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Padres pay tribute to Gwynn, rally past Mariners

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres remembered Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn before Wednesday night's game and then went out and honored him the best way they could.

Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 in their first home game since Gwynn died of cancer Monday.

"It was a little different today," said manager Bud Black, who played with Gwynn for one season at San Diego State. "Even when the game was over. I think everybody handles what has happened with Tony a little bit differently."

Before the game, Mark Martinez, Gwynn's top assistant at San Diego State, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Black.

The Padres players and coaches then gathered around a large No. 19 painted on the grass in right field, which was Gwynn's number and position, and observed a 19-second moment of silence.

"It all sort of hit home and I'm sure that the stadium, not just the 25 players, but all of us here in the stadium, have come across Tony," Black said.

Starters Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner pitched well but didn't get a decision. Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only three singles in seven innings, with no walks. But he allowed the Padres to tie it at 1 on a wild pitch with two outs in the sixth.

Everth Cabrera started the winning rally by beating out an infield single on a chopper against Charlie Furbush (0-4). Cabrera was sacrificed over by Alexi Amarista and scored on Medica's liner to center. James Jones' throw home was late and off line.

It was Medica's second game-winning hit of the season.

Medica had met Gwynn a few times, and had played against San Diego State while at Santa Clara.

The Padres lost their first two games after Gwynn died, at Seattle.

"You could see it on the road, even in Seattle, I mean, there were Tony Gwynn jerseys all over the place," Medica said. "You could see how much he meant to baseball, let alone the San Diego Padres organization. You could see it again tonight, and all the great things he's done for this team and for baseball. I'm sure he was smiling down after that win."

It was the most runs the Padres have scored in four games. They had lost three straight, including two in Seattle.

Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth. Huston Street worked the ninth for his 19th save in as many chances.

Hernandez allowed a leadoff single to Seth Smith in the first and then retired the next 15 batters until Amarista beat out an infield single. Cashner sacrificed Amarista, who took third on Smith's groundout and scored on Hernandez's wild pitch to tie the game at 1.

"It was a changeup and I threw it too hard," Hernandez said. "That was a tough loss for us. I missed a lot of pitches."

Said manager Lloyd McClendon: "It was a tough game for the Seattle Mariners, not just Felix. Those things happen. They had their best guy on the mound and we had our best guy on the mound. It was one of those games where we knew it was going to be close."

Cashner allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked two.

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mike Zunino was hit by a pitch, took third on Dustin Ackley's single and scored on Brad Miller's single.

Notes

The Padres are wearing a patch with No. 19 inside a home plate logo on their jerseys, over the players' hearts. They're wearing a JC star patch to honor Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who died Jan. 5 at 89. ... The Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park starting at 7:19 p.m., symbolic because Gwynn made his Padres debut on July 19, 1982. ... Seattle DH Corey Hart (strained left hamstring) and OF Michael Saunders (right AC joint inflammation) are expected to come off the DL on Friday. ... Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko, who has plantar fasciitis in his left foot, is out of a boot and cast but apparently is a ways away from returning. "It's been better," Gyorko said of the injury. ... The Padres plan to place 1B Yonder Alonso (sore right wrist) on the DL and bring up Jake Goebbert. ... The series concludes Thursday afternoon when Seattle RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 5.27) is scheduled to oppose RHP Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.72).

 
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With heavy hearts, the Padres honor Tony Gwynn before pulling out a come-from-behind victory in San Diego.  (Getty Images)
With heavy hearts, the Padres honor Tony Gwynn before pulling out a come-from-behind victory in San Diego. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Cashner
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 2
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 10
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, RF4010002 .222
James Jones, CF4000011 .284
Robinson Cano, 2B3010100 .327
Kyle Seager, 3B4000012 .257
Logan Morrison, 1B4010010 .156
Mike Zunino, C3110011 .219
Dustin Ackley, LF4010002 .232
Brad Miller, SS3021110 .187
Felix Hernandez, P2000004 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   a-John Buck, PH1000000 .258
Totals3217125  
a-flied out for Medina in the 9th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (2, Cashner)
SH - Felix Hernandez (1)
RBI - Brad Miller (18)
CS - Endy Chavez (1, 2nd base by Cashner/Rivera)
Team LOB - 8
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 73110100 2.22
Charlie Furbush (L,0-4) 0.2211000 4.15
Yoervis Medina 0.1100000 2.73
WP - Felix Hernandez (10)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 97-63, Charlie Furbush 19-13, Yoervis Medina 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 9-2, Charlie Furbush 1-1, Yoervis Medina 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 24, Charlie Furbush 4, Yoervis Medina 2
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Seth Smith, RF-LF4010012 .286
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF4010011 .249
Carlos Quentin, LF4000013 .192
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Chase Headley, 3B3010021 .204
Yasmani Grandal, 1B3000021 .195
Rene Rivera, C3000021 .219
Everth Cabrera, SS3110000 .225
Alexi Amarista, 2B2110000 .200
Andrew Cashner, P1000010 .105
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   a-Tommy Medica, PH1011000 .250
   Cameron Maybin, CF0000000 .269
Totals28261010  
a-singled for Benoit in the 8th
Batting
SH - Alexi Amarista (2), Andrew Cashner (6)
RBI - Tommy Medica (8)
SB - Chase Headley (2, 2nd base off Hernandez/Zunino)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Chris Denorfia (1, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Rene Rivera (5)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner 7711220 2.36
Joaquin Benoit (W,3-0) 1000020 1.47
Huston Street (S,19) 1000010 1.00
IBB - Miller by Andrew Cashner
HBP - Zunino (by Andrew Cashner)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 92-61, Joaquin Benoit 13-10, Huston Street 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 9-9, Joaquin Benoit 1-0, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 30, Joaquin Benoit 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27523
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor