Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

San Diego won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, May 18
San DiegoPostponed
Pittsburgh
Game 1: Wednesday, May 19
San Diego6Final
Pittsburgh3
Game 2: Wednesday, May 19
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Pittsburgh3
Game 3: Thursday, May 20
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Pittsburgh9

Padres 7

(23-18, 10-9 away)

Pirates 9

(18-20, 5-12 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 20, 2004

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    PIT 12211101 - 9 14 0

    W: M. Gonzalez (1-0)

    L: B. Puffer (0-1)

    S: J. Mesa (12)

    Padres fail to hold onto six-run leads

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Jason Bay might not have played if he were still sitting in the other dugout. Daryle Ward might not have played if Raul Mondesi still was with the Pirates.

    Getting a chance to get their careers going with the last-place Pirates, Ward and Bay each homered twice and drove in three runs and Pittsburgh overcame a six-run San Diego first inning to rally past the Padres 9-7 on Thursday night.

    The Pirates' comeback -- they trailed 6-0 and 7-1 -- kept San Diego from its first road sweep this season and ended Pittsburgh's six-game home losing streak. The Pirates' 5-12 home record still is the majors' worst.

    "That's a tough one, to get a six-run lead and not be able to hold it," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We got outslugged. We kind of fizzled after the first two innings."

    Bay, dealt by San Diego to Pittsburgh in the Brian Giles trade in August, hit his first two homers of the season -- a two-run shot in the third against Ismael Valdez and a tying solo shot two innings later off Valdez that made it 7-7. Bay missed the first month of the season with a shoulder injury, a setback for a player still regarded as a top prospect.

    Giles also homered, a solo drive in the second that represented the Padres' final run. He also drew one of the three walks by Pirates starter Ryan Vogelsong in the six-run first, which featured Ryan Klesko's two-run double and Miguel Ojeda's two-run single.

    Pittsburgh's bullpen pitched five scoreless innings after Vogelsong was lifted, with Brian Boehringer going 1 1/3 innings, Mike Gonzalez 1 2/3 and Salomon Torres and Jose Mesa an inning each.

    Mesa, cast off by the Phillies after losing his closer's job in September last season, needed just five pitches in the ninth to finish for his 12th save in as many chances.

    Gonzalez (1-0), just up from the minors, got the decision in his first appearance of the season, striking out the side in the seventh.

    Ward, called up from the minors only last week to replace Mondesi, whose contract has since been terminated, started the Pirates' rally with an RBI double in the first.

    He then hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth, with the second homer making it 8-7. That drive came off Brandon Puffer (0-1), who also allowed Jason Kendall's run-scoring double in the eighth as the Pirates scored in all but one inning.

    Ward, once highly regarded by Houston, is trying to bounce back from a terrible 2003 season: a .183 average with no homers in 109 at-bats with the Dodgers. Since joining the Pirates, Ward has five homers -- three more than Mondesi had -- and 10 RBI in nine games.

    "I got a little bit of confidence (playing for Triple-A Nashville), and I wanted to get up here," Ward said. "It gave me a little bit of fire."

    Bay denied being motivated by playing against his former team, saying, "If I'd have been bitter, it might be different, but I don't have any ill feelings. They were very classy to me. It's just a better opportunity for me here."

    And for Ward and Mesa, too, a pair of minor league free agents attempting to revive their careers with Pittsburgh.

    "This is the land of opportunity around here," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "And they're taking advantage of it."

    Valdez gave up 10 hits and seven runs, five earned, in five innings and had a two-run throwing error on Vogelsong's sacrifice following singles by Tike Redman and Abraham Nunez in the second.

    "I just threw the ball away," Valdez said. "It was a bad throw."

    The Pirates played without shortstop Jack Wilson, pulled from their lineup about two hours before gametime with a sore left knee. Wilson began the night tied for the NL lead with 54 hits and is hitting .344, 98 points above his career average.

    Game notes


    Vogelsong gave up seven runs and six hits in four innings. He has an 8.23 ERA in seven games since giving up one run in seven innings April 8 against the Phillies. ... Nunez replaced Wilson and went 2-for-4. ... The Pirates hadn't overcame a deficit of as many as six runs since rallying from seven runs to beat Minnesota on June 10, 2001. That rally came the day before they fired general manager Cam Bonifay. ... The Padres' Mark Loretta went 0-for-4 after going 6-for-9 in the Padres' doubleheader sweep Wednesday. ... San Diego is 10-9 on the road, but had won five of seven. ... Despite losing, San Diego is 8-4 in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001.

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