“It was like a cut fastball; it started in the middle and just kind of came in,” said Burroughs, who’s hitting just .205. “I got the head of the bat out on it and it just found a hole.”
Ryan Klesko singled leading off the inning and Mark Kotsay walked with one out. Rookie Xavier Nady was credited with a single to center on a ball that Ricky Ledee said he overran, bringing up Burroughs.
“I was just going to react,” Burroughs said. “I didn’t want to go up there swinging at balls since he walked a guy before I got up there. I didn’t want to take myself out of an at-bat. I wanted to get something to at least score one run, if not two.”
Mike Matthews (1-0) got the win despite allowing a run in the 10th.
It was the second blown save in nine chances for Mesa (1-2).
Five days after pitching his first career no-hitter in a 1-0 home win against San Francisco, Millwood allowed eight hits, including two home runs, and three runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Vazquez, the Padres’ left-handed leadoff batter, bounced a single past Thome on Millwood’s first pitch, earning a nice round of applause from the crowd of 20,595.
“That was the plan I had,” Vazquez said. “I was thinking if I get a good fastball first pitch, middle in, I was going to be aggressive and try to get ahead right away. I’m glad it went through.”
And just like that, Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer remained the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts, in 1938.
“It was actually kind of nice to get it out of the way quickly,” Millwood said. “It kept me from thinking about it the rest of the game.”
The Padres were facing a pitcher coming off a no-hitter for the third time. They beat Los Angeles’ Jerry Reuss in 1980 one start after he no-hit the Giants, and they beat the Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo after he threw a no-hitter at Colorado’s Coors Field in 1996.
Vazquez and Klesko homered in the fifth inning to give the Padres a short-lived 3-1 lead. Vazquez hit a high shot into the right-field seats with one out, his second. Klesko lined a 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence with two outs, his eighth.
“The guy on this team you don’t want to beat you is Klesko,” Millwood said. “The home run by him probably was the key to the game.”
Thome hit a two-run double with two outs in the sixth off Padres starter Clay Condrey to tie it.
Millwood fell behind 1-0 in the second when Nady hit a leadoff double and scored on Wiki Gonzalez’s single.
Condrey opened with two perfect innings before allowing Pat Burrell’s homer to left leading off the third to tie it at 1.
Condrey allowed three runs and three hits in six innings, struck out fourand walked three.
Padres OF Shane Victorino said his shoulder was bruised but he was otherwise OK after slamming into the base of the stands while chasing a foul ball in Thursday’s loss to Pittsburgh. … RF Nady was back in the starting lineup after getting Thursday off, the first time this season he’s had a dayoff.