SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres made Petco Park look like
a bandbox. They hit five home runs, and it turned out they needed
every one of them.
The five homers were the most in a game in nearly two seasons
for the Padres, who griped early on about the spacious outfield at
their new $458 million ballpark.
"It's going to take a full season to realize what this park
does," Nevin said. "I'm not going to say that the ball all of a
sudden is flying out. Anybody that hit a ball tonight hit it pretty
Jake Peavy (5-2) returned from the disabled list and combined
with five relievers on a seven-hitter. The 22-year-old
right-hander, out since May 20 with a strained right forearm,
lowered his ERA to 1.98 by holding the Royals to one run and three
hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
At the time of his injury, Peavy led the NL with a 2.01 ERA.
Peavy was pulled after giving up Ken Harvey's shot into the
home-run porch down the right-field line with one out in the sixth,
his ninth. He finished with three hits.
Hoffman got two outs for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Leading 7-1 going into the ninth, manager Bruce Bochy didn't
want to use Hoffman or setup man Akinori Otsuka, but Witasick gave
up three runs and two hits while getting just one out to open the
Dennys Reyes (2-3) allowed the first three Padres homers, all
solo shots. Shawn Camp gave up the last two, including Giles'
three-run shot into the porch to cap a five-run sixth. Giles' homer
gave the Padres a 7-1 lead, and it turned out to be important.
Nevin complained the most about how the ball didn't carry well
to the parts of Petco Park he likes to hit to, right-center and
right field. The gap in right-center is the deepest part of the
ballpark at 411 feet.
His first homer Friday night sailed into the Padres' bullpen
beyond the fence in center field leading off the second inning, and
he lined his second shot into the seats in left leading off the
fourth. His 13th and 14th of the season, they were both on
"That's what I heard about this park, that it was tough to hit
home runs, but not today," Reyes said. "I guess they figured it
It was Nevin's 10th career multihomer game, and first since July
31, 2002, at Wrigley Field. That was also the Padres' last
San Diego's previous home-run high at Petco was two, five times.
Quintero, a rookie catcher, homered to left with one out in the
sixth, his second. Buchanan, pinch-hitting for Peavy, hit Camp's
second pitch into the second deck in left. Giles' shot, his 12th,
landed in the first row of the home-run porch.
"Those balls tonight were just flat-out hit," Giles said.
Said Royals manager Tony Pena: "Giles hit the ball right in the
right part of the ballpark. He hits that ball anywhere else and
it's an out."
Reyes allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. He
struck out six and walked two.
Royals 1B Mike Sweeney sat out with a stiff lower back. ...
The Padres have sold 2,560,690 tickets for their first season in
Petco Park, enough to break the club's home attendance record of
2,555,901 set in 1998, the season San Diego went to the World
Series and the last time it had a winning record. ... Early in the
game, Pena made some of his players stash their folding chairs in
the front of the cramped visitors' dugout. "I just told them to
get rid of the chairs because they looked too comfortable," Pena