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Giles comes through in clutch for Padres in 11th to beat Pirates

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SAN DIEGO -- Brian Giles has been around too long to let a season-opening slump get him down.

Giles singled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday night to end a three-game skid.

The Padres were coming off a 4-4 trip to New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, during which Giles went 6-for-37. He was hitting .159 overall entering Friday night's game.

"That was really great to see," manager Bud Black said of Giles' winning hit. "I think we all know Brian and what he means to our team. For me, it's just a matter of time before you see a lot of those hits like you saw tonight."

Chris Burke started the winning rally by drawing a one-out walk off Matt Capps (0-1) and stole second with two outs before David Eckstein walked. That brought up Giles, who singled to right field to bring in Burke.

On the road trip, Giles hit three long flyballs that would have been homers had they been fair, then made outs.

"That's just part of the grind of the game and how mental it is," he said. "Fortunately I've been through it and I know I can still play at this level and be productive. I think it's fun to come here and get ready to play a game every day with the type of guys we have. When we take the field, everybody believes we're going to win that day."

Giles, the No. 3 hitter, said the most frustrating thing is that teams are geared up to not let cleanup hitter Adrian Gonzalez beat them. Gonzalez did hit a solo homer for San Diego's first run.

"I've had pitches, I just haven't put consistent swings on them," Giles said.

Capps said he threw a fastball where he wanted.

"I think if I do it 100 more times, I'm going to be successful 99 of them," he said. "It's hard to throw him something else when he's not hitting my fastball."

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Pirates, who had won five of their previous six.

Edwin Moreno (1-2) allowed one hit in two innings for his first big league win.

Kevin Correia was trying for his first win with his hometown Padres but couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in the sixth. He walked Adam LaRoche leading off the inning and Eric Hinske reached on a double when Giles couldn't hang onto his flyball after leaping against the right-field wall. Cla Meredith came on and allowed Brandon Moss' RBI groundout and Andy LaRoche's RBI single to center.

Jason Jaramillo singled and stole second before Nyjer Morgan was intentionally walked to load the bases for Jack Wilson, who was hitless in his previous three at-bats. Wilson struck out to end the threat, tossing his bat and helmet in disgust.

Correia allowed three runs and three hits.

Pirates starter Ian Snell gave himself a 1-0 lead when he hit an RBI single to center with two outs in the second.

It didn't last long, though, as Gonzalez homered to center on Snell's first pitch in the bottom half for his sixth of the season.

San Diego added on with four more extra-base hits in the next two innings. Luis Rodriguez doubled leading off the third and scored on Eckstein's triple into the left-field corner. Chase Headley opened the fourth with a double into the right-field corner and scored on Nick Hundley's double to left-center.

Snell allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He had two hits and made a nifty catch of Jody Gerut's line drive to end the fourth with the bases loaded.

Notes

  • Pirates CF Nate McLouth was scratched with an injured right oblique.
  • Gonzalez, San Diego's only All-Star last year, took Moss' liner off the heel of his glove in the 10th. Trainers tended to him for a few minutes, and Black said he should be fine.
  • San Diego OF Cliff Floyd, who's been on the disabled list since opening day with a strained right shoulder, had an MRI and a shot on Thursday. The team said it will monitor Floyd for a week.
  • San Diego RHP Cha Seung Baek, on the DL since just before the season started, threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session and appears close to starting a rehab assignment.
 
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Slump? What slump? Brian Giles gets the big bases-loaded hit to win it for the Padres.  (AP)
Slump? What slump? Brian Giles gets the big bases-loaded hit to win it for the Padres. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Pittsburgh

J. Jaramillo
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nyjer Morgan, CF4010103 .319
Jack Wilson, SS5000015 .255
Freddy Sanchez, 2B5000021 .333
Adam LaRoche, 1B3100210 .288
Eric Hinske, RF4110011 .250
Brandon Moss, LF5111001 .222
Andy LaRoche, 3B4011101 .227
Jason Jaramillo, C4020110 .333
Ian Snell, P2021000 .250
   a- Delwyn Young, PH1000012 .250
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
   b- Ramon Vazquez, PH1000001 .130
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Monroe, PH1000010 .222
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
Totals3938358  
a-struck out for Snell in the 6th
b-flied out for Grabow in the 8th
c-struck out for Burnett in the 11th
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (4, Correia), Jason Jaramillo (2, Gregerson)
SH - Nyjer Morgan (1)
RBI - Brandon Moss (1), Andy LaRoche (5), Ian Snell (1)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Snell (1)
SB - Jason Jaramillo (1, 2nd base off Meredith/Hundley)
PK - Nyjer Morgan (1, Bell)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Jack Wilson (3, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Ian Snell 5633531 4.50
Jesse Chavez 1.1000010 1.13
John Grabow 0.2100000 0.00
Tyler Yates 1000000 6.00
Sean Burnett 2000120 3.86
Matt Capps (L,0-1) 0.2111200 1.42
IBB - Rodriguez by Ian Snell
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 92-54, Jesse Chavez 14-10, John Grabow 8-5, Tyler Yates 6-4, Sean Burnett 36-20, Matt Capps 25-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 3-8, Jesse Chavez 1-2, John Grabow 1-1, Tyler Yates 2-1, Sean Burnett 3-2
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 25, Jesse Chavez 4, John Grabow 3, Tyler Yates 3, Sean Burnett 8, Matt Capps 5
San Diego Padres
Jody Gerut, CF6000005 .273
David Eckstein, 2B5011100 .310
Brian Giles, RF4011201 .164
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5121012 .310
Chase Headley, LF4110101 .274
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000123 .274
Nick Hundley, C4011115 .275
Luis Rodriguez, SS4110100 .243
Kevin Correia, P1010000 .333
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000010 .111
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Hairston, PH1000010 .424
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Burke, PH0100100 .000
Totals3948486  
a-struck out for Meredith in the 6th
b-struck out for Bell in the 9th
c-walked for Moreno in the 11th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (4, Snell), Nick Hundley (2, Snell), Luis Rodriguez (2, Snell)
3B - David Eckstein (1, Snell)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (6, Snell)
SH - Kevin Correia (3)
RBI - David Eckstein (6), Brian Giles (10), Adrian Gonzalez (12), Nick Hundley (6)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (4), Brian Giles (4), Nick Hundley (2)
SB - Brian Giles (1, 2nd base off Snell/Jaramillo), Chris Burke (1, 2nd base off Capps/Jaramillo)
CS - Nick Hundley (1, 2nd base by Snell/Jaramillo)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
PB - Nick Hundley (2)
San Diego Padres
Kevin Correia 5333430 4.50
Cla Meredith (BS,1) 1200120 0.00
Edward Mujica 1000020 5.40
Luke Gregerson 1100000 2.45
Heath Bell 1100000 0.00
Edwin Moreno (W,1-2) 2100010 2.79
IBB - Morgan by Cla Meredith
HBP - Hinske (by Kevin Correia)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 95-51, Cla Meredith 25-14, Edward Mujica 15-10, Luke Gregerson 14-10, Heath Bell 11-9, Edwin Moreno 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 8-4, Cla Meredith 1-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, Luke Gregerson 1-2, Edwin Moreno 2-3
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 23, Cla Meredith 6, Edward Mujica 3, Luke Gregerson 4, Heath Bell 3, Edwin Moreno 7
Game Information
Attendance - 25601
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Charlie Reliford, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook