|Dave Roberts / LF|
Weight: 180 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
With two outs in the seventh and Ramon Hernandez on second base, the Padres got a key walk from pinch-hitter Mark Sweeney to bring Roberts to the plate. Roberts chopped a ball over the head of Giants starter Brett Tomko (0-3) and behind the mound, where nine-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel couldn't handle the ball in a rush to get Roberts at first."He just puts pressure on the defense," Nevin said. "If you're forcing one of the best shortstops in the game to come in and take on a tough hop like that, you know you're doing something." After that, it was Loretta taking care of business to help the Padres rebound from the weekend sleep suffered at the hands of the Dodgers. The Padres needed a big hit, and the second baseman delivered with a drive off Tomko into the corner in left, scoring three runs. Roberts scored easily from first base with the third tally. "We were looking for a big hit the last few days, and we got it there," Bochy said. They got another one two batters later, after the Giants intentionally walked Brian Giles. This big blow came off the bat of Nevin, whose double to right-center was the type of hit that shows that his early struggles could be behind him, because that's where he drives the ball best. "I honestly thought it was going to get caught, but the ball carried a little better than I thought," Nevin said. "It felt pretty good. I haven't driven a ball like that in quite a long time." The rally made a winner out of Peavy (2-0), who allowed one run -- on Lance Niekro's first career homer -- as part of a seven-inning, six-hit outing. Peavy walked one and struck out nine. "Peavy did a tremendous job," Bochy said. "That's what you need when you're in a skid." And Peavy was glad to be part of ending the slide. "We needed that one," Peavy said. "I knew I couldn't go out there and give up runs early."
John Schlegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.