SAN DIEGO (AP) Alex Arias is becoming accustomed to the hero's
Arias drove in the game-winning run in San Diego's last at-bat
for the second straight game with a sacrifice fly in the ninth,
giving the Padres a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on
Arias also provided the heroics in Friday night's 5-4 win
against Los Angeles with a single in the bottom of the 10th to
drive in Ben Davis.
"It's do or die," said Arias, whose .327 career pinch-hit
average is tops among active players. "You either get the job done
or you go home or keep playing. It's a tough job."
The Padres won their second straight one-run game after dropping
three one-run decisions to San Francisco in their first eight
"This is what I was talking about when you have one-run
games," Davis said. "You have to find a way to win these things,
and for two nights in a row, we've done it."
Davis scored the winning run Friday after his one-out double.
Davis doubled again Saturday off Gregg Olson (0-1) in the ninth
after Mike Darr led off with a walk.
Arias then lifted a lazy fly ball into right field that Shawn
Green fielded on a line. But Green's throw was a two-hopper up the
line that catcher Paul Lo Duca couldn't hold onto, allowing Darr to
Trevor Hoffman (2-1) pitched the ninth for his second win in as
"We haven't played well the last two nights," said Dodger
first baseman Eric Karros, "and we paid for it on both
Gary Sheffield homered twice for the Dodgers: a two-run homer in
the first inning and a solo shot leading off the eighth against Tom
Davey that tied the score at 4. Sheffield, who also hit one Friday
against San Diego, has six homers this season.
"Gary is doing a lot of damage," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy
said. "Collectively we haven't gotten into full gear yet
Darr gave the Padres a 4-3 lead in the sixth with a two-run
double. The hit came on a looping fly ball to left field that
initially looked to be a single, but Sheffield slipped as he went
to field the ball. The ball bounced over his head, allowing Damien
Jackson and Phil Nevin to score.
Padres starter Brian Tollberg allowed three runs on six hits in
six innings. He retired 11 straight batters after giving up
Sheffield's homer with one out in the first inning.
Eric Gagne allowed just two hits in six innings for Los Angeles,
but two of the three batters he walked came around to score.
Gagne was cruising along until walking Jackson leading off the
sixth. The right-hander retired 11 batters after giving up Nevin's
RBI double that tied the score at 2 in the first inning.
The Dodgers went ahead 3-2 in the sixth on Eric Karros' RBI
San Diego received help from the Dodgers defense in the first
when shortstop Alex Cora and center fielder Tom Goodwin collided on
Tony Gwynn's pop fly. Jackson, who reached on a walk and stole
second, went to third on the play.
Jackson scored on a fielder's choice by Ryan Klesko, who scored
on Nevin's double.
Sheffield has homered twice in a game 21 times in his
career. ... Darr's two-run double was just his second extra-base
hit of the season. He has 16 hits total. ... Hoffman's last three
appearances have all been in tie games. He is 2-1 in those outings.
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