Padres 5, Giants 4, 10 innings
With the San Francisco Giants closing in on a three-game sweep, Lockhart’s pinch-hit, two-run single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning—his first hit since June 29—lifted the San Diego Padres to a 5-4 win Thursday night.
“I feel like it’s my first week of spring training,” said Lockhart, who was activated from the disabled list on Aug. 29 after missing nearly two months with a strained lower back.
“When you’re out for two months, it’s hard to get situated,” said Lockhart, whose hit off Tim Worrell helped the Padres win for just the fourth time in 15 games this season against the NL West-leading Giants.
Mike Matthews (6-4) got the final out of the 10th for the win.
In the bottom of the inning, Brian Giles led off with a single, Phil Nevin walked and the runners advanced on Gary Matthews Jr.’s groundout. Mark Kotsay was intentionally walked, and Lockhart followed with a single down the first-base line on a 3-2 pitch from Worrell (4-4).
“When I first hit it, I thought it was going to be right at J.T.,” Lockhart said. “I was just trying to be aggressive and hit the ball hard.”
Snow, the six-time Gold Glove winner at first base, was upset afterward because of where he was positioned.
“I was moved from where I wanted to play,” Snow said. “I was told to play somewhere else. I was told to play over a couple of steps toward the hole, that’s why I was upset.”
Snow refused to identify who told him to play off the line.
“If I play where I want to play and I know I should play, that play is made and we probably make a double play and win the game,” he said.
San Francisco manager Felipe Alou disagreed.
“If he makes the play on the line, we don’t think we were going to get a double play,” Alou said.
The blown save was the seventh for Worrell, who has 33 saves, as the Giants lost for the third time in their last 10 games.
Despite the defeat, San Francisco maintained its 11 1/2 -game lead and reduced its magic number to clinch the NL West to seven games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 2-0 at Arizona.
Beck, who pitched a perfect ninth, gave up the 10th homer allowed by the Padres in the series. Edgardo Alfonzo also hit a solo homer in the fourth off starter Adam Eaton, his third homer of the series.
The Giants outscored San Diego 15-4 and hit eight homers in winning the first two games of the series.
“That was a big win for us against them,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve been having a real tough time against them.”
Eaton allowed three runs on three hits over seven innings. Eaton struck out six, walked three and retired 12 of the final 13 he faced after allowing Alfonzo’s leadoff homer.
Williams lasted six innings, giving up three runs—two earned—on five hits.
After Giles’ sacrifice fly gave San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first, San Francisco took the lead in the second.
The Giants loaded the bases on one-out walks, sandwiched around a double by Benito Santiago. Jose Cruz Jr. brought in one run with a sacrifice fly and Williams got his first major league RBI with a slow roller to center that scored Santiago.
Alfonzo then hit his 10th homer in the fourth that put San Francisco ahead 3-1.
The Padres squandered a one-out, bases-loaded chance in the third whenWilliams got Giles to hit into a double play.
Williams was hitting .069 (2-for-29) before his single in the second. … With the Padres moving into their new downtown ballpark next season, San Francisco finished 150-138 at Qualcomm Stadium. … Marquis Grissom finished 0-for-2 with a walk against Eaton, who has held Grissom to an .053 average (1-for-19). … San Diego won for just the 10th time in its last 32 homes gamesagainst the Giants dating to the 2000 season.