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Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 4/8)

Game 1: Thursday, April 8
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10
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Game 3: Sunday, April 11
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(2-2, 2-2 away)

Padres 4

(2-2, 1-0 home)

    10:05 PM ET, April 8, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: E. Oropesa (1-1)

    L: M. Herges (0-1)

    Burroughs' hits tie then win game

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With Barry Bonds staying in the yard, David Wells and Trevor Hoffman had their chances to come up big in the San Diego Padres' first game in their new downtown ballpark.

    It turned out Sean Burroughs got the save in the long-awaited opener of Petco Park.

    Burroughs hit an opposite-field RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning that dropped in front of Bonds in left field to give the Padres a wild 4-3 win Thursday night.

    Bonds, who normally hits well against the Padres, went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk and remained on hold with 659 home runs, one behind his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career list.

    Wells pitched great in his Padres' debut, but Hoffman blew his first save opportunity since September 2002, forcing San Diego to go extra innings to win it.

    Burroughs' third run-scoring hit of the night came one batter after pinch-hitter Miguel Ojeda hit an RBI double to tie it at 3. Rookie Khalil Greene scored the winning run, his third of the night, after going 3-for-3 with two walks.

    Burroughs had sent the game into extra innings when he singled in Greene in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 2.

    "It was like out of a fictional novel, almost," said Burroughs, whose winning hit came off David Aardsma. "Opening night, it's been anticipated for so many years, full house, Bonds almost hits a homer to tie. There were some things that went on in this game that I think we're never going to forget."

    The ballpark was approved by voters in November 1998, but its opening was delayed for two years by legal problems.

    He came up big again after Marquis Grissom homered leading off the 10th inning to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead.

    Wells, who grew up a few miles away in gritty Ocean Beach, retired Bonds the first three times he faced him, although fans held their breath when Bonds hit a sixth-inning drive to center field that Jay Payton caught at the top of the fence. Replays were inconclusive whether Payton's catch saved a homer.

    Payton wasn't sure if the ball would have gone out.

    "Right place, right time, really," said Payton, another Padres newcomer.

    "I don't know," Bonds said when asked if he thought it was out.

    One out away from saving what would have been a win for the 40-year-old Wells, Hoffman allowed a two-run double by Ray Durham to blow his first save chance since September 2002.

    Hoffman, who missed most of 2003 after undergoing double shoulder surgery, came on to his usual fanfare of AC/DC's "Hells Bells" blaring from the speakers in the ninth. But Hoffman, fifth on the all-time saves list with 352, allowed singles on his first two pitches. Pedro Feliz was thrown out trying to score on A.J. Pierzynski's grounder to shortstop, but Durham then drove Hoffman's next pitch into the left-center field gap for a 2-1 lead.

    "Two hits before I knew it," Hoffman said. "A couple of fastballs, bad location. I thought we got the last out there with a pop fly, and it ended up going in the gap."

    Matt Herges (0-1) and Aardsma each blew saves for the Giants. Eddie Oropesa (1-1) got the win.

    "It was an unbelievable game," Aardsma said.

    Thursday night was the first time Wells, who has two World Series rings and a perfect game, faced Bonds, baseball's only six-time MVP, in a regular-season game.

    With camera flashes going off around the $458 million ballpark, Wells threw the first pitch at 7:07 p.m. PDT, a strike to Ray Durham.

    After retiring the side in the first, Wells got Bonds to pop up to third baseman Burroughs on a 3-2 pitch leading off the second. With a runner on and none out in the fourth, Bonds swung at a high pitch and hit a dribbler that second baseman Mark Loretta scooped up for the out.

    The first hit at Petco was a single to right-center by the Padres' Brian Giles, who's also from the San Diego area.

    Burroughs had the first RBI with a ground-rule double in the third, with Greene scoring the first run.

    Wells, signed as a free agent on Dec. 31, allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, walked one and struck out none.

    Dustin Hermanson allowed one run and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.

    Game notes


    Wearing a Padres cap, former president Jimmy Carter threw out a ceremonial pitch, to his friend, Padres owner John Moores. Carter pumped his fist after Moores caught it. ... Commissioner Bud Selig was booed when he was introduced before throwing a ceremonial pitch to former Padres great Tony Gwynn.

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