SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Brian Giles preserved a tie with his arm and
won the game with his bat.
Giles threw out a runner at the plate in the ninth inning and
singled home the winning run in the 10th to give the San Diego
Padres a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
"In that situation you just want to get a pitch that you can
handle," said Giles. "I'm not trying to guide the ball and just
fit it in there, I'm just trying to hit the ball hard and see what
happens. It was a fastball over the middle."
Giles then singled up the middle to score Bowen.
"We were trying to give Mateo the day off," said Seattle
manager Mike Hargrove. "He has thrown four games in a row and we
didn't want to go to him, but we did. He was going to go one inning
and that would be it."
"I'm just trying to stick my big body right on top of home
plate and make sure no one scores," said Bowen, who survived his
collision with the 6-foot-8 Sexson on the play. "I set up for the
worse-case scenario. So I'm going to make sure that I hold on to
the ball whether he runs me over or tries to slide around me or do
whatever. I'm just getting ready. In that situation you can't think
about who's running, you just have to hold on to the ball."
San Diego starter Jake Peavy pitched eight strong innings,
allowing one run and six hits. He struck out nine without any
walks. He was 4-0 lifetime against Seattle and reduced his ERA
against the Mariners from 1.69 to 1.56.
Seattle starter Gil Meche, who had won his last three starts,
allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and
struck out six.
Cameron gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the third when he hit his
sixth home run of the season, a 374-foot blast over the auxiliary
scoreboard in right field.
Peavy pitched his way out of a jam in the third. Jeremy Reed led
off with a double to left-center. He moved over to third on a
passed ball by catcher Mike Piazza. However, with the infield in,
Peavy struck out Yuniesky Betancourt and Meche. He then struck out
Suzuki on three straight swings.
Meche, who gave up the homer to Cameron in the fourth, yielded a
one-out single to Johnson in that same inning. However, he came
back and retired Giles and Piazza on infield popouts to end the
Suzuki, who had his 20-game hitting streak snapped
Thursday, went 0-for-3 before singling to right in the eighth. ...
Cameron led off for just the third time this season. In addition to
his sixth home run of the season, he drew two walks.