Padres Collapse in Pittsburgh

With a six run lead in the top of the first, it looked like another game the San Diego Padres had wrapped up. That was not the case. Down 7-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight unanswered behind the bats of former Friar Jason Bay and Daryle Ward to beat the Padres 9-7.

A bases loaded double in the first off the bat of Ryan Klesko quickly put the Padres up 2-0. Jay Payton walked and the bases were again loaded for Miguel Ojeda with one out in the inning. A sharp single to left followed driving in two more and putting the Friars up 4-0. Khalil Greene followed with a double that drove in one and Ismael Valdez got in on the action with a sac fly to complete a six run inning.

It marked the second straight day that the Padres pitcher has batted before taking the mound.

The Pirates got one back in the bottom of the inning when Daryle Ward knocked in Jose Castillo with a double.

Brian Giles then put the lead back to six with a solo home run in the second, his seventh of the year.

The Pirates, not willing to go away, scored two runs in the bottom of the second off the miscue of Valdez who took a sac bunt and wailed it over Sean Burrough's head in attempt to get the lead runner that cost him two runs.

In the third inning, former Padres farmhand Jason Bay got back at his old team. He hit a one out homer with Craig Wilson aboard to bring the Pirates within two at 7-5. It was the first home run of the season for Bay. Ward added a solo homer in the fourth and the Pirates closed to within one, 7-6.

Jason Bay completed the comeback with his second homer of the game and of the season in the sixth inning. Not to be outdone, Ward hit his second homer of the day to put the Pirates ahead to stay, 8-7. Ward and Bay each had three hits and three RBI's.


Last night's win provided the Padres with their 10th road victory of 2004...the 2003 Friars did not win their 10th road game until June 16 (at Colorado), 71 games into the season.

Valdez' last start against the Pirates came September 6, 2000 while a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, he took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits over 6.0 innings in a 8-3 Pirates win at Dodger Stadium.

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