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Interleague play not kind to Padres

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It's probably safe to say the San Diego Padres are not big fans of interleague play.

The Padres, who've lost five games in a row and nine of their last 10, gave one away Sunday to the Minnesota Twins, a 5-4 walkoff loss, dropping the San Diegans to 0-6 this season in interleague play.

And it doesn't get easier. They travel to Boston for a three-game series at Fenway Park starting Monday.

The Padres have never fared especially well in interleague games, and Sunday's loss was a primer in everything that has gone wrong for the Padres this season.

With Dustin Moseley nursing a 3-1 lead with one out and a runner on second in the seventh, the right-hander was lifted for Mike Adams, normally untouchable un hold situations. He immediately gave up a run, but appeared to be out of the inning on a two-out grounder to third baseman Chase Headley. But Headley air-mailed a throw well over first and Minnesota ended up scoring three times, taking a 4-3 lead.

Moseley, who allowed only three hits, had another no-decision and Adams had his first blown save of the season. The Padres scratched out a run to tie it at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, but Minnesota scored the winning run in the bottom of the innings as Headley dived for a ball and deflected it away from shortstop Jason Bartlett as the winning run scored.

Saturday's 1-0 loss was almost as painful, with Tim Stauffer dropping to 2-5 despite giving up only one run in his past two starts, covering 15 innings. Chris Denorfia tripled to leado ff the game but that was as close as the Plods came to scoring.

This week's trip to Fenway will feature a reunion with slugging Bosox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is doing his best Ted Williams impression, leading the American League in batting and RBI. (The Padres traded him for prospects because he was going to be an unaffordable free agent.)

For the Padres, it promises to be reality TV at its grittiest -- the Have-Not Padres looking up from last place at the Have-It-All first-place Red Sox.



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