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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2005 7:58 am | Updated: 8:37 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

SAN DIEGO - The Petco Park curse continues for the Diamondbacks.

San Diego first baseman Phil Nevin ended a marathon game with an RBI single off Arizona closer Brandon Lyon in the 15th inning, giving the Padres a 5-4 victory on Friday night.

It was the D-Backs’ ninth straight loss at Petco Park, with seven of those coming by one run.

Left fielder Xavier Nady led off the 15th with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Shortstop Mark Loretta hit a blooper to center that Arizona’s Luis Terrero dived for but just missed, resulting in a single that advanced Nady to third.

After right fielder Brian Giles was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base, Nevin delivered his gamewinning hit.

Lyon was the D-Backs’ last relief pitcher. Manager Bob Melvin sent Shawn Estes — the scheduled starter in today’s contest — out to the bullpen to be available if needed.

Both teams had run out of bench players. Padres reliever Chris Hammond had to bat for himself in the 14th, and Arizona starting pitcher Russ Ortiz pinch hit and grounded out for reliever Randy Choate in the 15th.

The D-Backs tied the game in the ninth by cracking Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who entered Friday with 396 career saves, third alltime. Pinch-hitter Tony Clark — who was down to Arizona’s last strike — doubled to score Shawn Green, who had drawn a one-out walk.

The game was billed as a rematch of a sterling pitching duel last weekend at Bank One Ballpark: Arizona’s Brandon Webb and San Diego’s Jake Peavy. Webb won the previous matchup, but he was not at his best on Friday.

In six innings, Webb allowed 12 hits — the first time in his career he has given up double-digit hits — and four runs.

Webb allowed a runner to reach scoring position in the second and third innings but managed to escape unscathed. He would not be as lucky in the fourth, when — after being up 0-and-2 — he issued Peavy a two-out walk to load the bases.

That brought up center fielder Dave Roberts, who came into the game with one hit in 19 career at-bats against Webb. But after doubling in the third, he laced a two-run single to tie the game.

Second baseman Mark Loretta singled to score Peavy from second base, and San Diego led, 3-2. Nevin led off the fifth by hitting a towering home run to left field.

In eight innings, Peavy gave up six hits and three runs with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Arizona third baseman Troy Glaus belted a solo home run, his seventh round-tripper of the year, off Peavy in the fourth. Luis Gonzalez played a role in two runs, hitting an RBI double in the first and scoring from third base on Green’s sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Petco Park was a stage for the weird from the start on Friday night. The first batter of the night, Craig Counsell, hit a bloop to short left field, where Padres shortstop Geoff Blum crashed into outfielder Ryan Klesko and had to leave the game.

In the fourth, the D-Backs botched a suicide squeeze as center fielder Quinton McCracken was unable to get down a bunt, making first baseman Chad Tracy a dead duck coming down the thirdbase line.

Another Counsell blooper resulted in more hijinks in the eighth. Backup shortstop Jesse Garcia fell down as he reached for the ball, which deflected off his glove and then kicked straight into the air. Roberts, racing in from center field, caught it.

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