San Diego at Pittsburgh

San Diego
W: C. Morton (4-8) L: T. Stauffer (4-7)
HR: SD - None   PIT - None

Pirates 5, Padres 1 wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Charlie Morton helped the Pittsburgh Pirates get an all-too-rare win in the closing days of another lost season.

Morton allowed one run in seven innings, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates win for only the third time in their past 20 games, 5-1 over the San Diego Padres Friday.

Morton (4-8) had lost six of his past seven decisions and had a 7.13 ERA since the beginning of August but shook off a rough first inning Friday to allow only six hits and a walk.

"I think he's gaining confidence a little bit, starting to feel a little more comfortable in what he's doing," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He's young and we've got to continue to build off this. He has made very good strides. If we can get him a little more consistent game in and game out and maintain that, he's going to be good. He has great stuff -- if we can get him in the zone like he was tonight."

Lastings Milledge went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Garrett Jones was on base three times for last-place Pittsburgh (56-89), which entered the game on a three-game losing streak and having lost eight of nine.

Earlier this season, the Pirates assured themselves of a 17th straight losing season.

Jesse Chavez and Matt Capps each pitched a scoreless inning to wrap up the Pirates' first victory by more than one run since a 6-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies Aug. 25.

Everth Cabrera went 3 for 4 and scored a run for the Padres, who have lost three of four after a stretch in which they went 9-3.

"We just couldn't get hits tonight when we had opportunities with guys on base, and their guy got better as the game went on," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "We just couldn't get anything going."

Morton, acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the Nate McLouth trade June 3, did not allow a hit with a runner on base during the game. He has allowed three runs or less in five of his past seven outings.

"I found my curveball was working, even early in counts, and to be able to get ahead with the curveball is huge for me," Morton said. "I haven't been able to do it all year consistently, and it's good when you have two pitches you can go to early in counts. Tonight I was more fastball-curveball, which is how I like to be and then have that changeup in my pocket."

After the Padres took a 1-0 lead against Morton in the top of the first on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly, Pittsburgh scored three times in the bottom of the inning on only two hits.

Tim Stauffer (4-7) allowed triples by Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Moss along with four walks. Moss drove in two runs with his hit, and Milledge added a sacrifice line-out to right-center.

"I really didn't have anything out there today," Stauffer said. "I tried to make some pitches and wasn't able to make the big pitch when I needed to. I fell behind, and I just wasn't real consistent with anything tonight."

Neither team scored again until the seventh, when Ryan Doumit's single drove in McCutchen. McCutchen added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to make it 5-1.

The Padres won each of Stauffer's previous four outings. After allowing only one run in six-plus innings during each of the past three games, Stauffer gave up three runs on four hits and four walks in three innings.


The Pirates hit two triples for an inning for only the second time this season and did so during the first inning for the first time since Aug. 11, 2005 at Colorado. ... Stauffer threw 40 pitches in the first inning. ... Pittsburgh 2B Delwyn Young missed his second consecutive game due to lower back spasms and 3B Andy LaRoche was a late scratch because of illness. ... The game was the beginning of the final homestand of the season for the Pirates and the final roadtrip of the season for the Padres.

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Players of the Game

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0

C. Morton
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 4

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4130000 .269
David Eckstein, 2B2000013 .263
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3001001 .276
Chase Headley, 3B3010111 .261
Will Venable, RF3000101 .267
Drew Macias, LF4000002 .203
Nick Hundley, C4020020 .230
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000101 .261
Tim Stauffer, P1000012 .150
   a- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1000001 .177
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000000 .210
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Luis Perdomo, P0000000 .000
   c- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .310
a-popped out for Stauffer in the 4th
b-grounded out for Ramos in the 7th
c-grounded out for Perdomo in the 9th
2B - Everth Cabrera (16, Morton), Nick Hundley 2 (12, Morton, Morton)
SF - Adrian Gonzalez (3)
SH - David Eckstein (12)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (89)
SB - Everth Cabrera (24, 2nd base off Morton/Doumit)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer (L,4-7) 3433400 3.56
Greg Burke 1000020 4.15
Cesar Ramos 2100010 0.00
Ryan Webb 1211100 3.86
Luis Perdomo 1011110 4.60
IBB - G. Jones by Ryan Webb
WP - Ryan Webb (1), Luis Perdomo (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 77-42, Greg Burke 10-8, Cesar Ramos 23-15, Ryan Webb 20-12, Luis Perdomo 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 2-7, Greg Burke 1-0, Cesar Ramos 3-2, Ryan Webb 3-0, Luis Perdomo 2-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 17, Greg Burke 3, Cesar Ramos 7, Ryan Webb 6, Luis Perdomo 5
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4221010 .274
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000012 .211
Garrett Jones, 1B2110200 .298
Ryan Doumit, C3111101 .241
Lastings Milledge, LF3021000 .277
Brandon Moss, RF4012004 .241
Neil Walker, 3B2100211 .176
Ramon Vazquez, 2B3000101 .238
Charlie Morton, P3000013 .154
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Pearce, PH1000002 .214
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for J. Chavez in the 8th
2B - Garrett Jones (18, Stauffer)
3B - Andrew McCutchen (7, Stauffer), Brandon Moss (4, Stauffer)
SF - Andrew McCutchen (4), Lastings Milledge (2)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (12)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (48), Ryan Doumit (32), Lastings Milledge (16), Brandon Moss 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (13)
SB - Lastings Milledge (5, 2nd base off Ramos/Hundley), Neil Walker (1, 2nd base off Perdomo/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
DP - G. Jones-Cedeno-Morton
Pittsburgh Pirates
Charlie Morton (W,4-8) 7611140 5.00
Jesse Chavez (H,13) 1000200 3.94
Matt Capps 1000010 5.90
HBP - Eckstein (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 107-65, Jesse Chavez 24-12, Matt Capps 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 9-7, Jesse Chavez 1-2, Matt Capps 1-1
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 28, Jesse Chavez 5, Matt Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26178
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel