Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gwynn Gets 3,000th

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gwynn Gets 3,000th

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MONTREAL -- Tony Gwynn made history and then didn't stop.

Gwynn went 4 for 5, singling in his first at-bat to become the 22nd major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits, as the San Diego Padres beat the Montreal Expos 12-10 last night.

Gwynn also singled in his second at-bat to overtake Roberto Clemente for 21st place in the career list. After grounding to second in the fourth, Gwynn added singles in the sixth and eighth before leaving the game for a pinch runner to a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 13,540.

With the crowd standing and applauding throughout his first at-bat, Gwynn reached down and golfed a soft line drive past second base on a 1-2 pitch from Dan Smith (3-6), a rookie right-hander making his 11th career start.

His Padres teammates raced from the dugout to congratulate him, and first base umpire Kerwin Danley -- Gwynn's college teammate at San Diego State -- gave him a hug.

Fireworks, usually reserved for Expos' home runs, were set off as soon as the hit dropped in. Gwynn's mother, Vendella, celebrating her 64th birthday, came onto to the field and embraced her son. Gwynn became the first NL player since the Cardinals' Lou Brock in 1979 to reach 3,000 hits. Brock was at Thursday night's game in St. Louis, as was Stan Musial, hoping to see Gwynn reach 3,000.

Several AL players -- Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, George Brett, Robin Yount, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski and Rod Carew -- reached 3,000 hits in the years since Brock did it.

Gwynn beat Tampa Bay's Wade Boggs to the milestone by at least one day. Boggs went 0 for 3 with a walk against Cleveland, leaving him three hits shy of 3,000.

The game resumed after a brief delay following Gwynn's milestone hit and the Padres chased Smith with a four-run first, keyed by Phil Nevin's two-run double.

Nevin went 2 for 5 with four RBI. He hit a two-run homer off reliever J. …

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