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Saturday, Apr. 14 10:05pm ET
Sheffield hits two homers in loss

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Alex Arias is becoming accustomed to the hero's welcome.

Alex Arias

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 Saturday night.

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 games.

"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 score.

Trevor Hoffman (2-1) pitched the ninth for his second win in as many games.

"We haven't played well the last two nights," said Dodger first baseman Eric Karros, "and we paid for it on both occasions."

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 offensively."

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 single.

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.

Game notes
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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