James McDonald could use a shot of confidence and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle tried to give it to him Friday night by allowing the struggling right-hander the opportunity to work out of a jam.
The move backfired, however, and the Pirates went on to lose 9-8 to San Diego as Chase Headley hit home runs from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career and drove in five runs for the Padres.
San Diego had scored three runs in the fifth inning to trim its deficit to 7-4 and had runners on first and second with one out when Hurdle decided to keep McDonald in the game to face Headley.
Headley blasted a three-run home run to center field to tie the score and chase McDonald. Headley then connected for a two-run shot down the left-field line in the seventh inning off Tony Watson (5-2) to put the Padres ahead 9-8 after Rod Barajas had given the Pirates a short-lived lead with an RBI single in the sixth.
''You want him walking out of it with a positive building block...