Young flirts with no-no again; Padres blank Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The way Chris Young is pitching, it may not be
long before the San Diego Padres have their first no-hitter.

Five days after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Young
held the Pittsburgh Pirates hitless through 5 1-3 innings in
leading the San Diego Padres to a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon.

"The last two games, things have gone my way," the 6-foot-10
right-hander said. "Things might turn (for the worse), but right
now, things are good."

The 26-year-old allowed only a pinch-hit single to left by Jose
Hernandez and a seventh-inning one-out Jason Bay triple in eight
innings. He struck out four and walked one.

"Back-to-back games like that is pretty impressive," San Diego
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did a super job again. He was
locating well, using all his pitches. He feels good right now, and
that's obvious.

"We needed it, too. We got the one run and that was it."

Brian Giles singled in Dave Roberts in the third inning to give
San Diego a 1-0 lead off of Pittsburgh starter Victor Santos (3-6).
Mike Cameron had two hits and two stolen bases for the Padres, who
have won four of five.

"Usually, one run doesn't cut it," Giles said. "But (Young)
was outstanding today."

Young (5-3), who has been traded by the Pirates, Expos and
Rangers in the past 3 1-2 years, retired the first 10 batters he
faced before a one-out walk to Jose Bautista in the fourth. Each of
the Pirates' first 15 outs came via strikeout, flyball or popup.

"We popped the ball in the air a lot," Pirates manager Jim
Tracy said. "We couldn't figure him out.

"Give credit where credit is due. The guy we faced today now
has allowed no runs and three hits in 16 innings pitched."

Ryan Doumit led off the sixth with a grounder to first baseman
Adrian Gonzalez, whose throw to Young just beat Doumit to the bag.

Doumit left the game after the groundout with a strained left
hamstring -- the same injury Doumit spent three weeks on the
disabled list for earlier this season. The Pirates said they will
know more about his status on Monday, but Tracy indicated he
believed a trip to the disabled list appeared likely.

But that play was one of only two groundball outs against Young.

Young threw 91 pitches -- 62 for strikes -- and faced only three
batters above the minimum in his eight innings. He induced Jeromy
Burnitz to pop-up to foul territory near third and Freddy Sanchez
to fly out to right to get out of his only jam after Bay tripled.

"He just had a real deceiving fastball he was throwing for
strikes," Bay said. "He's a big guy, which makes him a little
different anyway. And it was the first time we've seen him. We
couldn't figure him out."

Santos allowed seven hits and one run in five innings while
striking out five for the Pirates, who went 7-3 on their homestand.

"We have been playing good ball," Bautista said. "It was a
tough loss today, but if we go 7-3 the whole year on our
homestands, we should be all right."

Game notes
It was a rainy weekend in Pittsburgh. Friday and Saturday,
the starting times were pushed back by lengthy delays -- Friday
night's 6-0 Padres win was played with heavy showers throughout and
ended after six innings. Although Sunday's game was not delayed at
any point, light showers persisted during most of the game. ... San
Diego remains one of four big league teams without a no-hitter. The
others are the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil
Rays. ... The Pirates have not been no-hit since Aug 14, 1971, by
St. Louis' Bob Gibson. ... Before Bay's triple, the Pirates' last
three-base hit was May 13.