Myers three-run home run gives Padres series win

April 30, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

San Diego Padres’ Wil Myers, right, celebrates with Erick Aybar (8) after hitting the go-ahead three-run home run off San Francisco Giants’ George Kontos in the 12th inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 30, 2017, in San Francisco. The Padres won 5-2. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Wil Myers likes to hit long home runs, and his home run against George Kontos was a no doubter.

Myers hit a towering three-run home run in the top of the 12th inning, giving the San Diego Padres a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, before a crowd of 41,989, the 503rd consecutive regular season sellout at AT&T Park.

This was the second game in a row that Myers hit a towering three-run home run, as he did it in Saturday’s 12-4 victory by the Padres over the Giants.

Hector Sanchez hit a two-run pinch hit home run off of Mark Melancon in the top of the ninth inning to tie up the game. It was the third pinch-hit home run of Sanchez’s career and his first since June 15, 2014 while with the Giants against the Colorado Rockies.

Ty Blach pitched seven strong innings, allowing no runs on just three hits, walking two and striking out one

It was a Blach sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning that gave the Giants their first run of the afternoon.

Joe Panik scored the first run that the Giants, as he was hit by a Clayton Richard pitch, went to third on a Gorkys Hernandez double and then scored easily on Blach’s sacrifice fly to Manuel Margot in centerfield.

Hunter Pence scored the second run for the Giants in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Pence led off the inning with a walk, went to second on a Buster Posey groundout and then scored easily on a Michael Morse double.

It was a no decision for Clayton Richard, as he pitched 5.1 innings, allowing both runs, six hits, walked one and struck out three, as his record stays at 2-3 on the season.

Richard did pickup two of the five Padres hits, as both of his hits careened off the right field wall.

The Padres attempted to make a game out of this in the top of the eighth inning, as Margot and Yangervis Solarte singled off of Derek Law; however, Law able to get Austin Hedges to strikeout to end the inning.

In all, Law allowed two hits and struck out the side, as Law struck out Erick Aybar, Wil Myers and Hedges. In between the Myers and Hedges strikeouts by Law, Solarte singled for the second Padres hit of the inning.

NOTES: Johnny Cueto will take the hill on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles versus the Dodgers, while Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers.

This upcoming road trip will be the Giants only three city trip of the entire season, as they head to Los Angeles for three, then onto Cincinnati for three and then end with a three-game series against the Mets.

Neil Ramirez was the first Giants reliever to allow two three-run home runs in the same game since Joe Nathan gave up two on May 26, 2003 against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, when Charles Johnson and Preston Wilson turned the trick.

Bryan Morris was recalled by the Giants from Triple-A, and to make room for Morris on the 40-man roster, the Giants have designated Ramirez for assignment.

The 12 runs scored by the Padres on Saturday night were the most they ever scored at AT&T Park, and their most in San Francisco since July 2, 1995, when they scored 15 runs at Candlestick Park.

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