Padres win on dramatic HR in 9th Roberts beats Expos on 2-run shot, 6-5


SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres went into the ninth inning looking for their first home run with a man on base since June 26. They weren't looking for Bip Roberts to get it, though.

Roberts' first homer of the season with two outs and a runner on third in the ninth gave the Padres a 6-5 victory over the Montreal Expos yesterday.

The dramatic two-run homer off reliever Barry Jones ruined Ron Darling's bid for his 100th career victory, and first for the Expos since being acquired on July 15 from the New York Mets for reliever Tim Burke.

Roberts hit a 3-2 pitch from Jones (3-7) over the left-field fence after fouling off five pitches with two strikes. Roberts entered the game with no homers in 294 at-bats this season.

"I was zoned out," said Roberts, who raised his average to .271 with a 3-for-5 game. "It's just one of those things when you come up to the plate, you know what's on the line. You try to get into that at-bat as much as possible. You just stay focused. I was able to do that."

Tim Teufel opened the ninth with a double off Scott Ruskin, who allowed one hit 2 1/3 innings. Paul Faries pinch ran for Teufel, and went to third on Thomas Howard's sacrifice.

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