Greene's two-run single in 9th pushes Pads past Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Khalil Greene's game-winning, two-run single in
the ninth inning set off quite the celebration among the San Diego

"We didn't want to go 14 innings again today," Brian Giles
said after the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5
Friday night to hold onto first place in the NL West.

The win came a day after a tough 14-inning, 6-5 loss to the
Oakland Athletics.

While Greene had the big hit, Chan Ho Park did his part to save
the Padres. A day after they used all seven relievers, Park threw
eight innings to keep the Padres in the game even though he allowed
three homers.

That means the bullpen should be fresh for Saturday's split

"We would have had to have Cameron or maybe even Gonzalez get
loose," Giles joked, referring to center fielder Mike Cameron and
first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. "So it was nice to finish it off in
nine, short turnaround and we play tomorrow at 12."

Said manager Bruce Bochy: "He saved us. No question we needed
to give guys a break down there. He didn't get the win, but he
helped us win."

Trailing 5-4, the Padres rallied off Jeremy Accardo (0-2), who
blew his first save in four chances. Giles hit a leadoff single to
left, advanced on a wild pitch and took third on Gonzalez's one-out
bloop single to right. Gonzalez took second on the throw and was
replaced by pinch-runner Eric Young.

Greene then hit a sinking liner to right to score Giles and
Young, who barely slid in ahead of the tag.

Everyone celebrated except the low-key Greene, who touched first
base, then headed for the dugout.

"I don't know if I manifest excitement all that much," Greene
said. "I'm just happy with being able to do what I wanted to do
going into the at-bat. I'm pleased about it."

Greene's hitting only .226, but he's got 42 RBI, second on the

"He's not hitting what he wants to hit, but he clutched up
tonight," Bochy said.

"The thing that stinks is I that I threw the ball well but I
can't take anything away from it," Accardo said. "It was a good
pitch. He couldn't do anything with it but what he did."

Brian Sikorski (1-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

The Padres kept their one-game lead over Los Angeles and
Colorado. Had San Francisco won, there would have been a four-way
tie atop the division.

Former Padres reserve Mark Sweeney hit a tiebreaking homer with
one out in the eighth.

Barry Bonds went 0-for-4 as the Giants' three-game winning
streak ended. Bonds was loudly booed, just as he was here on
opening day. No one threw a syringe at him, though, as one fan did
on April 3.

The crowd laughed and cheered when Bonds went down after fouling
a ball off his right ankle in the eighth. They booed when he got
up, and cheered when he struck out.

That came one at-bat after Sweeney hit a 1-1 pitch from Park
into the home run porch down the right-field line, his fourth.
Giles leaped for the ball and was reaching into the stands to make
a play when the ball deflected off a fan's hands and away from the

"When you've got arms and beers hanging out over there, it's
tough," Giles said.

Sweeney was a key reserve last year when the Padres won the NL

"Thank God I hit it where I did," Sweeney said. "That's the
only place where it would have gone out."

Park allowed three homers among seven hits in eight innings. He
gave up five runs, four earned, struck out three and walked none.

The Giants had four extra base hits in the first three innings
off Park, including homers by Pedro Feliz and Ray Durham, to take a
4-0 lead.

San Diego rallied off Jamey Wright to tie it, with Vinny
Castilla hitting a two-run single with two outs in the fourth and
Mike Piazza driving in two more with a single with the bases loaded
and no outs in the fifth. Piazza had three hits.

With the no-decision, Wright remained winless in his last seven
starts, a streak that includes four losses. He allowed four runs
and 10 hits in six innings, walked three and struck out two.

Feliz hit a two-run homer into the balcony on the second level
of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building just beyond the left-field
corner with one out in the second, his 11th. Randy Winn hit a
two-out RBI triple.

Durham hit a two-out homer in the third, his ninth.

Game notes
The Giants agreed to terms with RHP Tim Lincecum, their
first-round draft pick. ... The Padres hired Paul DePodesta as
special assistant for baseball operations, giving them five former
general managers on the payroll.