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Padres 3, Pirates 2

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres accomplished something, after all, in the final days of a lost season. They made sure they won't lose 100 games.

Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Chris Young pitched six strong innings to lead the Padres to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The Padres are 63-98 with one game remaining.

Although the Padres tried not to think about it, the prospect of triple-digit losses was in the back of everyone's mind.

"From a pride standpoint, yes, no one wants to lose 100 games," Young said. "It's been a disappointing season on the whole. It's really just a number. We're all disappointed, especially coming off last year."

After four straight winning seasons - including NL West titles in 2005-06 - the Padres found themselves flirting with a 100-loss season for the first time since 2003, when they finished 64-98. Last year, they played 163 games, losing the wild-card tiebreaker at Colorado in 13 innings.

The Padres have lost 100 games five times, most recently in 1993 when they were 61-101. That was the year of their infamous fire sale, when they dealt Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff and other high-salaried players.

"When the season started we didn't think that was a number that we'd think about," manager Bud Black said. "But it's not going to happen."

Facing rookie Jimmy Barthmaier (0-2), who was making his third big league start, the Padres scored three runs with two outs in the first inning.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 34 chances. It was the 13th time Hoffman saved at least 30 games, extending his own big league record. The 40-year-old Hoffman extended his big league career record to 554.

Brian Giles walked and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double to left. Kouzmanoff homered into the Padres' bullpen beyond the center-field fence, his 23rd, to make it 3-0.

Pittsburgh's Adam LaRoche hit an RBI double in the third off Young and Jason Michaels an RBI triple off Heath Bell with two outs in the eighth. Bell retired Steve Pearce to end the inning.

Young (7-6) held the Pirates to one run and five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none. The 6-foot-10 right-hander improved to 4-0 lifetime against Pittsburgh.

Young was limited to 18 starts this season. His nose was broken when he was hit by a line drive by Albert Pujols on May 21 and he was on the disabled list for more than two months. He went on the DL again in August with a strained right forearm.

"Chris has pitched well. I'm happy for him, the way he's bounced back from both setbacks during the season. Obviously the one early in the year was scary on a lot of different levels. Fought through that. Then the forearm strain, which we knew he'd get over that one, then to come in and pitch like he has, it's a great sign for next year for Chris."

Barthmaier allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

"He hung two breaking balls that cost him three runs," manager John Russell said. "It would have been easy to kind of fold the tent right there. But he pitched pretty well after that. It should be a good note going into the offseason."

Said Barthmaier: "I felt like I was pitching to their strengths."

Notes

Gonzalez tied Tony Gwynn and Greg Vaughn for third place on the Padres' single-season list with 119 RBI. ... The Padres honored new Hall of Famers Goose Gossage and Dick Williams before the game. They also threw out ceremonial first pitches, Gossage to ace Jake Peavy and Williams to manager Bud Black. ... Before the game, Gossage recalled the fifth game of the 1984 World Series, when he talked Williams out of walking Kirk Gibson, who then hit a three-run home run. "I should have walked Gibson in the World Series," Gossage said. "I talked him out of walking Gibby, then I pitched to Gibby and before Dick got back to the dugout the ball was in the upper deck." The Tigers won 8-4 to clinch the World Series. Gossage, who was with San Diego from 1984-87, called Williams "the best manager I ever played for." Williams managed the Padres from 1982-85.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Young
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4000012 .278
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4120000 .271
Ryan Doumit, C3100112 .319
Adam LaRoche, 1B4021021 .269
Jason Michaels, LF4011013 .222
Steve Pearce, RF4020011 .250
Andy LaRoche, 3B3000101 .160
Luis Cruz, SS3000001 .219
Jimmy Barthmaier, P2000011 .000
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
   a- Jack Wilson, PH1000012 .272
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .333
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   b- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1000000 .275
Totals3327228  
a-struck out for D. Bautista in the 7th
b-grounded out for J. Chavez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (31, C. Young), Steve Pearce (7, C. Young)
3B - Jason Michaels (1, Bell)
SH - Luis Cruz (2)
RBI - Adam LaRoche (83), Jason Michaels (51)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (29), Jason Michaels (25)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - L. Cruz-F. Sanchez-LaRoche, LaRoche-L. Cruz-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Jimmy Barthmaier (L,0-2) 5433421 10.45
Denny Bautista 1000010 5.22
Sean Burnett 1.2100100 4.79
Jesse Chavez 0.1000000 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Barthmaier 84-44, Denny Bautista 12-10, Sean Burnett 17-7, Jesse Chavez 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Barthmaier 7-6, Sean Burnett 3-0
Batters Faced - Jimmy Barthmaier 23, Denny Bautista 3, Sean Burnett 5, Jesse Chavez 1
San Diego Padres
Will Venable, CF4000013 .274
Luis Rodriguez, SS3010101 .288
Brian Giles, RF3110103 .306
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111002 .279
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4112011 .261
Chase Headley, LF2000110 .266
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B3000001 .274
    Matt Antonelli, 2B0000000 .200
Nick Hundley, C2010100 .237
Chris Young, P1000001 .107
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Chip Ambres, PH0000100 .200
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals2635353  
a-walked for Adams in the 7th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (32, Barthmaier)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (23, Barthmaier)
SH - Chris Young (6)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (119), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (84)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (37), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (33)
SB - Chase Headley (4, 2nd base off Barthmaier/Doumit)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,7-6) 6511050 3.96
Mike Adams (H,10) 1100120 2.48
Heath Bell (H,23) 1111110 3.26
Trevor Hoffman (S,30) 1000000 3.77
WP - Chris Young (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 97-63, Mike Adams 19-11, Heath Bell 23-13, Trevor Hoffman 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-10, Mike Adams 1-0, Trevor Hoffman 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 23, Mike Adams 5, Heath Bell 5, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29825
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - D.J. Reyburn, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Charlie Reliford