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San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 3 (1st game)

5/19/2004

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.