Padres defeat Mariners in ninth
SAN DIEGO — Nick Hundley hit a sacrifice fly to cap two-run ninth inning and give the San Diego Padres a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Will Venable led off the ninth with a single off David Aardsma (0-4) and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly. Aardsma then hit Chase Headley to bring up Gonzalez, who doubled into the right-field corner to score Venable and tie the game 3-3.
Scott Hairston was walked intentionally to load the bases before Hundley lifted a fly ball to right field. Ichiro Suzuki’s throw was not in time to catch Headley, who scored standing up.
Joe Thatcher (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win. Aardsma blew his fourth save.
The Mariners have lost 15 games in their opponents’ last at-bats, including nine game-ending hits.
Seattle lost its fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven games.
Milton Bradley hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to put the Mariners ahead 3-2. Bradley connected off Kevin Correia for his fourth homer and first since May 25.
San Diego won for just the third time in its last 15 interleague home games.
Jason Vargas allowed a pair of runs in the third inning but pitched out of a couple of jams for Seattle. The right-hander gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked two as he allowed three earned runs or less for the 11th straight start.
After falling behind 2-0, the Mariners tied the score in the fifth.
Eliezer Alfonzo led off with a double, was sacrificed to third and scored on Ichiro’s ground out. Chone Figgins was hit by a pitch and scored when Franklin Gutierrez tripled off the top of center-field fence.
Gutierrez missed a home run by inches as the ball hit the padding at the top of the fence.
Bradley finished 3 for 4 and had a stolen base.
Tony Gwynn put the Padres ahead in the third with an RBI triple that scored Jerry Hairston Jr., who led off with a single. One out later, David Eckstein singled in Gwynn for a 2-0 lead.
Correia gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.
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