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Pirates 6, Padres 4

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Ronny Paulino helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres with his bat and his play in the field.

Paulino had three RBI and tagged out Vinny Castilla for the final out as Pittsburgh beat the Padres 6-4 on Saturday night.

"Everybody has been swinging the bats well," Paulino said. "Everyone is playing together. We are getting better as a team. We stayed aggressive."

The Pirates have won seven of their last nine, but needed a heads-up play in the ninth to secure the victory.

With runners on first and second and one out with a run already in via a Josh Barfield sacrifice fly, Dave Roberts grounded to shortstop Jack Wilson, who flipped the ball to second baseman Jose Castillo for one out. Castillo's throw to first was low and got past first baseman Sean Casey.

Castilla rounded third and headed for home, but the ball bounced perfectly off the railing back to Casey, who alertly threw home to Paulino to retire Castilla.

"The ball caromed and I went to get it," Casey said. "I didn't think he was running, so it caught me off-guard. I just tried to get it to (Paulino) as fast as I could. And he made a great play."

Thanks in part to that play, Gonzalez was credited with his seventh save in as many chances.

"Your first instinct is go," Castilla said. "I'm half way, and the ball bounces back to (Casey). But at that point, you have to keep going."

Castilla would not have represented the tying run for the Padres, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

"On a bad throw, you think you can make it, so you go," Bochy said. "But in that situation, it is not worth the risk."

The peculiar ninth inning overshadowed what had been a solid start by Zach Duke (4-6), who had lost his previous four starts before earning the win Monday over the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed San Diego three first-inning runs, but settled down after that and permitted only one hit over the next six innings. He struck out four and walked three.

"I was impressed with the way that we responded to San Diego's three-run first inning," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said.

The Padres took their lead on Khalil Greene's three-run double after a rain delay of 1 hour, 36 minutes. But the Pirates answered back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning.

"Any time you get five runs in the first, that's something you just say, 'My team's behind me; now I owe it to my team to go out there and keep us on top,"' Duke said.

Greene's two-out double scored Mike Cameron, Brian Giles and Mark Bellhorn, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead before the Pirates came to bat for the second straight night.

Pittsburgh scored all five of its runs in the first with two outs.

A Jeromy Burnitz single scored Jack Wilson. Two batters later, Jose Castillo hit a ball that caromed off of both third baseman Vinny Castilla's and shortstop Greene's gloves that was ruled a single. Jason Bay scored on the play.

"It was just one of those games," Padres starter Mike Thompson said. "It's not like they were hammering home runs."

Paulino then singled to right to drive in Burnitz and Freddy Sanchez, and Duke helped his own cause when Castillo scored on his single up the middle.

Rookie Mike Thompson (2-2) endured the worst start of his young career. The 25-year-old had won two of his first three starts -- not allowing more than three earned runs in any of them. But he was tagged for six runs (five earned) on eight hits with no strikeouts.

"He pitched a lot better than the numbers indicate," Bochy said. "It's a tough night for a kid. I thought he threw the ball all right."

Notes

The Pirates, who are 14 games under .500 for the season, improved to 16-5 in night games played at PNC Park. ... Castillo has reached safely in 19 of his last 22 games. ... The Pirates have a 53-inning errorless streak. ... The Padres have lost six of their last eight home games after starting the season 12-4 away from PETCO Park. ... Padres reliever Brian Sikorski made his first major-league appearance in six years.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Paulino
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
San Diego Padres
Eric Young, LF2000100
   a- Dave Roberts, PH-LF2000002
Mike Cameron, CF3110100
Brian Giles, RF2100201
Mike Piazza, C4020012
Mark Bellhorn, 1B4110013
Khalil Greene, SS4123000
Vinny Castilla, 3B4010001
Josh Barfield, 2B3001000
Mike Thompson, P1000010
   b- Rob Bowen, PH1000010
    Jon Adkins, P0000000
   c- Geoff Blum, PH1000000
    Alan Embree, P0000000
    Brian Sikorski, P0000000
   d- Josh Bard, PH0000100
Totals31474549 
a-grounded out for Young in the 8th
b-struck out for M. Thompson in the 5th
c-grounded out for Adkins in the 7th
d-walked for Sikorski in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Piazza (, Duke), Khalil Greene 2 (, Duke, Gonzalez)
SF - Josh Barfield ()
RBI - Khalil Greene 3 (), Josh Barfield ()
2-OUT RBI - Khalil Greene 3 ()
SB - Mike Cameron (, 2nd base off Duke/Paulino)
CS - Eric Young (, 2nd base by Duke/Paulino)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Mark Bellhorn (, Missed catch)
San Diego Padres
Mike Thompson (L,-) 4865200
Jon Adkins 2000000
Alan Embree 1000020
Brian Sikorski 1200010
HBP - F. Sanchez (by Mike Thompson)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Thompson 84-53, Jon Adkins 16-14, Alan Embree 12-8, Brian Sikorski 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Thompson 7-5, Jon Adkins 1-5, Alan Embree 1-0, Brian Sikorski 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Thompson 23, Jon Adkins 6, Alan Embree 3, Brian Sikorski 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF-RF4010002
Jack Wilson, SS4110000
Sean Casey, 1B4000012
Jason Bay, LF2110210
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4111003
    Jose Bautista, CF0000000
Freddy Sanchez, 3B3110000
Jose Castillo, 2B4221001
Ronny Paulino, C3023000
Zach Duke, P3011000
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH1000011
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000
Totals326106239 
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jack Wilson (, M. Thompson)
SF - Ronny Paulino ()
RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (), Jose Castillo (), Ronny Paulino 3 (), Zach Duke ()
2-OUT RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (), Jose Castillo (), Ronny Paulino 2 (), Zach Duke ()
SB - Nate McLouth (, 2nd base off M. Thompson/Piazza)
CS - Jose Castillo (, 2nd base by Sikorski/Piazza)
Team LOB - 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (W,-) 7433340
Roberto Hernandez (H,) 1100100
Mike Gonzalez (S,) 1211100
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 101-59, Roberto Hernandez 20-11, Mike Gonzalez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 13-3, Roberto Hernandez 2-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Roberto Hernandez 5, Mike Gonzalez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30639
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Bill Miller