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Padres on losing end of comeback
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 6      5   Final
09/12/2002 03:01 am ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Padres 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 7 0
 D-Backs 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 6 8 1
Padres on losing end of comeback
Starter Eaton has his ups and downs
By Sandy Burgin / MLB.com

PHOENIX -- Adam Eaton stood to be the winning pitcher Wednesday night despite giving up four runs on five hits and walking six batters in five innings.

The San Diego Padres had pushed across five runs in the top of the sixth off D-Backs starter Miguel Batista, not only taking Eaton off the hook for the loss, but putting him in line for a victory.

The Friars took their 5-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth, when their desert misfortunes continued.

Former Padre Steve Finley, who drove in a pair of runs off Eaton in the first inning, hit his 23rd home run of the season -- his 1,999th career hit -- off of Kevin Walker leading off the eighth tying the game at 5.

Quinton McCracken ripped a triple to left-center knocking out Walker, who had pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Brandon Villafuerte struck out pinch-hitter David Dellucci, but Lyle Overbay notched his first Major League RBI when he singled to center scoring McCracken with the go-ahead run making it 6-5.

Mike Myers came on to relieve Mike Fetters, who had walked pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs leading off the Padres ninth. Myers then got Brian Buchanan to hit into a 6-4-3 double play and struck out Mark Kotsay to end the game and pick up his fourth save of the season.

The victory went to reliever Mike Kopolove (5-1) while Walker (0-1) took the loss.

The Padres, who were swept in this three-game series at Bank One Ballpark, are now 5-27 in their last 32 games here and 8-30 all-time in the desert.

"That was a tough one," said Padres manager Bruce Bochy. "We certainly haven't done well here. You look back at so many little things tonight, the ball that Burroughs hit [before he walked] was just foul. A couple plays at first didn't go our way ... .

"The ball has to bounce your way sometime," Bochy said. "We didn't play very well in this series, but today we did score some runs. [We] couldn't hold on."

Still Bochy was encouraged by Eaton, who was making his third start since returning to the Major Leagues following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Aug. 21, 2001.

"[Eaton] is not where he will be," said Bochy. "He's still not as sharp as he's going to be. I thought he threw better tonight. And each time out he's been better. His velocity is fine and the important thing is his arm feels good."

"Those two quick runs in the first inning off some decent pitches were tough," Eaton said. "But once I settled down I thought I got into a pretty good rhythm and those two late runs in the fifth were my undoing."

The D-Backs scored two runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Junior Spivey that scored Mark Grace, who had singled, and an RBI single by McCracken.

Batista, who had no-hit the Padres through four, took a 4-0 lead into the sixth. The Padres then erupted for five runs with the help of singles by Kotsay, Phil Nevin and Ron Gant, a two-run double by Ryan Klesko and an infield error by McCracken that allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score.

"I was disappointed to be out of the game," Eaton said. "I knew after I came off the field [after the fifth] that I was done. But for those guys to score five runs it was kind of nice to at least give me a shot at the win.

"Pitching-wise I'm not near perfect ... right now maybe I'm in Spring Training physically, but the pitches are coming around. The curve ball was good today. [I] threw some good cutters, some good changeups, but I just have to get better locations with the fastballs in certain counts and get those guys to roll over some pitches."

Sandy Burgin covers the Padres for MLB.com and can be reached at Sandyburgin@hotmail.com . This story was not subject to the approval of MLB or its clubs.


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BOX SCORE
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, San Diego Padres 5
San Diego Padres
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Vazquez2B 3100110.282
c-BuchananPH 1000001.258
KotsayCF 4120110.295
Klesko1B 2112101.305
Nevin3B 4011004.279
GantLF 4120012.266
KingsaleRF 4100025.297
CruzSS 4000013.270
NievesC 4010021.185
EatonP 2000001.000
a-LankfordPH 1000001.235
JohnsonP 0000000.000
WalkerP 0000000.000
VillafuerteP 0000000.000
b-BurroughsPH 0000100.261
1-CrespoPR 0000000.182
Totals335734819
a-Flied out for Eaton in the 6th. b-Walked for Villafuerte in the 9th. c-Grounded into a double play for Vazquez in the 9th.
1-Ran for Burroughs in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Klesko (33, Batista).
RBI: Klesko 2 (88), Nevin (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kingsale.
GIDP: Eaton, Buchanan.
Team LOB: 6.
FIELDING
Outfield assists: Gant (Gonzalez at 3rd base).
DP: (Vazquez-Cruz-Klesko).
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
WomackSS 4000001.273
Grace1B 4220000.244
Spivey2B 2211200.304
GonzalezLF 2000211.290
FinleyCF 4123003.284
McCrackenRF 3121111.313
Donnels3B 2000114.250
b-WilliamsPH 0000000.258
c-DellucciPH 1000011.241
MillerC 0000000.250
BarajasC 3000001.204
d-OverbayPH 1011000.250
FettersP 0000000.000
MyersP 0000000.000
BatistaP 2000011.186
SwindellP 0000000.000
a-JosePH 1000000.111
OropesaP 0000000.000
KoploveP 0000000.000
e-CintronPH-3B 1000001.230
Totals306866514
a-Grounded out for Swindell in the 6th. b-Batted for Donnels in the 8th. c-Struck out for Williams in the 8th. d-Singled for Barajas in the 8th. e-Grounded into a double play for Koplove in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Spivey (32, Eaton).
3B: McCracken (8, Walker).
HR: Finley (23, 8th inning off Walker, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Finley 3 (79), Spivey (69), McCracken (37), Overbay (1).
2-out RBI: McCracken.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McCracken, Donnels 3.
GIDP: Cintron.
Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING
SB: McCracken (5, 2nd base off Eaton/Nieves).
FIELDING
E: Womack (16, fielding).
DP: 2 (Womack-Spivey-Grace, Cintron-Spivey-Grace).
San Diego Padres
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eaton 5.054463011.68
Johnson (H, 1) 1.00000002.79
Walker (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) 1.02220116.00
Villafuerte 1.01000102.05
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Batista 5.25533404.17
Swindell 0.10000004.50
Oropesa 0.210000010.73
Koplove (W, 5-1) 1.11000301.93
Fetters 0.00001002.77
Myers (S, 4) 1.00000104.05
Fetters pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
Walker pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

HBP: Klesko (by Batista).
Pitches-strikes: Eaton 91-49, Johnson 11-6, Walker 23-14, Villafuerte 8-5, Batista 78-45, Swindell 1-1, Oropesa 11-6, Koplove 19-13, Fetters 9-5, Myers 9-5.
Ground outs-fly outs: Eaton 2-9, Johnson 2-1, Walker 0-2, Villafuerte 2-0, Batista 8-5, Swindell 0-1, Oropesa 1-1, Koplove 1-0, Fetters 0-0, Myers 2-0.
Batters faced: Eaton 25, Johnson 3, Walker 5, Villafuerte 3, Batista 26, Swindell 1, Oropesa 3, Koplove 5, Fetters 1, Myers 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Villafuerte 1-1, Swindell 1-0, Koplove 1-0, Myers 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Jeff Nelson. 3B: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 91 degrees, clear.
Wind: 2 mph, R to L.
T: 3:03.
Att: 34,217.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner