Series: Game 2 of 3

San Diego leads 2-0 (as of 8/20)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 19
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 20
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Game 3: Thursday, August 21
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Mets 1

(54-71, 25-36 away)

Padres 2

(48-78, 26-36 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 20, 2003

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: R. Beck (3-1)

    L: G. Roberts (0-1)

    Burroughs singles in winning run against Roberts

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sean Burroughs relishes the high-pressure moment, and Wednesday night he delivered in one of his biggest of the season.

    Burroughs lined a one-out single in the ninth inning to score Phil Nevin with the winning run, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets.

    Burroughs' hit off Grant Roberts (0-1) gave San Diego its second straight late-inning win over the Mets. Nevin hit a two-run homer in the eighth on Tuesday night to give the Padres a 3-2 victory.

    "You want to be in those situations," Burroughs said. "If you can't play this game under pressure situations, you shouldn't be playing at all. If you're scared, you should go home."

    Burroughs had been hitting .250 with runners in scoring position.

    "You have to be positive and you want to stay aggressive," Burroughs said. "You know with first and second, he doesn't want to pitch around you."

    After his big hit Tuesday night, Nevin was right back in the middle of another San Diego rally.

    Nevin led off the ninth Wednesday with a single and stole second as Ryan Klesko struck out. It was Nevin's first attempt of the season since coming off the disabled list on July 23.

    Dave Hansen was walked intentionally before Burroughs hit a line drive to center. Nevin scored standing up ahead of center fielder Jeff Duncan's throw, which took two hops to reach catcher Vance Wilson.

    "He jump-started us again," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said of Nevin.

    Rod Beck (3-1) struck out the only batter he faced in the ninth inning.

    Roger Cedeno hit a two-out double off Jay Witasick in the ninth. But Beck relieved and struck out Jose Reyes to end the inning.

    The Mets, who outhit the Padres 8-4, had problems getting timely hits. New York was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

    "That's not going to win any ball games," Mets manager Art Howe said.

    The Mets took advantage of back-to-back walks off Witasick to tie the score at 1-all in the eighth.

    Witasick, who relieved starter Jake Peavy, walked Reyes and Mike Piazza to start the inning. After a fly out, Timo Perez doubled off the right-field wall to score Reyes.

    With the infield playing in, pinch-runner Marco Scutaro was thrown out at the plate on Ty Wigginton's grounder to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Witasick struck out Duncan to end the inning.

    Mark Loretta broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run off Aaron Heilman in the sixth to put San Diego ahead 1-0.

    Loretta hit Heilman's first pitch -- a hanging slider -- into the left-field stands with one out for the game's first run. Heilman took a one-hitter into the inning.

    "He hit it pretty good," Heilman said. "I made a bad pitch and he capitalized on it."

    Heilman finished giving up two hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out three, walked five and threw two wild pitches.

    Peavy pitched seven shutout innings, the second time in three games that he has not allowed a run and did not get a win. Peavy threw nine shutout innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 8 in a game the Padres won 1-0 in 12 innings.

    He worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning, thanks, in part, to a diving catch by center fielder Mark Kotsay.

    Wigginton walked with one out to load the bases after back-to-back singles by Piazza and Jason Phillips to lead off the inning. Duncan then followed with a short fly ball to left-center that Kotsay dove on to make the catch. Joe McEwing grounded out to end the inning.

    "Diving is the toughest thing for me," said Kotsay, who has had back problems all season. "But right there, with Jake pitching so well, it's a play I have to make."

    Peavy, who retired the final eight batters he faced, allowed six singles before leaving for a pinch-hitter. Peavy struck out seven and walked one.

    Game notes

    Peavy is 2-0 against the Mets with a 1.72 ERA, allowing only five runs in 26 2-3 innings. ... Piazza threw out his fifth runner in 13 attempts this season. ... San Diego took a 195-194 lead in the all-time series against the Mets.

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