Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 5/19)

Game 1: Tuesday, May 18
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Game 1: Wednesday, May 19
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 19
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Game 3: Thursday, May 20
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Padres 6

(22-17, 9-8 away)

Pirates 3

(17-19, 4-11 home)

    5:05 PM ET, May 19, 2004

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: B. Lawrence (6-2)

    L: M. Johnston (0-1)

    S: T. Hoffman (11)

    San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 3 (1st game)

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates wish they were as good at home as the San Diego Padres' Brian Lawrence is on the road.

    Phil Nevin drove in three runs and Lawrence won his fourth start in a row and halted Pittsburgh's four-game winning streak, 6-3 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

    Mark Loretta, Terrence Long and Brian Giles each had three of San Diego's 13 hits and the Padres bounced back from a three-game weekend sweep by the Cubs to win for only the third time in eight games.

    Despite Rob Mackowiak's third homer in two games, the Pirates fell to 4-11 at PNC Park -- the majors' worst home record -- and were denied their first five-game winning streak since April 2002.

    Lawrence (6-2) couldn't hold a 3-1 lead when Mackowiak followed Craig Wilson's leadoff single in the sixth with his eighth homer, but gained the decision when the Padres took the lead back in the seventh against rookie reliever Mike Johnston (0-1).

    Lawrence is 4-1 away from Petco Park after going 4-7 on the road during a 10-15 season a year ago.

    "Guys have been playing well behind me and scoring some runs," Lawrence said. "You get some confidence. You feel like you can throw a quality game and you're going to get a win."

    Loretta, in an 0-for-12 slump before going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, walked with one out in the seventh and moved to third when right fielder Wilson overran the ball on Giles' single. Loretta scored the go-ahead run on Nevin's force play grounder, with Giles taking out rookie second baseman Jose Castillo with a hard slide to prevent a possible double play.

    "That was huge," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was good, hard baseball and it got us a run there, and things like that win ballgames for you."

    Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon felt just the opposite, pointing to three errors in the final three innings. Before that, the Pirates had gone 57 innings without a misplay.

    "We just didn't play good defense and it really did us in," he said. "We lost this game. They didn't beat us."

    Loretta doubled and scored on Nevin's single in the third against Kris Benson, then singled before scoring on another Nevin grounder as the Padres made it 3-1 in a two-run fifth. Giles, playing in Pittsburgh for the first time since being traded to San Diego in late August, also had an RBI grounder in the fifth.

    Giles, who averaged 33 homers and 107 RBI during five seasons with Pittsburgh, received several warm ovations from a crowd that numbered only a few thousand when the game started.

    The Padres added insurance runs in the eighth on Jay Payton's RBI single and the ninth on pinch-hitter Kerry Robinson's sacrifice fly, both against Brian Meadows.

    Lawrence gave up three runs and eight hits over six innings to remain unbeaten since losing 12-7 to Arizona on April 25. Scott Linebrink, Akinori Otsuka and Trevor Hoffman followed with a scoreless inning each, with Hoffman pitching the ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities and the 24th of his career against Pittsburgh in 27 chances.

    "A lot of things seem to fall in place when things are going your way, and it's a complete opposite when they're not," Lawrence said. "You can throw a really good game and come out with a loss, and that seemed to happen last year. It feels good to have things going the other way."

    Benson didn't get the decision despite giving up nine hits and three runs in six innings. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts at PNC Park, where he hasn't won since May 10, 2003. He missed the final 2{ months of last season with a sore shoulder. ^Notes:@ Lawrence has allowed 11 runs and 29 hits in 24 innings during his winning streak. ... Lawrence is 4-1 on the road. ... The Padres are 5-2 in Pittsburgh over the last three seasons.

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