Extra! Extra! Padres in 10

The gaps in Florida proved to be a big part of a game that the San Diego Padres took three different leads and the Marlins tied it up each time. The fourth time came in extra innings and finally stuck as the Friars went on to a 6-3 victory in 10 innings.

Sean Burroughs hit a bases loaded knock in the top of the tenth to give the Padres the lead for good. Mark Loretta followed with a two run single to break it open and give Akinori Otsuka the win, his third of the season. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 9th save of the year.

The Padres got on the board first on a Miguel Ojeda single in the top half of the second. The ball sailed into centerfield and the umpires called it a trap. The ball was clearly caught in center, but it plated Jay Payton. Ojeda, assuming the ball was caught, passed Long on his way to the dugout and was called out. Jay Payton had doubled to open the frame and went to third on a Terrence Long single.

Jeff Conine smacked an opposite field double off the 2003 Championship sign to bring in Miguel Cabrera, scoring all the way from first, to tie the game at 1-1.

With one out in the fourth, Darren Oliver loaded the bases. Khalil Greene, 1-for-8 on the season with the bases loaded, hit a ball deep in the hole between third and short that could only block from going into the outfield scored one run and put the Padres in the lead. 2-1. Ismael Valdez promptly hit into a double play to end the inning.

Miguel Cabrera nailed a two out homer to deep center to tie the game at 2-2, his tenth home run of the season to tie for the league lead. Jay Payton had raced to the wall to try and snare the arcing shot and jumped into the wall but came up on the raw end of the stick. His timing on the jump was slightly off as his glove did not clear the top of the fence, but rather smacked against the wall.

A two out RBI double by Phil Nevin into the opposite field scored Brian Giles in the fifth to give the team their third one run lead of the game.

Florida quickly responded. A double by pinch hitter Lenny Harris started the rally and an RBI ground out by Luis Castillo knotted the game at 3-3.


Loretta has hit safely in 13 of his 15 road games, including 11 multi-hit tilts, batted .474 (18-for-38) with three doubles, two homers and ten RBI during his streak.

The win on Saturday matched the amount of games the Padres have won against Florida in each of the past two seasons, going 1-5 against them both years.

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