Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/15)

Game 1: Saturday, September 14
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San Francisco 12
Game 2: Sunday, September 15
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San Francisco 1

Padres 4

(63-87, 24-51 away)

Giants 1

(85-64, 45-31 home)

    5:05 PM ET, September 15, 2002

    AT&T Park, San Francisco, California 

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    W: J. Peavy (6-7)

    L: K. Ainsworth (1-2)

    S: T. Hoffman (37)

    Hoffman strikes out Bonds, Kent in ninth

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Trevor Hoffman finally got Barry Bonds out in a critical situation.

    Hoffman -- fifth on the career saves list -- struck out Bonds and Jeff Kent with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to preserve the San Diego Padres' 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

    "The last two times I faced Bonds I intentionally walked him and he hit a home run on a fastball in,'' Hoffman said. "With the bases loaded, you just try to get ahead. There's no room to put him with him being the winning run. That's not a situation I wanted to be in.''

    Ryan Klesko homered and drove in three runs as San Diego won its first game at Pacific Bell Park in seven tries this season. Jake Peavy got the win with help from four relievers.

    "Hoffy clutched up when he needed against two of the better hitters in the game,'' San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "Those are the last two guys you want to see up with the bases loaded, but with the game on the line, Hoffy has an unbelievable ability to keep his focus.''

    The Giants wasted a chance to take a two-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL wild-card race. The Dodgers lost at Colorado earlier in the day.

    San Francisco manager Dusty Baker, pitching coach Dave Righetti and catcher Benito Santiago were all ejected in the ninth inning. Righetti was tossed when he threw an empty bucket from the dugout onto the field.

    "It was a frustrating game,'' Baker said. "We had baserunners every inning and didn't score. It seemed like we had guys on first and second every inning and we couldn't get that hit.''

    Kurt Ainsworth, in his first major league start since April 17, allowed three runs on three hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

    Ainsworth (1-2) started the year in the Giants rotation as part of the first rookie tandem (along with Ryan Jensen) to begin the season in the San Francisco rotation in 27 years. He was optioned to Triple-A Fresno when Jason Schmidt was activated from the disabled list April 24.

    Peavy (6-7), who entered 1-6 with a 6.97 ERA on the road, allowed one run on six hits in five innings. Clayton Condrey and Brandon Villafuerte combined for three scoreless innings of relief before Hoffman came on to start the ninth.

    The Giants loaded the bases on singles by David Bell and Rich Aurilia, and a walk to Kenny Lofton. But Hoffman escaped for his 37th save in 40 chances.

    "That was awesome,'' Peavy said. "No one in this dugout wanted anybody else but Hoffman in that situation. When you see him walk out there you expect to win. I don't think there are two tougher outs right now in the National League. I'm glad he's on my side.''

    Gene Kingsale added an RBI single for the Padres in ninth.

    Klesko has hit safely in 21 of his past 23 games, with 12 doubles, seven homers and 22 RBI during that stretch.

    "These are our playoffs,'' he said. "It should be fun for the next two weeks.''

    Bonds was walked intentionally for the 59th time this season, extending his major league record. He also walked in the sixth and is one walk from tying his own single-season record set last year at 177.

    The Padres took a 1-0 lead when Mark Kotsay and Klesko hit back-to-back doubles in the first inning.

    After Ainsworth walked Sean Burroughs with two outs, he retired his next 14 hitters.

    "I felt sharp today,'' Ainsworth said. "I just made a big mistake in my last inning.''

    Ainsworth also had a hand in tying the game for the Giants. His one-out double in the fifth -- a sharp grounder just inside the third-base line -- was the first hit of his major league career.

    After advancing to third on Lofton's bunt single, Ainsworth scored when Peavy's 2-0 pitch to Bonds hit the front of the plate and bounced into the stands for a wild pitch.

    Klesko's 29th homer of the season, a two-run shot into the right-field pavilion, broke a 1-all tie in the sixth. He needs one homer to become the third Padres player with consecutive 30-homer seasons. Fred McGriff and Phil Nevin are the others.

    Game notes


    Bonds had his streak of 96 consecutive plate appearances without striking out snapped by Peavy in the fourth. Bonds had last struck out Aug. 22 against the New York Mets. ... Plate umpire Mark Hirschbeck was hit by a pitch in his left leg and required minor attention from Giants trainer Stan Conte in the top of the fifth. ... Ainsworth was hit in his right lower leg by a line drive by Wil Nieves, also in the fifth, but remained in the game. ... The Padres have scored the first run in the last seven games against the Giants. ... Condrey hasn't allowed a run in 14 1-3 innings of his rookie season. ... Bonds fanned twice in a game for the third time all year.

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