Hoffman breaks Smith mark, Padres beat down Nats

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- On his way to becoming the career saves leader,
Trevor Hoffman broke another one of Lee Smith's records.

Hoffman set a major league record with his 11th 30-save season
and the San Diego Padres defeated the Washington Nationals 6-3 on
Saturday night.

Hoffman entered the game in the ninth with a three-run lead and
retired Austin Kearns on a grounder to third and Ryan Church on a
popup to short. After Marlon Anderson doubled, Hoffman struck out
Brian Schneider swinging to wrap up his 466th career save.

Hoffman and Lee Smith were tied for the most 30-save seasons
with 10. Hoffman is 12 saves behind Smith's major league record of

Mike Cameron helped give Hoffman the chance to pass Smith,
hitting a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning. Cameron was
moved to No. 3 in the order for the second straight game.

"It's no different than hitting second," said Cameron.
"Whether you see the first six pitches or nine, or 12. You try to
hit the ball hard no matter where you're batting in the order."

Mike Piazza and Adrian Gonzalez each drove in two runs and Dave
Roberts had three hits, stole a base and scored two runs as the
Padres increased their lead in the NL West to two games over
Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Alan Embree (4-2) who came on in relief of starter Mike Thomson,
retired Schneider in the top of the seventh with a runner on second
and wound up with the win.

Thompson, filling as a spot starter, threw 6 2-3 innings
allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out

With the score 3-3 in the seventh, Cameron drove the ball to
left-center gap off Pedro Astacio (2-2) to score Roberts from first

Roberts had drawn a walk leading off the seventh. Astacio threw
the ball over to first base three times trying to keep Roberts
close before he threw the first pitch to Cameron, who drove it to
the gap.

"It was a fastball," said Cameron, "It was the same pitch he
got me out on the previous two at bats. He seemed to be worrying
about Dave (Roberts) too much."

Nationals manager Frank Robinson agreed.

"His undoing was the seventh inning, walking Roberts on four
straight pitches got him into trouble," said Robinson. "He was
worrying about Roberts stealing and threw Cameron a fastball. That
was a lethal combination."

Astacio gave way to Saul Rivera and Piazza greeted the reliever
with a line a single up the middle, scoring Cameron.

Brian Giles added an RBI single in the eighth to make it 6-3.

Thompson took a perfect game into the fourth inning, retiring
the first 11 batters before Ryan Zimmerman hit his 15th home run
over the 402-foot mark into the bullpen in center field.

Marlon Anderson hit two-run homer off Thompson in the fifth to
tie the game at 3.

The Padres had jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning
against Astacio. Roberts singled up the middle leading off and
stole second and two outs later Piazza walked. Gonzalez followed
with triple to right-center on the first pitch to score two.

Piazza's sacrifice fly to right in the third put San Diego up

Game notes
Roberts extended his hitting streak to eight games with his
leadoff single in the first. He also stole his 32nd base in the
first and is third in the NL in that category. ... Adrian Gonzalez
connected for his second career triple and first of the 2006
season. In five games agaisnt Washington this year, Gonzalez is
hitting .389 (7-for-18)with two home runs, a triple, double and six
RBI. ... With three earned runs over 6 2/3 inning Mike Thompson
has turned in eight quality starts. ... Embree has not allowed an
earned run in his last 12 appearances, a span of 8.2 innings,
dating back to July 17. ... Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, who is
nursing a sprained middle finger on his left hand and missed his
second start, came in as a pinch-runner in the seventh. He is
listed as day-to-day.