SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Francisco right-hander Kevin Correia had
plenty of incentive to pitch well against his hometown San Diego
The right-hander, called up from Triple-A a day earlier, didn't
get the decision but kept the Giants in the game as they beat the
Padres 3-2 Friday night.
Todd Linden scored the go-ahead run on Khalil Greene's throwing
error with one out in the eighth inning to give San Francisco its
fourth straight victory.
Correia grew up a Padres fan during the Tony Gwynn era and was
roomates in college with the oldest son of San Diego manager Bruce
"It was a little more important for me to pitch well here than
other spots," said Correia, 24, who was making his first big
league start of 2005.
Correia allowed two runs in the first inning, including Mark
Sweeney's solo homer, but then settled down.
"At that point all I could hope for was to pull together and
not give up any more runs," said Correia, who made his second
career start against the Padres. "It's easy to give up at that
Correia left after five innings with the score tied at 2. He
allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two.
"He looked a little nervous to me, but he more or less settled
down," manager Felipe Alou said. "He's a tough kid. He's got good
stuff. He gave us five innings of opportunity to stay in the
The victory in the series opener against the NL West-leading
Padres came after the Giants swept three games at Arizona, which is
tied for second with Los Angeles in baseball's weakest division.
The Giants are fourth, eight games behind the Padres, who have lost
three of four.
Linden, pinch-hitting for pitcher Jason Christiansen leading off
the eighth, reached when he was hit by a pitch by Rudy Seanez, then
was sacrificed by Alex Sanchez. Greene made a diving stop of Omar
Vizquel's grounder behind second base that went for an infield
single, then scrambled up and hurriedly threw wide of first,
allowing Linden to score an unearned run.
Christiansen (5-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the win. Tyler
Walker got five outs for his 12th save in 14 chances. Seanez (4-1)
took the loss.
Padres ace Jake Peavy struck out nine in six innings, but was
lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth with the score
tied at 2. He allowed two runs and four hits, and walked just one.
Peavy was frustrated about being pinch-hit for.
"I'm upset about the whole night," he said. "I know you have
to do that, but it didn't work out. There's no way we should have
lost that game.
"To go six innings and get pulled, there are not more
frustrating nights than this."
San Francisco tied it with two outs in the fourth when Pedro
Feliz's bloop single fell in between Greene and center fielder
Xavier Nady to score Moises Alou. Alou hit a leadoff single and
advanced on Ray Durham's groundout.
San Diego failed to score in the sixth after loading the bases.
Sean Burroughs and Nady hit consecutive singles and advanced on
Greene's sacrifice. Rookie Paul McAnulty, pinch-hitting for Peavy,
was intentionally walked before Damian Jackson hit into a 1-2-3
Manager Bruce Bochy said it was a tough decision to lift Peavy.
"He had an inning or two left," Bochy said. "I thought we
needed to get some runs there.
"Our execution was not very good tonight," Bochy added.
"Usually in a close game, that comes back to haunt you."
Peavy had an adventuresome first inning, when the Giants scored
a run on J.T. Snow's groundout. Peavy had to dodge Sanchez's
shattered bat on an infield single leading off the game. Sanchez
stole second, took third on Vizquel's groundout and scored on
Snow's grounder to second. First baseman Sweeney dived for the ball
and missed, leaving Peavy to cover first. He fielded the throw and
dived at the bag, tagging it with his glove.
San Diego took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Sweeney
homered to right on a 2-2 pitch with one out, his fifth. With two
outs and the bases loaded, Nady lined a single off first base that
bounced high in the air, allowing him to reach and Ryan Klesko to
Greene grounded out to end the threat.
Padres RHP Adam Eaton threw in the bullpen and said he is
on track to pitch Tuesday at Houston. He is on the DL with a
strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger. ... CF Dave
Roberts tested his sore left knee and wasn't ready to go. Bochy
said the Padres should know by Sunday whether Roberts will need to
go on the DL. Roberts has missed six games.