Sterling Hitchcock survived a shaky sixth inning yesterday to win for the first time since May 9, and Trevor Hoffman, who started his professional baseball career as a shortstop, got his 200th save as the San Diego Padres beat the Oakland Athletics, 2-1.
Hitchcock (4-5) held the Athletics to one run and four hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two.
Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth, striking out the side, for his 12th save this season. He is the 25th big leaguer to reach the 200-save mark. Hoffman matched the NL record with 53 saves in 54 chances last year.
"Awesome," Hitchcock said of Hoffman's milestone. "And he hasn't been doing it that long. There's no doubt when we bring him in the ninth with the lead that it's automatic out there."
Hoffman was drafted as a shortstop by Cincinnati, but hit poorly and was converted to a reliever in 1991.
Hitchcock, who had been 0-4 with a 7.64 ERA in six career starts against the Athletics, held Oakland hitless until Tim Raines doubled into the left-center field gap with one out in the fifth.
The left-hander, who struggled in losing his last four decisions, ran into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with one out on two singles and a walk. He got ahead of John Jaha 0-2, then walked him on a full count to force in Tony Phillips. Hitchcock struck out Olmedo Saenz and got Raines to foul out.
San Diego scored two runs in the second when center fielder Ryan Christenson let Ed Giovanola's fly ball bounce off his glove. With two outs, Jim Leyritz and Gary Matthews Jr. walked, and they were running on the 3-2 pitch to Giovanola.
The Padres didn't get Tony Gwynn back. The batting star felt a knot in his left calf before the game and was scratched. He will remain on the disabled list for at least a day or two, Manager Bruce Bochy said. The Padres are 7-11 since Gwynn went on the disabled list May 22.
Oakland starter Gil Heredia (3-5) allowed two runs -- both unearned -- and five hits in five-plus innings.
BREWERS 15, INDIANS 9: Hideo Nomo, who never got past an audition with the Indians in April, pitched seven innings and Dave Nilsson homered twice, powering Milwaukee in Cleveland. Nomo (3-1) allowed five runs and eight hits.
Nilsson hit a three-run homer and a solo shot for the Brewers, who took two of three from the Indians in the series. Geoff Jenkins added a three-run homer, one of three Milwaukee homers in the fourth inning that chased Bartolo Colon (6-3).
CAPTION: Oakland center fielder Ryan Christenson drops a fly hit by San Diego's Ed Giovanola for an error.