Series: Game 4 of 4

San Francisco won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 15
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 16
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 17
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Game 4: Thursday, September 18
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Padres 7

(59-92, 27-50 away)

Giants 3

(93-58, 54-23 home)

    3:35 PM ET, September 18, 2003

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Peavy (12-11)

    L: S. Ponson (17-11)


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants manager Felipe Alou figures it would be unfair to evaluate Sidney Ponson based on his latest outing -- none of San Francisco's regulars were behind him.

    Gary Matthews Jr. hit a two-run double and the San Diego Padres avoided a four-game sweep with a 7-3 win Thursday over a Giants lineup of all reserves.

    The Giants clinched the NL West title Wednesday night and Alou gave all his regulars a day of rest following a fun-filled night of celebrating. That was fine with the Padres, who ended a six-game losing streak.

    San Francisco had its four-game winning streak snapped -- the last time the Giants lost also came when Ponson pitched. He has been extremely hard on himself lately.

    "You don't know what the lineup is going to be for the playoffs, somebody could get injured," Ponson said. "I have a job to do, and I didn't do it. How do I explain it? I don't know what to say. It's frustrating when you make good pitches and they get base hits.

    "It's hard, man. Hard on me, hard on guys behind me trying to play catch-up all the time."

    Ponson (3-5) was tagged for a season-high 11 hits, and the burly right-hander has struggled in his last three outings. In 17 innings, he has allowed 24 hits and 13 earned runs for a 6.88 ERA. Still, Ponson is slated to be one of the Giants' postseason starters in a four-man rotation.

    He allowed a season-high six runs -- five earned -- in five innings Thursday, striking out five and walking none. Ponson, acquired from Baltimore on July 31, hasn't won in three starts since Sept. 1 at Arizona.

    "This is a guy we traded for knowing the caliber of pitcher he is," Alou said. "Today's really not the best day to evaluate anything after the kind of night we had last night. I know, myself, I was way below par today."

    When San Francisco's lineup was announced, it sounded more like a spring training game than a September contest.

    Khalil Greene doubled twice among his three hits and drove in a run for the Padres, who were outscored 20-12 in the first three games of the series. It was the first career multihit game for Greene, a rookie. Mark Kotsay and Brian Giles each added two hits and an RBI as San Diego did plenty to back up starter Jake Peavy.

    Peavy (12-11) pitched 6 1-3 solid innings, allowing six hits and three runs with two strikeouts and one walk. Peavy went 2-2 against the Giants this year, his other win coming April 8 here. He won on the road for the second time in his last five starts.

    "That lineup out there for them was less dangerous, but you've still got to go out and make the pitches," Peavy said. "I knew this was a big game for me. I knew I had to pick up the ballclub."

    After scoring only two runs and getting swept at Los Angeles last weekend, San Diego entered averaging just 3.2 runs in its last 12 games. The Padres finished with 13 hits Thursday, including five doubles.

    "We just played a lot better today and it was an important win for us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're in a skid and we needed a win to stop it. We haven't played well here."

    Jeffrey Hammonds hit a two-run single and Yorvit Torrealba homered for the Giants, who have led the division since opening day. Torrealba connected on a 1-1 pitch from Peavy for his fourth homer of the season leading off the Giants' three-run third. Hammonds batted .385 (5-for-13) on the homestand.

    "When we play, we've got a job to do," Hammonds said, speaking of the backups. "We're still wearing a Giants uniform."

    Game notes

    Ponson made his first career start against San Diego. ... Peavy threw 92 pitches, 58 for strikes, to Ponson's 92 and 63 strikes. ... The Padres finished the season series 5-14, with three wins at Pacific Bell Park. San Francisco swept one of the six series between the NL West foes, from March 31-April 2 at Qualcomm Stadium. ... The Padres still have a three-game series at Colorado this weekend to finish their 10-game road trip, then they return home for the final seven games of the season. ... Giles had been in a 3-for-21 road slump before Thursday.

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