Padres 3, Mariners 1
Against baseball’s top team, at that.
“We’ve been playing better baseball and we knew we had our work cut out for us against the best team in baseball this week,” Mark Kotsay said after the Padres beat the Mariners 3-1 on Sunday to take two of three.
“This club doesn’t give up. It doesn’t want to be embarrassed.”
San Diego, which has baseball’s second-worst record, has won five of eight. The Padres also beat the Mariners 5-3 on Friday night, when Rondell White hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth.
The Padres hadn’t won a series since taking the final two of three at the Chicago Cubs on April 23-24. They followed that up by losing 14 series and splitting two.
Peavy (7-5) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter.
Franklin (6-5), who doesn’t have a complete game in 27 career starts, retired the first 10 batters before walking Kotsay. The right-hander continued to keep the Padres off-balance until Mendez hit a sharp, curving liner down the left-field line in the sixth.
Third base umpire Joe Brinkman raised his arms, then called it a fair ball. Mendez eased up slightly rounding first when he saw Brinkman put his arms up, but then hustled into second.
Mariners manager Bob Melvin came out to argue and Franklin motioned that it should have been called foul.
“That’s awful. That’s terrible,” Melvin said. “That’s just indifferent to what is going on out there. Not only did the guy have a no-hitter going but it ends up affecting the outcome of the game.”
Franklin thought it was a foul ball.
“It was a tough call, man,” he said. “I know what I saw. I saw him throw up his hands like it was a foul ball.”
He looked at plate umpire Derryl Cousins to get another ball, then noticed Brinkman was holding up two fingers. “You have got to be kidding me,” Franklin said.
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said he had no doubt it was a hit.
“It looked like it hit right on the outside of the line there, and that’s a fair ball,” Bochy said.
“I just got in the box and tried to hit the ball hard, and that’s what I did,” Mendez said.
The Padres hadn’t had a hit since the third inning of Saturday night’s 4-2 loss, a span of 11 innings, so the prospect of being no-hit was on their minds.
“Anytime you go into the sixth and you haven’t given up a hit, both sides start thinking about it,” Bochy said. “He pitched very well and just hit his spots. He had great location today.”
Kotsay doubled just beyond the reach of right fielder Ichiro Suzuki with two outs to score Mendez, who had advanced on a sacrifice.
Winn walked with one out, stole second and advanced on third baseman Dave Hansen’s two-out throwing error.
Peavy allowed four hits in 6 2-3 scoreless innings. Franklin allowed one run and two hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. Franklin came in with a 6.75 ERA in two relief appearances at Qualcomm Stadium.
Rod Beck pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Suzuki hit an opposite-field double into the left-field corner in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, five short of his career-highset in 2001. He finished 2-for-4.
Padres 3B Sean Burroughs sat out with a tweaked groin muscle. Bochy said Burroughs might be back Monday night against Colorado. Hansen started in his place. … The Padres are 18-14 against Seattle since interleague play started in 1997, including 12-7 at home. … The Mariners have lost only sixseries this year.