Giles, Padres win first half of doubleheader

Brian Lawrence earned his fourth straight win and Brian Giles, in his return to Pittsburgh, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Giles also broke up a double play with a mean slide into second that gave the Padres the lead for good. Phil Nevin, meanwhile, drove in three runs to pace the Padres in their 6-3 win, the front half of a doubleheader.

Phil Nevin hit a grounder to third in the seventh inning with runners on first and third and one out where Brian Giles took out the legs of the second baseman attempting to turn the double play. It gave the Padres a one run lead, 4-3.

Two singles, by Sean Burroughs and Mark Loretta led off the fifth inning. Ex-Pirate Brian Giles came to the dish and smoked the first pitch foul down the right field line. After being down in the count 1-2, Giles came back to a 3-2 count and lined a base hit over the head of the second baseman to drive in Burroughs and push Loretta to third. The Padres took a 2-1 lead on the play. Phil Nevin hit a tailor made double play ball that brought in Loretta and a short hop to first kept Nevin from being doubled, giving him an RBI and the Padres a 3-1 lead.

Rob Mackowiak teed off on a Brian Lawrence fastball on the inner half of the plate and drove one out of the yard to tie the game at 3-3. It was the eighth homer of the year for Mackowiak and the sixth home run Lawrence has allowed on the season.

Lawrence has allowed 11 runs and 29 hits in 24 innings during his winning streak. He is 4-1 on the road.

The Padres tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a Jay Payton single that drove in Ramon Hernandez and added another in the ninth on a sacrifice fly en route to a 6-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.


Giles, a two-time All-Star during his stay in the Steel City, left the Pirates ranked sixth on the club's all-time home run list (165), while his 43 home runs are the most by any player at PNC Park. In his four full seasons with the Pirates, averaged 37 home runs and 109 RBI while batting .309 (666-for-2,153).

The Padres are 5-2 in Pittsburgh over the last three seasons.

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