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Pirates snap nine-game losing skid against Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Manager Clint Hurdle had simple instructions for his Pittsburgh Pirates heading into the opener of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at spacious Petco Park.

"Look for the grass," Hurdle said.

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The Pirates did better than that. Garrett Jones and Chris Snyder each hit a two-run homer in the first inning to back James McDonald, and the Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Monday night.

"We hit two out and we didn't see a whole lot of grass," Hurdle said, referring to the Pirates winning with only six hits. "I think we shot more balls into the dugout than we did out in the field for hits. We played a complete game. We had two hits after the first inning and our pitching held up."

The Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak to San Diego dating to 2009. They've won four of six overall, including back-to-back games for the first time since April 17-18.

The Padres, coming off back-to-back victories at Dodger Stadium, still haven't won three straight this season. San Diego had the potential tying run on third base with two outs in the ninth before Will Venable hit into a force play.

The Padres wore their camouflage jerseys to honor the military a day after President Barack Obama announced that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The Padres normally wear the jerseys for Sunday home games. They gave two free tickets to any active or retired military personnel who showed proper ID.

McDonald (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his ninth save in nine chances.

The Pirates hit Aaron Harang (4-2) hard in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead, and the pitcher hurt himself with an error.

Xavier Paul singled with one out and Jones followed with a shot into the seats down the right-field line, his sixth. Neil Walker singled and advanced to third on Harang's errant pickoff throw to first with two outs. Snyder followed with a shot into the left-field seats, his first.

"I think that whole first inning was big," Snyder said. "It definitely gave us some comfort, gave J-Mac some comfort. He went out, did his part, got his six innings in, handed it over to the bullpen and we tried to make it a little interesting, but a win's a win."

Six of San Diego's 17 errors this season have been by starting pitchers.

McDonald allowed Jorge Cantu's two-run homer into the balcony on the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner with two outs in the sixth, his second. Jason Bartlett was aboard on a one-out single.

San Diego pulled to 4-3 with two outs in the eighth when Ryan Ludwick's single brought in Venable, who reached on an infield single and stole second. Ludwick went to second on a wild pitch and Cantu walked, but Cameron Maybin hit into a force play to end the threat.

Jones, the right fielder, made a big play when he threw out San Diego's Brad Hawpe trying to score on pinch-hitter Eric Patterson's fly to right to end the fifth.

"That was a big play, no doubt about it," Hurdle said. "If we don't get that out right there, we could still be playing baseball and the game would have looked a lot different from that inning on."

The Pirates loaded the bases with three straight walks with one out in the ninth before Luke Gregerson struck out pinch-hitter Steve Pearce and got Andrew McCutchen to hit into a force.

Harang went five innings, allowing four runs and five hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Harang said he thought the home run pitch to Jones was a good pitch, but that he missed on the pitch to Snyder.

"I felt I was making good pitches after the first inning," Harang said. "I settled in, was executing. The sinker was working, keeping them off balance. But the first inning, I felt like the one bad pitch that I didn't execute there, there'd probably be a different outcome of the game."

Notes

  • Padres reliever Joe Thatcher had exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his strained left shoulder. The lefty is expected to begin a throwing program in six weeks. He began the season on the disabled list. Manager Bud Black said Thatcher could pitch this season if his rehab goes well.
  • Triple-A shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was with the Padres the past two seasons, broke the hamate bone in his right hand and will be out for six weeks.
 
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The Padres' Ryan Ludwick can only watch as a ball hit by Chris Snyder goes over the left field wall.  (US Presswire)
The Padres' Ryan Ludwick can only watch as a ball hit by Chris Snyder goes over the left field wall. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

J. Cantu
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andrew McCutchen, CF4000114 .217
Xavier Paul, LF4120011 .333
Garrett Jones, RF3112100 .280
Neil Walker, 2B4110002 .286
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000101 .225
Chris Snyder, C3112110 .317
Pedro Alvarez, 3B3000110 .206
Ronny Cedeno, SS3010110 .205
James McDonald, P2000010 .100
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .200
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   b- Steve Pearce, PH1000013 .280
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
Totals3146467  
a-flied out for McDonald in the 7th
b-struck out for Resop in the 9th
Batting
HR - Garrett Jones (6, Harang), Chris Snyder (1, Harang)
RBI - Garrett Jones 2 (12), Chris Snyder 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Snyder 2 (5)
SB - Andrew McCutchen (5, 2nd base off Harang/Hundley), Xavier Paul (2, 2nd base off Harang/Hundley)
CS - Lyle Overbay (1, 2nd base by Frieri/Hundley), Ronny Cedeno (3, 2nd base by Luebke/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garrett Jones 1
DP - G. Jones-Snyder
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James McDonald (W,2-2) 6522151 6.75
Jose Veras (H,5) 1000020 2.92
Chris Resop (H,4) 1211110 1.76
Joel Hanrahan (S,9) 1200010 1.69
WP - Chris Resop (3)
Pitches-Strikes - James McDonald 89-57, Jose Veras 14-9, Chris Resop 30-19, Joel Hanrahan 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James McDonald 4-8, Chris Resop 2-0, Joel Hanrahan 2-0
Batters Faced - James McDonald 23, Jose Veras 3, Chris Resop 6, Joel Hanrahan 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF5110012 .195
Jason Bartlett, SS4110011 .223
Ryan Ludwick, LF4021011 .210
Jorge Cantu, 3B3112111 .194
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Cameron Maybin, CF3000112 .245
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010022 .237
Brad Hawpe, 1B4010011 .173
Nick Hundley, C4010001 .272
    Chris Denorfia, PR0000000 .282
Aaron Harang, P1000010 .100
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000001 .071
    Cory Luebke, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Headley, PH-3B2010000 .236
Totals3539329  
a-flied out for Harang in the 5th
b-grounded out for Luebke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (4, McDonald)
HR - Jorge Cantu (2, McDonald)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick (13), Jorge Cantu 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick (3), Jorge Cantu 2 (6)
SB - Will Venable (9, 2nd base off Resop/Snyder), Orlando Hudson (10, 2nd base off McDonald/Snyder)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Aaron Harang (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (L,4-2) 5544242 4.37
Cory Luebke 3100020 4.24
Ernesto Frieri 0.1000300 1.69
Luke Gregerson 0.2000110 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 98-60, Cory Luebke 38-29, Ernesto Frieri 21-9, Luke Gregerson 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-4, Cory Luebke 1-5, Luke Gregerson 1-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 22, Cory Luebke 9, Ernesto Frieri 3, Luke Gregerson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20546
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mike Everitt