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Series: Game 1 of 4

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 7/26)

Game 1: Monday, July 26
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Game 2: Tuesday, July 27
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 28
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Game 4: Thursday, July 29
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Giants 2

(55-46, 26-24 away)

Padres 3

(55-44, 27-21 home)

10:05 PM ET, July 26, 2004

Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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W: S. Linebrink (5-1)

L: F. Rodriguez (3-5)

S: T. Hoffman (27)

Padres win sixth straight vs. Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- When Jake Peavy finally faltered, his Padres teammates were there to finish off the San Francisco Giants.

Peavy lost his no-hit bid and the lead with one out in the sixth inning, but Brian Giles hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh and Mark Loretta threw out Barry Bonds trying to score the tying run in the eighth to help San Diego beat the Giants 3-2 Monday night.

The Padres won their sixth straight over the Giants and moved a game up on San Francisco for second place in the NL West, four games behind the Dodgers.

"I would have loved to put it away," Peavy said. "But it's nice to know when that does happen that you have guys behind you that can get it done."

Ryan Klesko walked and went to third when Phil Nevin singled off Felix Rodriguez (3-5) to start the seventh. Scott Eyre relieved and allowed Giles' flyball.

Scott Linebrink (5-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three and walking none. Trevor Hoffman worked the ninth for his 27th save in 30 opportunities.

"It's a situation that's becoming more and more comfortable for me," Linebrink said. "Obviously, though, you don't ever get too comfortable because there's not a lot of room for error. I'm just glad to have the opportunity and that the skipper feels confident in me."

Akinori Otsuka started the eighth by walking Barry Bonds -- his fourth of the game. Bonds stole second then went to third on a groundout. He tried to score on A.J. Pierzynski's grounder to second baseman Mark Loretta but was tagged out by Padres catcher Ramon Hernandez.

"We had our shots, especially in the eighth inning," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Otsuka kept the ball in the infield."

Peavy continued his mastery of the Giants, not allowing a hit until Michael Tucker singled with one out in the sixth. He allowed two runs in the inning -- more than he gave up in three previous starts against San Francisco this season. In those outings, he allowed one earned run in 21 innings, going 2-0.

"I was just changing speeds a lot. I wasn't doing anything special, but I did get some quick outs," Peavy said. "It's a little too early for [a no-hitter] to start crossing your mind. But I knew I was in command."

Tucker singled to start the two-run rally and advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Edgardo Alfonzo. Bonds was then issued his 80th intentional walk of the season to load the bases.

J.T. Snow followed with an RBI single and Pierzynski added another run-scoring hit. Linebrink then replaced Peavy and retired the next two batters with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Peavy ended up allowing four hits and two runs while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings.

"Their kid showed us he could pitch without his best stuff," Alou said. "He even had a no-hitter going without his best stuff."

Khalil Greene hit a two-run homer off Kirk Rueter in the fifth to give the Padres the early lead. After a leadoff walk to Peavy, Greene connected for his sixth homer of the season.

"It's just one of those things," Pierzynski said. "We walked two guys, and they scored. They walked Barry but that was about it."

Rueter went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked five with no strikeouts.

Rueter is 0-2 against the Padres this season with 13 earned runs allowed in 19 2/3 innings. Coming into the season, he had an 11-2 record versus San Diego.

"I know they kicked us the last couple of years," Peavy said. "We just want to go up and compete against them. They've been a very good ball club that's been in the playoffs [recently].

The Padres loaded the bases in the third with a bunt single, a walk and an error by shortstop Deivi Cruz, who dropped a throw on a potential double-play ball. Nevin grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Game notes


This was fifth time this season that Bonds had at least four walks. On the season, he has 145. ... The Giants' Ray Durham was ejected for complaining about a called third strike after he led off in the sixth. ... Hernandez returned to the starting lineup after he was activated from the disabled list. He sprained his left knee in a collision at home plate on June 15. To make room for Hernandez, the Padres assigned C Humberto Quintero to Triple-A Portland. ... The Giants' Neifi Perez was kept out of the lineup against Peavy. He is 0-for-10 lifetime against Peavy.

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