Padres 6, Pirates 5
The Pittsburgh Pirates nearly kept up their winning road ways,
but will have to wait to hit that elusive .500 mark.
The Pirates held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the
seventh, when relievers Mike Crotta and Joe Beimel combined to
allow San Diego to tie the score. Rob Johnson then homered in the
eighth off Beimel to give San Diego a 6-5 win on Tuesday night.
After going 17-64 on the road last year, Pirates came in with a
10-7 road record. Pittsburgh fell to 14-16 overall.
Heath Bell came on in the ninth inning and tied Trevor Hoffman’s
club record with his 41st consecutive save, but not before the
Bell walked Brandon Wood to lead off the ninth. After a
sacrifice bunt, Bell bounced a pitch in the dirt and Wood took off
for third base. Johnson pounced on the ball and fired a low strike
to Chase Headley for the second out. Bell then struck out
pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit to end the game.
”You see (the ball) in the dirt and it’s just a reaction to
take off,” Wood said. ”In that situation, I felt comfortable with
it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.”
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t sure Wood’s play was
”You’re already in scoring position and if you’re safe, we’re
all happy,” Hurdle said. ”But he pushed the envelope a little
bit. At times you have to be smart, so when you’re out at third
like that, it never looks good.”
Johnson’s first home run of the season came off Beimel (0-1) and
gave the Padres just their fifth home win in 17 games, still the
majors’ worst home record.
Bell’s 41st consecutive save, and seventh in seven chances this
year, tied the team record set by Hoffman, the career saves leader.
It also tied Bell with Hoffman and Rod Beck for fourth place on the
Mike Adams (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.
The home run was Johnson’s first since last May 18, when he
played for Seattle.
Starting pitcher Mat Latos and Eric Patterson also homered for
After the Pirates had taken a 5-3 lead in the seventh with three
runs off reliever Luke Gregerson, San Diego rallied to tie the
score at 5-all in the bottom of the inning.
Chris Denorfia and Jason Bartlett each had consecutive infield
singles in the seventh against Mike Crotta. Patterson’s bunt down
the third-base line off Beimel loaded the bases. The left-handed
Beimel then walked Ryan Ludwick to force in one run, and another
scored on Jorge Cantu’s double-play ground ball.
Pinch-hitter Matt Diaz doubled in one run in the Pittsburgh
seventh and Andrew McCutchen followed with a two-run single to give
the Pirates a 5-3 lead.
The Pirates’ seventh-inning rally against Gregerson prevented
Latos from winning for the first time since Sept. 7. Latos had lost
nine straight games in nine straight starts since last season,
which tied the club record.
Latos, who lost his first four starts this season, allowed two
runs and five hits over six innings. The right-hander gave up Neil
Walker’s two-run double in the first.
He also led off the third with a homer into the second deck in
left field. It was his first this season and the second career home
run for Latos, a career .088 hitter.
Patterson, who came into the game hitting .071 (2 for 28), hit a
solo homer to center field to tie the game at 2-all. Patterson
hadn’t homered since last July 10 for Boston at Tampa Bay.
Ludwick followed with a double and scored on Cameron Maybin’s
two-out single to put San Diego ahead.
Patterson replaced second baseman Orlando Hudson, who left the
game with a right hamstring strain after he doubled in the first
Notes: Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez left the game after the fifth
inning with tightness in his right quad. … San Diego scored more
than three runs for only the fourth time in 17 home games this
season. … Latos’ homer was the first by a Padres pitcher at Petco
Park, which opened in 2004. His other home run came last season on
July 8 at Washington. … The last Padres pitcher to hit a home run
in San Diego was Adam Eaton on April 29, 2003, against