SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres are hoping one dramatic
victory is enough to snap them out of their offensive woes.
Mark Bellhorn hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the
Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Sunday to snap a five-game
losing streak.San Diego scored five runs in the ninth inning to tie it. Brian
Giles and Mike Piazza drew one-out walks against Tim Hamulack (0-2)
in the 10th before Bellhorn grounded a single down the left-field
line to drive in Giles."Once it got to 2-1, 3-1, I figured he was going to come with a
fastball just because he didn't want to walk me," Bellhorn said.The Padres' ninth-inning rally equaled their run total from the
previous five games combined. The rally also tied a franchise
record for the largest ninth-inning deficit the Padres have
overcome to earn a victory."It's a huge win, hopefully it does turn things around for
us," Giles said. "It's good for us to just win a game. We have
struggled at home."San Diego won for only the third time in 10 games to finish
April with an 9-15 record. The Padres won for just the fourth time
in 15 home games.The Padres were outscored 46-23 in their 10-game homestand and
scored two or fewer runs in eight of those games."We are so glad that we were able to scrap a win together,"
Piazza said. "It was just a good team win today."Bellhorn also had a key hit in San Diego's ninth-inning rally.
He drove in the first run with a single against Dodgers closer
Danys Baez, who entered the game with the bases loaded and no outs.
Khalil Greene and pinch-hitter Eric Young both walked with the
bases loaded to cut the lead to 5-3.Baez then allowed sacrifice flies to Josh Barfield and Geoff
Blum. Hamulack replaced Baez and struck out pinch-hitter Doug
Mirabelli to end the ninth."I felt a little bit tired," said Baez, who saved wins on
Friday and Saturday. "I felt like I couldn't find the black on the
plate."I couldn't control my fastball, that made a big difference,"
he added. "I was trying to do too much."Scott Linebrink (2-2) pitched a scoreless 10th for the Padres."We are going to look back on this in September and, hopefully,
this will be the one that makes the difference," Linebrink said.Dodger starter Derek Lowe tossed six shutout innings, allowing
just two hits and only one runner to reach second base. He struck
out three and walked three."You have go to tip your hat to Lowe," Giles said. "He was
able to get strike one and keep guys off balance and keep guys off
the basepaths."Bill Mueller hit a two-run homer and Nomar Garciaparra had two
hits, two RBI and scored two runs for the Dodgers.The Dodgers scored a run in the second against Padres starter
Chan Ho Park as Garciaparra singled, stole second and came around
on a single by Jason Repko.Rafael Furcal led off the fifth with a single and went to third
on a base hit by Kenny Lofton, who promptly stole second. After
Greene made a diving catch at shortstop to rob Jeff Kent for the
second out, Garciaparra singled in two runs. Mueller then hit the
first pitch out to right field for his third homer and a 5-0
Dodgers lead.Park pitched five innings, giving up five runs and six hits. He
struck out five and walked three.
J.D. Drew went 0-5, ending his streak of reaching base
safely at 33 games, dating back to June 16, 2005. Drew's hitting
streak also ended at 11 games. ... Padres catcher Mike Piazza has
thrown out only 2-of-23 base stealers this season after the Dodgers
stole two bases on Sunday. ... The Padres' win was their first
victory this season when they have trailed after eight innings
(1-14). ... The Dodgers' loss is their first after leading after
eight innings (10-1).