Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 17
Arizona 2Final
San Diego 3
Game 2: Wednesday, September 18
Arizona 10Final
San Diego 3
Game 3: Thursday, September 19
Arizona 3Final
San Diego 1

Diamondbacks 2

(92-58, 41-32 away)

Padres 3

(64-87, 40-36 home)

    10:05 PM ET, September 17, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: A. Eaton (1-1)

    L: M. Batista (7-9)

    S: T. Hoffman (38)

    Eaton earns his first win in 15 months

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Adam Eaton knew he'd win again, he just wasn't sure when.


    Eaton allowed two hits over seven innings for his first win in nearly 15 months since elbow surgery, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night.

    Eaton (1-1), making the fourth start of his comeback, looked like the promising pitcher the club envisioned as a No. 1 or 2 starter before he hurt an elbow ligament in July 2001.

    "That's how I used to pitch,'' Eaton said. "I was able to throw all my pitches and throw them all for strikes.''

    Following ligament replacement surgery in August 2001, Eaton made his first major league start in more than a year on Sept. 1. He had lasted five innings or less in all three of his prior starts.

    But against Arizona, Eaton kept the defending World Series champions in check. The Diamondbacks' magic number to clinch their second straight NL West title and third in four seasons remained at six.

    Arizona is 92-58 overall but just 39-45 when Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling don't start.

    "It feels good to get that quality start, especially considering who it came against,'' Eaton said.

    Eaton allowed one run -- on a solo homer by Luis Gonzalez in the fourth -- with six strikeouts and two walks. Mike Holtz and Brandon Villafuerte followed, and Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save in 41 chances to finish the combined four-hitter.

    "I just think he's getting into his groove,'' Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He could throw any pitch at any time. That was a big game for him to put together.'' David Dellucci had the other hit off Eaton, a one-out double in the fifth, but was stranded after taking third on a wild pitch.

    "He had much better command of his breaking stuff,'' Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He was able to throw his curveball for strikes.''

    Miguel Batista (7-9) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and four hits in seven innings.

    San Diego scored three runs on an unusual play in the first inning. After one-out singles by Mark Kotsay and Ryan Klesko, Ray Lankford hit a hard grounder down the first-base line past a diving Erubiel Durazo.

    When Dellucci, the right fielder, tried to backhand the ball near the pitcher's mound in the visiting bullpen in foul territory, the ball rolled under his glove into the corner.

    Kotsay and Klesko scored easily, and Lankford came all the way around, scoring standing up without a throw.

    Lankford was credited with a double and Dellucci was charged with a two-base error.

    "That was a weird play because you don't expect to score three runs on a ground ball down the first base line,'' Lankford said.

    "I tried to get to the ball before it got to the mound, but I butchered it,'' Dellucci said.

    After the first inning, the Padres failed to get runner past first base.

    Arizona added a run in the eighth against Holtz on Steve Finley's RBI single.

    Game notes

    Arizona has lost six of seven games at San Diego this season. ... Eaton walked two batters after giving up 13 walks in 12 1/3 innings during his first three starts. ... Gonzalez, who walked once, has walked 20 times in his last 24 games.

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