Series: Game 2 of 3

San Diego leads 2-0 (as of 9/25)

Game 1: Friday, September 24
San Diego6
Game 2: Saturday, September 25
San Diego6
Game 3: Sunday, September 26
San Diego7

Diamondbacks 5

(47-108, 22-58 away)

Padres 6

(84-71, 40-37 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 25, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    SD 10300020 - 6 7 2

    W: A. Osuna (2-1)

    L: C. Durbin (6-7)

    S: T. Hoffman (40)

    Hoffman reaches 40 saves for the sixth time

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres are doing whatever it takes to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, from going with a four-man rotation to bringing in Trevor Hoffman in the eighth inning.

    Hoffman ended a final threat by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Ryan Klesko hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning to lead San Diego to a 6-5 win Saturday night.

    The Padres pulled within 3½ games of Chicago in the wild-card race, with Houston and San Francisco also ahead of them, and within 4½ of Los Angeles in the NL West.

    "Really, the bottom line is to get a win no matter how you do it," said Hoffman, who got the last four outs for his 40th save in 44 chances. He extended his big league record by reaching 40 saves for the sixth time, his first since 2001.

    Hoffman struck out Luis Terrero with runners on first and third in the eighth after Akinori Otsuka allowed Scott Hairston's two-out RBI single to pull the Diamondbacks to 6-5.

    "We're in a win-or-go-home type of situation," Hoffman said. "We can't falter in the spot we're in."

    Not only did Hoffman come up big, but Antonio Osuna (2-1) pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out three and allowing one hit. Osuna hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances.

    San Diego's bullpen was thin because Scott Linebrink, who normally pitches the seventh, was too sick to even come to the ballpark, and Otsuka has had a heavy workload recently.

    Manager Bruce Bochy spoke with Hoffman a few days ago about possibly pitching in the eighth inning if needed down the stretch. It was the first time Hoffman came in during the eighth since Sept. 12, 2002, against San Francisco.

    "He saved us there, getting those last four outs," Bochy said. "At this stage, we're going to do things a little bit different than normal. I think they understand where we're at. The only way to get it done is to win every game, and they're playing like that."

    Klesko, who had four RBI, hit a two-run single in the third inning to help the Padres take a 4-0 lead, which Adam Eaton, starting on three days' rest for the first time in his career, frittered away.

    With the score tied at 4, the Padres loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Chad Durbin (1-1) on Brian Giles' single and consecutive walks by Phil Nevin and Rich Aurilia. Klesko then doubled into the right-field corner to score Giles and Nevin.

    Giles had three hits and scored twice.

    Eaton opened with three perfect innings, then allowed three runs in the fourth, on four hits and a walk. Doug Devore and Chris Snyder hit RBI singles and Josh Kroeger got his first career RBI on a groundout.

    Arizona tied it with two outs in the sixth when Snyder singled in Shea Hillenbrand, who hit a leadoff double and advanced on a groundout.

    San Diego's Jay Payton extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff double in the first. He advanced on Mark Loretta's single and scored on Brian Giles' sacrifice fly.

    The Padres took advantage of Stephen Randolph's wildness in the third to score three runs. Randolph walked three, including Aurilia with the bases loaded, before Klesko singled in two runs.

    "The walks hurt us in big situations," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said. "We've got to make them swing the bats."

    Eaton allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. Randolph went 5 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits with five strikeouts and five walks.

    Game notes

    Hoffman entered in the eighth for the first time this year. ... Payton's leadoff double in the first gave the Padres a club season record of 293. ... Sunday's starter for the Padres, RHP Jake Peavy, will also be going on three days' rest for the first time in his career. Manager Bruce Bochy is going with a four-man rotation because the No. 5 spot has been so awful down the stretch. ... Peavy, who has allowed two earned runs or less in 21 of 25 starts, needs to pitch 7 2-3 more innings by season's end to have enough innings to qualify for the NL ERA title. Peavy has a 2.27 ERA, which would lead the league if he pitched the required minimum innings. ... The game drew a Petco Park-record crowd of 44,863.

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