Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Friday, June 25
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Game 2: Saturday, June 26
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Game 3: Sunday, June 27
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Padres 3

(38-34, 18-17 away)

Mariners 2

(29-42, 16-19 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 25, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: B. Lawrence (9-5)

    L: F. Garcia (4-7)

    S: T. Hoffman (17)

    Lawrence outduels Garcia on mound

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Brian Lawrence pitched a fine game. San Diego's latest victory, though, was preserved by a baserunning blunder.

    Lawrence earned his ninth win, Phil Nevin hit a two-run single and the Padres held off the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Friday night when pinch-runner Hiram Bocachica overran third base and was tagged for the final out.

    "I messed it up," Bocachica said. "I feel bad to let everyone down. I don't know what else to say. I'm a little bit embarrassed right now."

    Bocachica was running for Dave Hansen, who drew a leadoff walk from Trevor Hoffman in the ninth. With two outs and Bocachica on second, pinch-hitter Edgar Martinez hit a grounder up the middle.

    Second baseman Mark Loretta made a tough stop, but Martinez beat the one-hop throw to first for an infield single.

    "I thought it was getting up the middle," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "Nevin did a good job keeping the ball in front of him and closing the gate."

    Bocachica made a wide turn around third, then scampered to try to get back. But it was too late.

    Nevin threw to the plate, and catcher Humberto Quintero nailed Bocachica attempting to return to third.

    It was another frustrating moment for the Mariners in a season that has been filled with them. This one was even more difficult for manager Bob Melvin to accept because Seattle's best hitter, Ichiro Suzuki, was on deck.

    "The last thing you can do is to get caught in the middle like that," Melvin said. "The way we've been scoring runs, I can understand being aggressive. But there are two factors: Ichiro is on deck, and you just can't get caught in the middle."

    Nevin keyed San Diego's three-run first inning, and Lawrence (9-5) took over from there. Scott Spiezio hit a two-run homer in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to spoil Lawrence's night.

    "It definitely helps, having a three-run lead," Lawrence said. "You can go out there, especially if a guy gets on, you don't have to worry about a two-run homer. You can still win it, and that's exactly what happened."

    The Padres won their fourth straight, while Seattle lost its fourth in a row.

    After playing 5 hours, 47 minutes in an 18-inning loss at Texas the day before, the Mariners found themselves in a fast-moving game dominated by pitching. This one lasted just 2 hours, 9 minutes.

    "Both teams were playing like we had a flight to catch," Bochy said.

    Hoffman worked the ninth for his 17th save in 19 opportunities.

    Freddy Garcia (4-7) threw a complete game, but he gave up three runs shortly after the first pitch and that turned out to be all the offense the Padres needed.

    It was 3-0 five batters into the game after singles by Sean Burroughs and Loretta, a walk to Brian Giles and Nevin's two-run single. Giles scored when Ryan Klesko grounded into a double play.

    Garcia toughened up after that. He allowed only four singles all night, but three came in the first inning. One of his three walks also was issued in the first. He threw 96 pitches in Seattle's second complete game this season, the ninth of his career.

    Garcia struck out five and walked three.

    "Freddy was great," Melvin said. "He could have pitched 12 innings the way he was going. It's the same old story, really with Freddy. We just haven't scored enough for him.

    "Granted, three runs in the first gets us behind. But for him to not give up a hard-hit ball after that, that was a pretty impressive outing especially in the number of pitches he did," Melvin added.

    Garcia historically has performed well in June, and going into this season he was 16-5 with a 3.27 ERA in June. This year, he finished June with a 1-4 record and a 3.52 ERA.

    The Mariners pulled to 3-2 when Spiezio drove a 1-1 pitch from Lawrence deep into the right-field stands. Hansen drew a leadoff walk.

    That was it for Lawrence, who allowed six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He was relieved by Scott Linebrink. Akinori Otsuka pitched a scoreless eighth for the Padres.

    ^Notes:@ Burroughs has hit safely in 52 of 65 games this season. ... When Suzuki was removed in the eighth inning Thursday at Texas, it marked his first absence from the lineup all season. He played Friday in his 92nd consecutive game, going back to Sept. 4 at Tampa Bay. ... Seattle 1B John Olerud had three singles. ... Seattle's other complete game, by RHP Joel Pineiro, was a 2-1 loss at the New York Yankees on May 16. ... San Diego improved to 21-15 in their interleague "rivalry" series against Seattle.

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