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Greene, Padres top Phils with three-run blast in ninth

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Khalil Greene is developing a knack for clutch hits.

Greene's three-run homer off All-Star closer Tom Gordon in the ninth inning lifted the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Jake Peavy pitched seven strong innings and hit his first career homer for the Padres, who snapped an 11-game losing streak to Philadelphia that dated to the 2004 season.

Greene is hitting just .231, but he has 11 homers, 45 RBI and is building a reputation for delivering key hits at the right time. The third-year shortstop had a game-winning, two-run single in the ninth inning against San Francisco last Friday. Earlier this season, he hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 3-0 victory over Los Angeles.

"I try not to overanalyze the situation and put a good swing on the ball," Greene said.

Scott Linebrink (6-2) pitched a scoreless inning and Trevor Hoffman finished for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Phillies starter Scott Mathieson allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings in only his third career start. Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double.

San Diego, which came in tied for first place in the NL West, ended a three-game losing streak. The struggling Phillies had won two in a row after losing 17 of 22.

Mike Piazza singled off Arthur Rhodes (0-3) with one out in the ninth inning. Pinch-runner Eric Young went to second base on a wild pitch and pinch-hitter Josh Bard was intentionally walked. Gordon came in and Greene hit a 2-0 pitch into the left-field seats.

"I didn't think it was hit that hard. That's the way things are going now," Gordon said.

Greene hit .273 as a rookie in 2004 and batted .250 last season when he had a career high 70 RBI and ties his best with 15 homers. He's on pace to hit 21 homers and drive in 87 runs this year. Manager Bruce Bochy will trade the lower average for bigger power numbers from his No. 5 hitter.

"He's a dangerous hitter," Bochy said. "Even though you look at his average, he can beat you with a single or the long ball."

Peavy was cruising until the eighth. He left after pinch-hitter Shane Victorino singled and Jimmy Rollins walked to start the inning.

Linebrink came in and Utley lined his first pitch to right field for an RBI double to cut it to 3-2. Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked, but Rollins scored on Ryan Howard's double-play grounder to second base to tie it at 3. Pat Burrell flied out to end the inning.

Peavy allowed three runs and six hits, striking out nine for his fourth consecutive solid outing. He put the Padres ahead 3-1 with a two-run shot in the fifth inning. Peavy was 3-for-30 this season before ripping Mathieson's first pitch into the left-field seats.

An All-Star last year, Peavy has struggled this season. He entered with an ERA of 4.50 after posting an ERA under 3.00 the previous two seasons.

But Peavy has pitched well since allowing 17 runs in 13 2/3 innings over three starts from May 28 to June 11. He has given up 10 runs in 29 innings over his last four starts.

"I'm not worried if I win the game," said Peavy, who is just 4-8. "The last couple outings, I've felt good."

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Aaron Rowand scored on a passed ball by Piazza. Rowand doubled to right field and went to third base when Burrell was easily thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by second baseman Josh Barfield. But Piazza couldn't handle an inside pitch to David Bell, allowing Rowand to score. Bell followed with a two-out double to left field.

Piazza's RBI single in the fourth inning tied it at 1.

Notes

  • Piazza has more RBI (127) against the Phillies than any other team.
  • Rollins hit into his team-leading 11th double play.
  • Abreu has reached safely in 30 straight games.
  • The Padres hadn't beaten the Phillies since May 22, 2004 in Philadelphia.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

M. Piazza
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4000011 .290
Mike Cameron, CF4110010 .251
Brian Giles, RF4000001 .272
Mike Piazza, C4031000 .282
    Eric Young, PR0100000 .217
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000012 .271
   a- Josh Bard, PH-C0100100 .378
Khalil Greene, SS4223000 .231
Vinny Castilla, 3B4010001 .236
Josh Barfield, 2B4010001 .269
Jake Peavy, P3112021 .125
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   b- Mark Bellhorn, PH-1B1000011 .203
Totals35696168 
a-was walked intentionally for Gonzalez in the 9th
b-struck out for Linebrink in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (13, Mathieson), Mike Piazza (12, Mathieson)
HR - Khalil Greene (11, Gordon), Jake Peavy (1, Mathieson)
RBI - Mike Piazza (35), Khalil Greene 3 (45), Jake Peavy 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jake Peavy 2 (3)
SB - Josh Barfield (10, 2nd base off Gordon/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Cameron 1
DP - Gonzalez-Greene, Barfield-Greene-Gonzalez
PB - Mike Piazza (4)
E - Mike Piazza (3, Wild throw)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy 7633390 4.46
Scott Linebrink (BS,4; W,6-2) 1100100 2.95
Trevor Hoffman (S,21) 1100000 1.13
IBB - Ruiz by Jake Peavy, Abreu by Scott Linebrink
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 118-73, Scott Linebrink 7-3, Trevor Hoffman 19-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 4-6, Scott Linebrink 1-1, Trevor Hoffman 2-1
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 28, Scott Linebrink 4, Trevor Hoffman 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3110101 .260
Chase Utley, 2B4011011 .305
Bobby Abreu, RF3000120 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B4000021 .283
Pat Burrell, LF3000111 .250
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF4120010 .271
David Bell, 3B4020011 .258
Carlos Ruiz, C3000102 .171
Scott Mathieson, P2010012 .250
   a- Shane Victorino, PH-LF2110001 .281
Totals323814910 
a-singled for Mathieson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (20, Linebrink), Aaron Rowand (14, Peavy), David Bell (14, Peavy)
3B - Aaron Rowand (3, Peavy)
RBI - Chase Utley (50)
SB - Chase Utley (9, 3rd base off Peavy/Piazza)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Mathieson 8633051 5.48
Arthur Rhodes (L,0-3) 0.1122100 5.40
Tom Gordon 0.2211011 2.23
IBB - Bard by Arthur Rhodes
WP - Arthur Rhodes (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Mathieson 99-73, Arthur Rhodes 9-5, Tom Gordon 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Mathieson 6-12, Arthur Rhodes 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Mathieson 29, Arthur Rhodes 3, Tom Gordon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40230
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano