Cameron, Hoffman help Padres squeak past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Mark Teixeira thought he had hit a game-winning homer for the Texas Rangers.

Unfortunately, the umpires didn't agree and the San Diego Padres held on for a 6-5 victory on Tuesday night.

The Texas first baseman believed he had capped a big night with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but as the ball passed over or near the right field foul pole, first base umpire Bill Welke ruled it foul.

"I've got no doubt that ball's fair," Teixeira said. "I was about to run around the bases when I looked up and the first base ump said it was foul. I can't hit a ball any further than that. If
it goes 100 feet past the foul pole but it's only 20 feet foul when it landed, there's no way it can be foul."

Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said, "I got a good view. It's so high you don't know when it's crossing the foul pole. I
think the only way is to get a laser or something because I don't think there's any way to get a good judgment on it. I think the play could go either way. Either way you're going to get an argument."

One television replay appeared to show the ball sailing over the foul pole, but Padres manager Bruce Bochy disagreed.

"I had a good angle, and there was no doubt in my mind it was foul. A few more feet and we were walking off the field," he said.

From the first base dugout, Rangers manager Buck Showalter asked Welke to confer with the other umpires. After discussing the play for about two minutes, they agreed it was a foul ball.

"He was pretty adamant that it was foul," Showalter said. "There's nothing we can do about it."

Teixeira then popped out to third base. Hank Blalock flied out to center field to end the game as Trevor Hoffman got his 17th save of the season.

In the sixth inning, Ben Johnson's RBI double tied the game 4-4. Cameron's two-run homer, which broke that tie, wasn't as dramatic. The low shot against Scott Feldman (0-1) barely cleared the right field wall.

"I hit it pretty good," Cameron said. "All you got to do is get a pretty good swing on the ball in that corner over there. I was lucky enough to get it up a little higher and drive it over."

The Rangers scored the final run in the bottom of the sixth on Gary Matthews Jr.'s groundout. Before that, Teixeira had doubled and scored a run in the first and contributed a run-scoring single in a three-run fifth. In the eighth inning, his two diving
defensive plays accounted for all three outs after the first two Padres batters reached base.

Mike Thompson (3-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings for the victory.

The Padres built a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on Mike Piazza's
two-run single.

Texas answered with three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Rod Barajas had an RBI double and Michael Young added an RBI single. Teixeira then singled home Young.

The Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Blalock's RBI single. Adrian Gonzalez tied the game in the second with his team-high 10th homer of the season.

The Padres' Vinny Castilla and Texas' Mark DeRosa each had three hits.

Game notes
Geoff Blum and Brian Giles both entered the game 4-for-9 lifetime against Rangers starter Vicente Padilla but combined to go just 1-for-5 against the right-hander Tuesday. ... Blalock's run-scoring single meant that Texas has scored in the first inning in each of the last four games. ... Gonzalez's second-inning solo homer ended Padilla's streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. ... Bochy won his 900th game as a major-league manager. He's 900-933 in his 12th season, all with San Diego.