--RHP Heath Bell successfully converted his 41st straight save opportunity Tuesday night at Petco Park to tie Trevor Hoffman's franchise record and move into a fourth-place tie on the all-time list with Hoffman and Rod Beck. "It's a huge honor, but to be honest I wasn't even thinking about tying Trevor's record," said Bell. "It's great just to be mentioned in the same sentence with an icon like Trevor Hoffman. He's No. 1 in San Diego. And I'm fine with that."
--RHP Mat Latos avoided one record and set another Tuesday. Latos did not lose, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out five. He departed with a 3-2 lead. Latos had been the losing pitcher in each of his last nine starts, tying Gary Ross and Andy Benes for the dubious franchise record. During the start, Latos hit a home run -- the first ever hit by a Padres pitcher at Petco Park.
--2B Eric Patterson, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the first when Orlando Hudson strained his right hamstring, homered in the third -- the inning in which pitcher Mat Latos also homered. It marked the first time this season that the Padres had two homers in an inning. Patterson went 2-for-2, equaling his hit total for his first 28 at-bats of the season.
--C Rob Johnson broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth with a solo homer, his first as a Padre, then threw out the Pirates' Brandon Wood trying to advance to third in the ninth on a breaking ball that closer Heath Bell bounced in the dirt.
--RHP Luke Gregerson allowed a career-worst-tying three runs in the seventh. He had worked 15 2/3 scoreless innings at Petco Park going into the seventh. The runs were also the first allowed by the Padres bullpen to the Pirates in 24 innings.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 -- Years since a Padres pitcher hit a home run in San Diego. Mat Latos' home run into the second deck in left field in the third was the first ever by a Padres pitcher at Petco Park and the first anywhere by a Padres pitcher since Latos homered last July 8 in Washington. The last Padres pitcher to homer in San Diego was Adam Eaton on April 29, 2003 against the Pirates at Qualcomm Stadium.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I was still out of it when Dr. (Heinz) Hoenecke said it went as well as possible." -- LHP Joe Thatcher, who went into surgery Monday morning not knowing if his shoulder needed a cleaning or a major repair. The less intrusive debridement means Thatcher could be pitching in August.
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