Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Monday, August 25
San Diego8Final
Game 2: Tuesday, August 26
San Diego5Final
Game 3: Wednesday, August 27
San Diego10Final

Padres 5

(51-81, 23-43 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(69-63, 39-27 home)

    9:35 PM ET, August 26, 2003

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: M. Matthews (5-4)

    L: J. Valverde (2-1)

    S: R. Beck (19)

    San Diego 5, Arizona 4

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Ryan Klesko found a temporary cure for his ailing right shoulder.

    Phil Nevin and Klesko hit consecutive RBI doubles in the eighth inning as the San Diego Padres rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Tuesday night.

    "It's not like I'm going up there trying to strike out every time," said Klesko, who snapped an 0-for-15 drought with the double. "I'm just not driving the ball real well right now. I have to gut it out the rest of the season with the way my shoulder is feeling."

    Gary Matthews Jr. had a two-run homer in the seventh and Sean Burroughs hit an RBI triple in the eighth for the Padres.

    With the loss, the Diamondbacks squandered an opportunity to pull within a half-game of Philadelphia and Florida in the NL wild-card race.

    "This has been an every other day Groundhog Day situation around here," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "I don't know why and I can't figure it out. But it was tough ... it was a good chance for us to pick up some ground but we just couldn't make it happen."

    Before the game, the Padres acquired All-Star outfielder Brian Giles from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed starter Oliver Perez, a minor leaguer and a player to be named. San Diego also sent outfielder Rondell White to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers.

    Lou Merloni led off the eighth with a single off Eddie Oropesa. Burroughs followed with a triple into the right-field corner to pull San Diego within 4-3. After an out, Jose Valverde relieved.

    Valverde (2-1) got Mark Loretta to pop out to center before Nevin and Klesko hit back-to-back doubles.

    "I didn't want to bounce it," Valverde said through an interpreter, third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez. "There was a runner on third base. I just threw it there and he hit it."

    Mike Matthews (5-4) got two outs in the seventh for the victory in relief of emergency starter Ben Howard.

    Howard, recalled from Triple-A Portland hours before the game to replace Perez, allowed the four runs on four hits in 6 1-3 innings with five walks and three strikeouts.

    "That's a good way to do it, or as good as any I guess," said Howard, who caught an 11:15 a.m. flight from Portland and landed in Phoenix about 4{ hours before the first pitch. "I saw the game last night and knew the bullpen had been used. I had more walks than I wanted but other than I felt good about the way I threw."

    Rod Beck worked the ninth for his 19th save.

    "This is a good marriage for me," Beck said. "I like doing this. I know Hoffy (Trevor Hoffman) is coming back. I'm just keeping the seat warm for him."

    The Diamondbacks opened a 4-0 lead after four innings.

    Raul Mondesi hit a two-out homer over the left-field bullpen in the first to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. The Diamondbacks added another run in the second when Alex Cintron walked, stole second, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.

    Hammock hit his eighth home run in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0.

    "I thought the kid did a nice job," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said of Howard. "He came in and gave us some needed innings. We needed him to get us somewhat deep in the game and he did that for us."

    Matthews Jr. hit a two-run homer in the seventh, his fourth, off Arizona starter Elmer Dessens to cut the lead to 4-2.

    Dessens allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings with one walk and two strikeouts, but took his third no-decision in four starts.

    Game notes

    Giles is expected to be in uniform for the series finale Wednesday. ... Hammock, making his sixth straight start, is 15-for-30 in his last nine games. ... Howard was 7-9 with a 4.55 ERA in 22 starts for Portland and had won his last two starts. ... Mondesi's third-inning double was the 300th of his career. ... Seven of the 20 homers Dessens has allowed have come after his 75th pitch of the game. Matthews' home run came on Dessens' 94th pitch.<

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