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Hairston hits walk-off home run for dramatic Padres comeback

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Scott Hairston is making the most of his home runs for the San Diego Padres.

Hairston hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, lfiting the Padres over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3. The win increased San Diego's lead in the NL wild-card race to 2½ games over Philadelphia, which lost 2-1 in 10 innings at St. Louis.

Hairston, acquired in a trade with Arizona on July 27, also hit a game-winning, solo homer to give San Diego a 4-3 win in 10 innings on Aug. 3 against San Francisco. He entered that game as a defensive replacement and hit a three-run homer in the eighth to tie the game.

"He's made a couple of big swings since he's been here," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Hairston's homer gave San Diego its sixth straight win and allowed the Padres to stay one game off the NL West lead behind Arizona.

Hairston hit an 0-1 slider from Matt Capps (4-7) over the left-field wall. He had been just 5-for-30 (.167) with two outs and runners in scoring position this season.

"I thought I hit it really good," Hairston said. "I know I don't have that much power. In this ballpark, you never know unless you hit it really well. I've seen so many balls in this park come up short."

The timely hit rescued the Padres, who had been held in check after scoring a pair of first-inning runs. San Diego had just three singles from the second through the eighth innings.

"There is no quit in this team," said Adrian Gonzalez, who got the Padres' ninth-inning rally started with a double. "We've won a number of games like this and we believe in each other."

Gonzalez's double off the left-field wall nearly cleared the fence with one out. Kevin Kouzmanoff followed with a two-out walk before Hairston with his eighth home run, and was met by a wild celebration at home plate.

"It just wasn't the right pitch," Capps said. "I went against every instinct I had and got beat by something that wasn't my best pitch. That's the hard part."

Cla Meredith (5-6) pitched a perfect ninth inning for the win.

"We did everything we could do," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "Unfortunately, (Capps) was just an out away from a fabulous save."

Pittsburgh lost its fifth straight game.

"I wanted to see a pitch because I know he had good stuff," Hairston said. "But you really can't get too aggressive in that situation."

All-Star Chris Young started for the Padres and was in danger of losing his fifth straight decision. He gave up three runs and five hits over six innings.

The right-hander was 9-3 and led the majors with a 1.82 ERA when he left a start on July 24 after two innings with an injured side. He went on the 15-day disabled list and since coming back on Aug. 9, Young has gone winless in eight starts with a 5.61 ERA in those games.

Ian Snell limited San Diego to one earned run and four hits in seven innings and said he left with a sore arm. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but faced only one batter over the minimum in the next six innings.

Nate McLouth put Pittsburgh ahead 1-0 in the first inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Nyjer Morgan, who led off with a triple.

San Diego scored twice in the first to erase the Pirates' 1-0 lead. Brian Giles led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. After Mike Cameron walked and stole second, Gonzalez blooped a two-run single.

Pittsburgh went ahead 3-2 in the third after Snell reached on a fielder's choice. Morgan was hit by a pitch, McLouth doubled in a run and Freddy Sanchez hit a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Young's last win was a 1-0 decision over Philadelphia on July 19.
  • Pirates SS Jack Wilson was not in the starting lineup after leaving Tuesday night's game with tightness in his right hamstring. Cesar Izturis replaced Wilson.
 
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The Padres celebrate with Scott Hairston, who hits the game-winning homer to complete the comeback.  (AP)
The Padres celebrate with Scott Hairston, who hits the game-winning homer to complete the comeback. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

S. Hairston
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

I. Snell
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, CF3220010 .242
Nate McLouth, LF2012110 .254
Freddy Sanchez, 2B3001012 .308
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000112 .273
Xavier Nady, RF4000012 .286
Jose Bautista, 3B4010020 .258
Ronny Paulino, C4000011 .263
Cesar Izturis, SS3010000 .253
Ian Snell, P3100001 .091
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .273
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Totals2935328  
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (21, C. Young)
3B - Nyjer Morgan (2, C. Young)
SF - Nate McLouth (2), Freddy Sanchez (9)
RBI - Nate McLouth 2 (34), Freddy Sanchez (79)
SB - Nyjer Morgan 2 (4, 2nd base off C. Young/Bard, 3rd base off C. Young/Bard), Nate McLouth (20, 2nd base off C. Young/Bard)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nyjer Morgan 1
DP - LaRoche-Izturis-F. Sanchez
PB - Ronny Paulino (7)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 7421250 3.83
Shawn Chacon (H,12) 0.1100000 3.94
Damaso Marte (H,15) 0.1000000 2.22
Matt Capps (BS,3; L,4-7) 1233111 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 92-56, Shawn Chacon 2-2, Damaso Marte 1-1, Matt Capps 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 8-6, Shawn Chacon 1-0, Damaso Marte 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 25, Shawn Chacon 2, Damaso Marte 1, Matt Capps 6
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4110002 .278
Geoff Blum, 2B3000011 .249
   a- Morgan Ensberg, PH0000000 .235
   b- Terrmel Sledge, PH1000011 .205
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Mike Cameron, CF3100110 .246
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4022000 .279
    Brady Clark, PR0100000 .240
Khalil Greene, SS4000032 .256
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3100101 .267
Scott Hairston, LF4123000 .250
Josh Bard, C2020100 .275
    Craig Stansberry, PR0000000 .333
    Michael Barrett, C0000000 .243
Chris Young, P2000002 .116
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   c- Oscar Robles, PH-2B0000000 .238
Totals3057536  
a-announced for Blum in the 8th
b-struck out for Ensberg in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Thatcher in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Giles (22, Snell), Adrian Gonzalez (41, Capps)
HR - Scott Hairston (8, Capps)
SH - Oscar Robles (5)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (90), Scott Hairston 3 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hairston 3 (13)
SB - Mike Cameron (18, 2nd base off Snell/Paulino)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Blum-Greene-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Chris Young 6533250 2.83
Joe Thatcher 2000020 0.64
Cla Meredith (W,5-6) 1000010 3.47
HBP - Morgan (by Chris Young)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 96-67, Joe Thatcher 22-17, Cla Meredith 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 6-6, Joe Thatcher 3-1, Cla Meredith 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 25, Joe Thatcher 6, Cla Meredith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26354
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings