected on a 3-2 pitch
after Greene hit a one-out single.

Greene added an RBI single in the fourth, driving in Long, who
led off with a double.

The Giants closed to 3-1 in the fifth, when A.J. Pierzynski
doubled with one out for the first hit off Lawrence and scored on a
two-out single by Perez.

Pierzynski hit a three-run homer off Jay Witasick in the ninth
to make it 9-4.

Game notes
Franklin had lower back spasms. His status is day to day.
Klesko had his first three-base hit since 2002, when he had one on
the season. ... Hernandez has eight homers, one more than Padres
catchers had last season. He was acquired from Oakland during the
offseason to become the starting catcher. ... Hermanson fell to 3-2
on the road this season. ... Bonds lined out in the fourth to third
baseman Burroughs, who was playing in the shortstop hole because of
a defensive shift.