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Third try the charm for Murray, Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Calvin Murray couldn't believe his luck.

He fell twice on his way home, but still scored – with the help of catcher Ben Davis' throwing error – as the San Francisco Giants eked out an 8-7 ninth-inning win over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night.

"My legs were shaking like jelly," he said.

Murray was pinch running for J.T. Snow, who singled off Jay Witasik to lead off the inning. Murray moved to second on Ramon Martinez's sacrifice, and Shawon Dunston followed with a single to shallow center.

Murray stumbled twice, but Davis' throw to third got away from Phil Nevin.

"I saw somebody waving me around third, even after I slipped. I figured I'd have to find another gear, because I knew it would be close," he said. "Then I slipped again, and thought, `I better get back to third.'"

But Murray kept going and Nevin's scramble for the ball didn't make it home in time as Giants handed the Padres their first 0-2 start since 1994, when they opened 0-4.

Witasik allowed one run on two hits in 1 1-3 innings in the loss.

The Padres tied it 7-all in the ninth on Ryan Klesko's RBI single off Robb Nen, who blew his first save. Nen had not blown a save since last July 2 against Los Angeles. He got the win despite blowing the save.

Pinch-hitter Felipe Crespo hit a two-run single in the seventh as the Giants went ahead 7-5.

San Francisco's rally came after a scary moment for the Giants. After Rich Aurilia walked with one out in the seventh, Barry Bonds fouled a ball off his right foot. He walked it off for several tense moments before returning to the batter's box.

Bonds doubled, but limped around second base. Trainer Stan Conte briefly tended to Bonds on the field, but Bonds did not leave the game.

Jeff Kent was intentionally walked by Kevin Walker to load the bases for J.T. Snow, who went 4-for-4. Walker's 2-2 pitch appeared to tip off Davis' glove before it rolled to the backstop, allowing Aurilia to score the tying run easily.

Crespo, pinch-hitting for Russ Davis, singled to right to score Bonds and Kent.

Bonds had X-rays after the game, which were negative. He would undergo further treatment if he was still in pain Thursday, the team said.

Tony Gwynn added a pinch-hit RBI single for the Padres in the eighth.

Kevin Jarvis, who learned he was going to start last week when Matt Clement was traded to Florida, allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out a career-high seven in 5 2-3 innings.

His RBI double to deep center field in the sixth scored Chris Gomez, who singled with two outs, to give the Padres a 5-1 lead.

The Giants made it 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth on Bobby Estalella's three-run home run.

Nevin's solo home run led off the second before Davis hit an RBI single off Giants starter Kirk Rueter to put the Padres up 2-0.

Bubba Trammell's third-inning single to scored Mark Kotsay from second as San Diego went up 3-0. Gomez added an RBI double down the right-field line in the fourth.

The Giants scored in the fourth on Kent's double, then scored on Snow's single to right.

Rueter allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings.

Gwynn was a late scratch from the lineup Wednesday night because of stiffness in his left knee, the same knee that caused him to miss more than half of last season.

Gwynn's pinch hit moved him ahead of Dave Winfield for 16th on the career hit list with 3,111.

"I had already warmed up, but that's not an easy gig," Gwynn said. "Experience helps you through it."

Game notes
The Giants signed left-hander Dan Serafini to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Fresno. ... Barry Bonds needs five more home runs to reach 500 for his career. ... Giants manager Dusty Baker said he would likely give catcher Benito Santiago his first regular season start as a Giant on Thursday. ... Gwynn is 31 hits away from catching Robin Yount in 15th place. ... Padres manager Bruce Bochy was still on crutches following a minor motorcycle accident last weekend.

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