SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The world didn't end after all for the San
Diego Padres, who just like that found themselves back in first
place in the NL West.
All-time MLB saves leaders
Trevor Hoffman earned his 476th career save, Mike Cameron hit a
three-run homer and the San Diego Padres rebounded from their crazy
loss the night before in Los Angeles to beat the Arizona
Diamondbacks 5-2 Tuesday night.Adrian Gonzalez also connected for the Padres, who moved a
half-game ahead of the Dodgers in the division. They also stayed 1½
games ahead of Philadelphia for a playoff spot. The Phillies are
one game back of Los Angeles in the wild-card race.On Monday night, the Padres led 9-5 in the ninth at Dodger
Stadium before Los Angeles tied a major league record with four
consecutive homers -- the last two off Hoffman for a blown save -- to
tie it. Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run shot in the 10th for an
11-10 Dodgers win.Hoffman bounced back by throwing a perfect ninth to pull within
three of breaking Lee Smith's saves record of 478. Hoffman, who
earned his NL-leading 40th save in 45 chances, received a standing
ovation from the crowd of 29,067 as he jogged to the mound and
again after the third out.Hoffman said it's hard for him to forget about a game like
Monday night's."You don't. You're human. Stuff's going to sit and fester.
Really, you've got two options -- you can go home or you can come
back the next day. We came back as a group. That's the important
thing."I think more than anything it was a bigger win for them than a
crushing blow for us," Hoffman said about Monday night's loss.And Tuesday night's win?"It's all going to be forgotten in about an hour, and the
biggest game of the year, again, will be tomorrow," Hoffman said.The biggest difference from the night before, Hoffman said, was
that "the first batter got a first-pitch popup as opposed to a
first-pitch home run. It was nice."Clay Hensley (10-11) pitched in and out of jams to win his
second straight start, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs and
seven hits in six innings."If it takes us three games to get over what happened in L.A.,
then we'd be in trouble," Hensley said. "It goes down the drain
with the shower, and you move on to the next day."The Diamondbacks figured as much."I didn't expect them to have any hangover from last night,"
Conor Jackson said. "Every game for them right now is crucial.
They're going to play their best. They're in a race."San Diego took a 4-0 lead in the first and, unlike Monday night,
made it stand.Livan Hernandez (12-13) looked lethargic in allowing the Padres'
two homers and walking five.Hernandez allowed Dave Roberts' leadoff single in the first,
then with one out walked Todd Walker and Mike Piazza on four
pitches each. Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly before Cameron drove the
first pitch he saw from Hernandez over the center-field fence, his
21st, to make it 4-0."I missed one pitch to Cameron and that was the ballgame,"
Hernandez said. "I tried to throw a sinker outside and the ball
was moving too much. It was difficult to control."Cameron said it was easy to forget about Monday night."We talked about it enough last night," he said. "We
witnessed it firsthand. There wasn't really much to talk about,
especially when we had to get ready to play today. We played a good
game yesterday. We just got beat."Gonzalez homered to right with two outs in the fifth, his 23rd.Hensley allowed four straight hits opening the fourth, including
Luis Gonzalez's leadoff double and Chad Tracy's RBI single. After
Jackson singled to load the bases, Hensley struck out Carlos
Quentin and got Chris Snyder to hit into an inning-ending double
play.Snyder hit an RBI double with two outs in the sixth.Hensley struck out three and walked three. Hernandez allowed
five runs and five hits in five innings.
Hoffman extended his major league record with his eighth
40-save season. ... Manager Bruce Bochy expects that RHP Chan Ho
Park will be activated when the Padres begin their final road trip
next Monday. Park, who had surgery on Aug. 23 to stop intestinal
bleeding, will pitch out of the bullpen. ... Hernandez struck out