Burroughs singles in winning run against Roberts


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sean Burroughs relishes the high-pressure
moment, and Wednesday night he delivered in one of his biggest of
the season.

Burroughs lined a one-out single in the ninth inning to score
Phil Nevin with the winning run, lifting the San Diego Padres to a
2-1 win over the New York Mets.

Burroughs' hit off Grant Roberts (0-1) gave San Diego its second
straight late-inning win over the Mets. Nevin hit a two-run homer
in the eighth on Tuesday night to give the Padres a 3-2 victory.

"You want to be in those situations," Burroughs said. "If you
can't play this game under pressure situations, you shouldn't be
playing at all. If you're scared, you should go home."

Burroughs had been hitting .250 with runners in scoring

"You have to be positive and you want to stay aggressive,"
Burroughs said. "You know with first and second, he doesn't want
to pitch around you."

After his big hit Tuesday night, Nevin was right back in the
middle of another San Diego rally.

Nevin led off the ninth Wednesday with a single and stole second
as Ryan Klesko struck out. It was Nevin's first attempt of the
season since coming off the disabled list on July 23.

Dave Hansen was walked intentionally before Burroughs hit a line
drive to center. Nevin scored standing up ahead of center fielder
Jeff Duncan's throw, which took two hops to reach catcher Vance

"He jump-started us again," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said of

Rod Beck (3-1) struck out the only batter he faced in the ninth

Roger Cedeno hit a two-out double off Jay Witasick in the ninth.
But Beck relieved and struck out Jose Reyes to end the inning.

The Mets, who outhit the Padres 8-4, had problems getting timely
hits. New York was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

"That's not going to win any ball games," Mets manager Art
Howe said.

The Mets took advantage of back-to-back walks off Witasick to
tie the score at 1-all in the eighth.

Witasick, who relieved starter Jake Peavy, walked Reyes and Mike
Piazza to start the inning. After a fly out, Timo Perez doubled off
the right-field wall to score Reyes.

With the infield playing in, pinch-runner Marco Scutaro was
thrown out at the plate on Ty Wigginton's grounder to shortstop
Ramon Vazquez. Witasick struck out Duncan to end the inning.

Mark Loretta broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run off
Aaron Heilman in the sixth to put San Diego ahead 1-0.

Loretta hit Heilman's first pitch -- a hanging slider -- into the
left-field stands with one out for the game's first run. Heilman
took a one-hitter into the inning.

"He hit it pretty good," Heilman said. "I made a bad pitch
and he capitalized on it."

Heilman finished giving up two hits in six innings. The
right-hander struck out three, walked five and threw two wild

Peavy pitched seven shutout innings, the second time in three
games that he has not allowed a run and did not get a win. Peavy
threw nine shutout innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 8 in a game
the Padres won 1-0 in 12 innings.

He worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth
inning, thanks, in part, to a diving catch by center fielder Mark

Wigginton walked with one out to load the bases after
back-to-back singles by Piazza and Jason Phillips to lead off the
inning. Duncan then followed with a short fly ball to left-center
that Kotsay dove on to make the catch. Joe McEwing grounded out to
end the inning.

"Diving is the toughest thing for me," said Kotsay, who has
had back problems all season. "But right there, with Jake pitching
so well, it's a play I have to make."

Peavy, who retired the final eight batters he faced, allowed six
singles before leaving for a pinch-hitter. Peavy struck out seven
and walked one.

Game notes
Peavy is 2-0 against the Mets with a 1.72 ERA, allowing
only five runs in 26 2-3 innings. ... Piazza threw out his fifth
runner in 13 attempts this season. ... San Diego took a 195-194
lead in the all-time series against the Mets.