Rally the Troops, 5-4 Padres Win

Padres pitcher Ben Howard gets the spot start

On a day when the San Diego Padres made two significant trades to bolster their team for the future, the home team was making their own waves. The Padres rallied from a four run deficit to beat the D-Backs on Tuesday and Ben Howard, called up from Portland and appearing in place of the traded Oliver Perez, kept the Friars in the game. Only two of the Friars five minor league affiliates were lucky enough to win on Tuesday.

Raul Mondesi opened the scoring when he hit a two-out homer over the left-field bullpen in the first to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. The D-Backs added another run in the second when Alex Cintron walked, stole second, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.

With two outs in the fourth Hammock took a belt high fastball and hit a solo shot to left.

Ben Howard, recalled from Triple-A Portland hours before the game to replace Oliver Perez, allowed the four runs on four hits in 6 1-3 innings with five walks and three strikeouts.

"I would imagine he's going to get at least two or three starts up here," Towers said of Howard. "There has been talk of bringing either (Mike) Bynum or (Clay) Condrey up and adding them to the rotation just to give the other guys a little bit more time in between starts. This is more than a lot of them have logged in their career."

Gary Matthews cut the Padres deficit in half when he took a 1-1 pitch from Elmer Dessens in the seventh and clobbered it 404 feet to right field to close the gap, 4-2.

Sean Burroughs hit a shot right down the right field line that went for a triple, scoring Lou Merloni to make the score 4-3 with no outs in the eighth. Two outs later, Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko hit consecutive RBI doubles to complete the rally.

Mike Matthews (5-4) got two outs in the seventh for the victory in relief of Howard. Rod Beck worked the ninth for his 19th save.

Notes:

Brian Giles will be in uniform for the Friars Wednesday night.

"I'm exited to have Brian," Bochy said. "A guy like that can change your ballclub, change your lineup. He's a great offensive player, a great defensive player. He runs the bases well and plays the game the way it should be played."

Minors:

Wiki Gonzalez went 3-4 with a homer and 2 RBI's in a 4-3 Portland loss to Tacoma.

Jon Knott was added to the Portland roster today from Class AA Mobile, where he hit .252 with 27 home runs and 82 RBIs in 127 games … Knott ranked among the Southern League leaders in several offensive categories. Freddy Guzman also joined Portland and currently leads all of professional baseball in stolen bases with 87. He stole 38 bases in 46 games with Mobile after stealing 49 at Lake Elsinore earlier this season. Guzman was batting .271 with the BayBears.

Chris Oxspring pitched eight strong innings to lead the Mobile BayBears to a 5-1 win against the Chattanooga Lookouts. Oxspring (10-5), who walked three and struck out eight, allowed a run and four hits to pick up the win. Humberto Quintero finished with an RBI and two doubles for Mobile.

Lake Elsinore beat Rancho Cucamonga 5-3 on Tuesday.

Vancouver beat Eugene on Tuesday, 6-5.

Bryan Edwards started for Fort Wayne and went 7 innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out six and walking just one. It would not be enough as the Wizards lost in the 11th inning, 3-2. None of the runs were earned as the Wizards committed five errors in the game that contributed to the three runs scored against.

Provo beat Idaho Falls for the second day in a row, 6-4.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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