Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

San Diego leads 2-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Friday, July 2
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San Diego7
Game 2: Saturday, July 3
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San Diego5
Game 3: Sunday, July 4
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San Diego7

Royals 4

(29-49, 10-25 away)

Padres 5

(43-37, 22-17 home)

    10:05 PM ET, July 3, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    KC 000000040 4 3 1
    SD 01020011 - 5 8 0

    W: S. Linebrink (4-1)

    L: S. Sullivan (3-2)

    S: T. Hoffman (20)

    Go-ahead run scores as RF's throw hits Harvey

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam Eaton was six outs from making history for the San Diego Padres.

    By the end of the night, he didn't even have a win.

    Eaton took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Saturday night before the Kansas City Royals rallied for four runs to tie the game.

    Khalil Greene's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth sent San Diego to a 5-4 victory -- but that was too late for Eaton.

    "I am a little disappointed, but at the same time it's about team wins," he said. "I was aware of the situation since the third inning. I was just trying to enjoy it."

    Eaton, trying for the first no-hitter in Padres history, held Kansas City hitless until Dee Brown doubled off the left-field fence leading off the eighth.

    Ruben Mateo doubled in Brown, and manager Bruce Bochy came out to pull Eaton, who looked disappointed. He doffed his cap to the crowd as he walked to the dugout.

    "What a great game. It was a shame he didn't get a win out of that," Bochy said. "That's as good as stuff as I think we have had all year."

    Jose Bautista drove in a run with a groundout. After pinch-hitter Desi Relaford walked, Tony Graffanino hit a two-out, two-run homer to left off Akinori Otsuka to tie the game at 4.

    Eaton struck out 10 and walked only one in seven-plus innings. He allowed two runs and two hits.

    "Eaton was going very, very strong," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "We had a lot of trouble getting anything going against him."

    Kerry Robinson, sent to the minors right after the game, doubled leading off the bottom of the eighth against Scott Sullivan (3-2) and went to third on Jay Payton's fly to center.

    Greene, who finished with three RBI, hit a fly ball to medium right, and Robinson slid home safely when Matt Stairs' throw to the plate hit kneeling first baseman Ken Harvey in the back. Expecting the throw to go through, Harvey was looking at the plate instead of the ball and was stunned when it hit him.

    "I've never seen that happen before," Pena said. "I don't know that the throw would have gotten him, but it was on line."

    Scott Linebrink (4-1) got one out in the eighth for the win. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances.

    Only two runners reached base against Eaton in the first seven innings. He hit Harvey with a pitch in the first and walked him in the fourth.

    Eaton was the 10th pitcher in San Diego's 36-year history to take a no-hit bid into the eighth. The Padres remain one of four teams without a no-hitter. The others are the New York Mets, Colorado and Tampa Bay.

    Incredibly, three of those 10 close calls came on July 3. Randy Jones held Cincinnati hitless into the eighth inning in 1975, and Andy Benes got into the eighth against the Mets in 1994.

    "I had a cutter today that was pretty good," Eaton said. "I knew I had a live fastball."

    Brown hit a 2-2 pitch to the base of the left-field wall to spoil Eaton's attempt. The crowd of 43,152 gave the 26-year-old right-hander a standing ovation.

    "For seven innings, he was lights out," Graffanino said. "The thing that made him tough was he was very, very aggressive. He had a great fastball, and he threw his off-speed stuff just enough to keep us off-balance."

    Leading off the seventh, Harvey hit a scorching line drive back up the middle that was caught by a twisting Eaton coming off the mound. Otherwise, it probably would have been a hit.

    Kansas City, ranked 13th out of 14 AL teams in runs, has lost nine of 10.

    At one point, Eaton struck out five Royals in a row in the second and third.

    San Diego scored a run in the second on Payton's RBI single that drove in Phil Nevin from second. Nevin led off with a walk and went to second with one out on a single by Ryan Klesko.

    Kansas City starter Darrell May gave up four runs, three earned, in seven innings.

    The Padres pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth. With two outs, Klesko started the rally with a double. Payton followed with a walk and Greene drove in two runs with a triple to right-center.

    San Diego added a run in the seventh for a 4-0 lead. Jeff Cirillo reached second when Brown dropped a fly to left for an error. Cirillo scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Giles.

    Game notes


    The Padres signed OF Darren Bragg, who had been playing at Triple-A before he was released by the New York Yankees. San Diego also recalled RHP Ricky Stone from Triple-A Portland, optioned INF Ramon Vazquez to Portland and outrighted Robinson to Portland. ... Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw the only no-hitter against the Royals in 1973. ... The Padres are 13-1 in one-run games at Petco Park.

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