SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The struggling San Diego Padres finally broke
through, and against no less than baseball's best team.
Ramon Hernandez homered with one out in the ninth inning to tie
it, and Damian Jackson had a bases-loaded single as the Padres
rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Saturday night.The NL West-leading Padres won for just the third time in 10
games, a span in which they've scored only 21 runs."It was a big comeback for us because we're playing one of the
best teams in baseball, and especially in interleague games so far,
we've been getting beat a lot," said Hernandez, who had three
hits, two for extra bases.Hernandez homered to left on a 2-2 pitch from Dustin Hermanson
(0-2), who blew his first save in 16 chances. He was trying to
preserve a win for left-hander Mark Buehrle, who has four straight
no-decisions."I didn't make a good pitch to Hernandez," Hermanson said.
"It was a splitter that didn't dive down enough."Sean Burroughs followed with a single to left, pinch-hitter
Robert Fick singled to right and pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney was
intentionally walked to load the bases.With the infield in, Jackson slapped a single past shortstop
Juan Uribe to bring in Burroughs with the winning run."That's as good a win as we've had," manager Bruce Bochy said.
"They're fighting. That's always a good sign of character."Padres rookie Tim Stauffer held the White Sox to one run and
three hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.Hernandez's seventh homer came on a hanging splitter. He wasn't
sure at first if it was out."I hit it pretty good. Some days the ball carries pretty good,
and some days it's tough. I knew I hit it good but I didn't know if
it was enough," Hernandez said.Said Buehrle: "Everyone is allowed to have a bad day. It's his
first blown save in 2½ months."In the top of the ninth, Paul Konerko was thrown out trying to
score from first on A.J. Pierzynski's double.The White Sox, whose 41-20 record is the best in baseball, had
their four-game winning streak snapped. It was just their third
loss in 11 games.Scott Linebrink (3-1) pitched the ninth for the win.Buehrle allowed seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out six and
walked one.With a runner on first and two outs in the eighth and
right-hander Phil Nevin coming up, Buehrle made way for
right-hander Cliff Politte, who struck out Nevin.Stauffer allowed a run before he got an out in the first. Scott
Podsednik beat out an infield single to third and Tadahito Iguchi
doubled him home.
Padres leadoff batter Dave Roberts hopes to be able to play
Sunday after being sidelined for the fifth straight game with a
sore right shoulder. ... Burroughs didn't start at 3B because of a
stiff neck, but he replaced Geoff Blum starting the top of the
sixth after Blum fouled a ball off his left leg. ... The Padres are
15-4 in one-run games while the White Sox are 19-8.