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Padres' Latos wins pitching duel against Giants' Sanchez

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SAN DIEGO -- One hit was enough for the San Diego Padres.

Chase Headley had San Diego's only hit, a fourth-inning single off Jonathan Sanchez that led to the game's only run, and the Padres beat San Francisco 1-0 on Tuesday night behind outstanding efforts from starter Mat Latos and relievers Mike Adams and Heath Bell.

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San Diego pulled even with the Giants atop the NL West, the first time the Padres have been in first place since April 18, 2009. They won their fifth game in a row while the Giants lost their third consecutive one-run game.

"Yeah, the Pads are exciting. We can do it with one hit," Bell said. "Imagine what we can do with 10 hits."

It was the second time in franchise history the Padres won while getting only one hit. The other time was against the Chicago Cubs on July 19, 1975.

"Hey, we'll take it," Latos said. "A win's a win. That's all you need. We get a guy over and we score a run. It's 1-0, we pitch a shutout and have a chance to win."

It was the first time San Francisco lost while holding an opponent to one hit.

"Not a typical win, but it's just as valuable as scoring 17," Headley said, referring to San Diego's home-opening, 17-2 victory against Atlanta on April 12.

"I haven't been in a game like this -- one hit and you come away with a loss," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "To have that many opportunities, it's tough to do.

"They are very upset," Bochy said of his players. "There's no way we should have lost tonight's game."

Latos (1-1) and Sanchez (1-1) both went seven innings and retired their final 12 batters. Sanchez, who no-hit the Padres on July 10 in San Francisco, struck out 10 while allowing one run. He gave up only Headley's single and walked three.

Sanchez said his stuff was "kind of the same" as when he no-hit the Padres.

"I'm throwing any pitch in any count," he said. "Before it used to be fastball 90 percent of the game. Now, it's more balanced.

"You are going to have these days when you are going to lose 1-0," Sanchez said.

Adams and Bell got themselves into jams and then deftly got themselves out of them.

Adams relieved Latos to open the eighth and allowed Nate Schierholtz's triple to left-center on his second pitch. But Adams retired Eli Whiteside on a grounder to third, got pinch-hitter Bengie Molina to pop up and struck out Eugenio Velez.

Adams let out a yell after the third out.

"The stress level picked up and everything kind of got tight in a hurry," Adams said. "But with that last strike, that was probably the most excited I've ever been on the mound. When the third out was made, that was fun."

As for winning with one hit, he said: "Sometimes you've got to do it."

"That was probably as difficult a position as you can get in," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Man on third, no outs after you just gave up a ball in the gap, but he made pitches."

Bell pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances. Pablo Sandoval walked and went to third on Aubrey Huff's single to center with one out before being stranded on Juan Uribe's fly to right and John Bowker's strikeout to end the game.

Latos had lost five decisions in a row dating to Aug. 14. He got off to a shaky start, walking Velez on four consecutive pitches, then throwing two more balls to Edgar Renteria. Latos got Renteria to hit into a double play to help get out of that inning, pitched a 1-2-3 third, then allowed Whiteside's ground-rule double leading off the third. Latos fielded Sanchez's bunt and threw out Whiteside at third.

With a runner on third, Padres second baseman David Eckstein made a diving catch of Bowker's line drive to end the fourth.

Headley stole a career-high three bases for San Diego, giving him five in two nights.

He singled leading off the fourth, stole second, advanced on Kyle Blanks' foul pop that Huff caught as he went tumbling into the first-base photo well, and scored on Scott Hairston's sacrifice fly to right.

Sanchez had an interesting second -- a walk, strikeout, walk, strikeout, then an intentional walk to Everth Cabrera to bring up Latos, who struck out.

"The kid pitched his heart out," Bochy said. "To do that is quite an effort by him. It's a tough loss to take."

It was the second successive impressive start for Sanchez. He held Pittsburgh to three hits in eight shutout innings while striking out 11 in a 6-0 victory last Wednesday.

Notes
  • It was NFL QB night at the ballyard: Philip Rivers of the Chargers sat in the second row behind home plate with two of his daughters, and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers sat in a nearby section. Rodgers lives in nearby Del Mar in the offseason.
  • The last Padres player to steal three bases in a game was Dave Roberts on May 8, 2006, against the Chicago Cubs.
 
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Youngster Mat Latos pitches seven strong innings and lowers his ERA to 3.57. (US Presswire)
Youngster Mat Latos pitches seven strong innings and lowers his ERA to 3.57. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

M. Latos
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
San Francisco

J. Sanchez
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 3
K 10
 

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San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, CF3010111 .286
Edgar Renteria, SS4000002 .296
Pablo Sandoval, 3B3020100 .321
    Andres Torres, PR0000000 .111
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010001 .288
Juan Uribe, 2B4000003 .320
John Bowker, LF4000013 .176
Nate Schierholtz, RF3010000 .350
Eli Whiteside, C3010011 .286
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000010 .200
   a- Bengie Molina, PH1000001 .351
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals3106024  
a-popped out for Sanchez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eli Whiteside (2, Latos)
3B - Nate Schierholtz (1, Adams)
Team LOB - 6
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,1-1) 71113100 1.86
Sergio Romo 1000010 1.35
IBB - Cabrera by Jonathan Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 105-64, Sergio Romo 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 1-10
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 25, Sergio Romo 3
San Diego Padres
Jerry Hairston Jr., RF4000010 .205
David Eckstein, 2B3000000 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000020 .298
Chase Headley, 3B2110110 .358
Kyle Blanks, LF3000022 .217
Scott Hairston, CF1001100 .207
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000020 .222
Everth Cabrera, SS2000100 .226
Mat Latos, P2000023 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000010 .143
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals24111311  
a-struck out for Adams in the 8th
Batting
SF - Scott Hairston (1)
RBI - Scott Hairston (6)
SB - Chase Headley 3 (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside, 3rd base off Sanchez/Whiteside, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Scott Hairston (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Gonzalez, Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Mat Latos (W,1-1) 7400120 3.57
Mike Adams (H,3) 1100010 4.50
Heath Bell (S,4) 1100110 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 93-60, Mike Adams 12-8, Heath Bell 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 12-5, Mike Adams 1-1
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 24, Mike Adams 4, Heath Bell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17822
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Gerry Davis