Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Chase Headley hit two homers, including a
go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh, as the Padres edged the Pirates, 9-8, on
Friday in the opener of a three-game series.
The Pirates used a five-run fourth inning to grab a 7-1 lead, but the Padres
responded with six runs in the fifth, tying the game on Headley's three-run
blast to right.
Pittsburgh went ahead again in the sixth when Rod Barajas singled home Garrett
Jones, but Tony Watson (5-2) failed to hold the lead, issuing a two-out walk
to Everth Cabrera before Headley sent his 17th homer of the season over the
fence in left field.
Brad Brach (1-2) allowed one run over two innings of relief to earn the win
for the Padres, who have won five straight games -- one short of a season-
Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson and Huston Street combined to record the final
nine outs in order. Street increased his scoreless innings streak to 21 1/3
frames, but appeared to injure his leg while attempting to cover first base on
the final out of the game.
Jesus Guzman added a two-run double during the fifth, then crossed the plate
on Alexi Amarista's base hit. Amarista began the game with his fifth homer of
The Pirates have now lost 10 straight to the Padres at PNC Park.
Travis Snider hit a three-run homer in the fourth and Pedro Alvarez plated a
pair with a single to cap the inning.
Jones hit his 17th homer of the season -- a solo shot in the third -- and
Starling Marte opened the scoring for Pittsburgh with an RBI single in the
Edinson Volquez got the start for San Diego and was charged with six runs on
seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.
James McDonald countered with a 4 1/3-inning start for the Pirates, giving up
seven runs on seven hits.
The Padres' 10-game win streak at PNC Park is the longest active streak in the
major leagues for a team at an opponent's home park.
The Padres are 13-2 over their last 15 games versus the Pirates and are 27-9
all-time at PNC Park...Headley has hit safely in 12 of his last 13
games...Street last allowed a run on June 17 at Oakland.
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