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Padres 9, Pirates 1

July 24, 1997

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Tony Gwynn went 2-for-2 and drove in three runs before leaving after the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 Wednesday night.

Gwynn, who raised his average to .390, appeared to hurt himself running the bases in the second inning. He left for precautionary reasons with the Padres leading 7-1.

Pete Smith (4-1) pitched seven strong innings as the Padres won their fourth in a row. San Diego is 11-3 since the All-Star break.

Smith, who allowed one run and five hits, has won all three of his starts this season. He has made 22 relief appearances.

Rookie Mandy Romero went 3-for-4, including a solo homer, and scored three runs. Since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on July 13, he is 7-for-15 with two home runs.

Chris Gomez was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.

San Diego scored twice in the first inning on singles by Quilvio Veras, Steve Finley and Gwynn and a sacrifice fly by Wally Joyner.

Romero led off the second inning with his second homer. The Padres added three more runs off Jon Lieber (6-10) on an RBI single by Finley and Gwynn’s two-run double for a 6-0 lead.

Lieber lasted 1 1-3 innings, allowing six runs and six hits.

The Pirates scored on Al Martin’s RBI double in the third.

Veras added an RBI single in the fourth. Gomez had a two-run double in the seventh.

Two Pirates pitchers sustained injuries. Paul Wagner left after getting hit in the right shoulder by Veras’ line drive in the third and Jason Christiansen hurt his right calf.

Notes: With two hits, Gwynn moved passed Billy Williams into a tie for 47th place with Dave Parker (2,712) on the career list. ... Pittsburgh’s Jason Kendall went 0-for-3 as his 12-game hitting streak ended. ... The Padres pulled within three games of .500 (49-52) for the first time since April 27. ... The Pirates dropped to 4-13 against teams with losing records since June 8.

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