1969: Padres Score Early, Hold On Late to Beat Giants

September 24, 1969, San Diego: Padres 3, Giants 2 (box score)

San Diego, with some help from the Giants defense, jumped on Juan Marichal immediately in this one. Jose Arcia and Roberto Pena singled to lead off the first. Ollie Brown then doubled home Arcia. After Marichal fanned the next two batters, Ivan Murrell flied to left for what should have been the final out of the inning. Jim Ray Hart dropped the ball, though, allowing Pena and Brown to score, and giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.

Al Santorini held San Francisco in check until the eighth inning, when his control escaped him. A walk, two hit batsmen, and a fly ball resulted in a run, making the score 3-1. Tom Dukes replaced Santorini and got out of the jam without further damage. Dukes then surrendered a home run to pinch hitter Bob Burda in the ninth before sealing the Padres’ 3-2 victory in front of nearly 15,000 fans at San Diego Stadium.

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