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Hoffman Ties Saves Mark in Padres Win

September 24, 2006|From the Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Trevor Hoffman tied Lee Smith's all-time saves record with No. 478, and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, on Saturday night to retain their lead in the National League West.

Jake Peavy struck out 11 to match the team record for double-digit strikeout games, and rookie Josh Barfield hit a go-ahead homer to lead off the seventh.

Smith piled up 478 saves from 1980-1997. Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-best 42nd save in 47 chances. Hoffman, 38, has three saves in five games following his blown save in Monday night's wild, 11-10 loss in 10 innings at Los Angeles.

All but two of Hoffman's saves have come with San Diego, which obtained him from Florida on June 24, 1993, in a five-player deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Marlins.

Barfield gave San Diego a 2-1 lead when he homered to left on a 2-2 pitch from Zach Duke (10-14) in the seventh. It was the 13th of the season for Barfield, the son of former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield.

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