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
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
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.
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,"
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
^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.