Machado, Soto power Padres past Giants 7-4

San Diego Padre Manny Machado flips the bat away after cracking a three run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park in San Diego on Tue Aug 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Manny Machado’s tie-breaking three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted San Diego to a 7-4 victory Tuesday over the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Padres that included a 26-inning scoreless skid. San Diego is 1-5 since acquiring Juan Soto and Josh Bell from Washington at the trade deadline.

Tim Hill (3-0) struck out Joc Pederson to end the Giants’ ninth and pick up the win in relief. The Padres still remain 16 games behind NL West-leading Los Angeles and hold a one-game lead over Milwaukee for the third NL Wild Card berth. San Francisco trails the Dodgers by 22 ½ games.

After Tyler Rogers (2-4) took the mound for the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, Jurickson Profar singled with one out and Soto reached on catcher’s interference. Machado followed with a 403-foot homer to left to end the game.

San Francisco tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth. Padres reliever Josh Hader walked Mike Yastrzemski, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores singled and pinch-hitter Austin Slater was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

Austin Wynns drew an RBI walk, with Yastrzemski scoring and the bases remaining loaded. After J.D. Davis struck out, Brandon Belt was issued an RBI walk, driving in Flores. Evan Longoria’s sacrifice fly to left plated Slater with the tying run.

In the bottom of the eighth, Ha-Seong Kim hit a ground-rule double to center, driving in Josh Bell, who doubled to right two batters earlier, building the Padres’ lead to 4-1.

San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on LaMonte Wade Jr.’s solo one-out home run to right. The Padres tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Soto’s solo home run to right.

Padres starter Joe Musgrave held San Francisco to one run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter, Alex Cobb, the Giants’ starter, gave up three runs on six hits in five-plus innings, striking out seven and issuing two walks.

In Wednesday afternoon’s series finale, the Giants will start right-hander Jakob Junis (4-3, 3.05) against San Diego left-hander Sean Manaea (6-6, 4.74) a 6:45 pm PDT first pitch at Petco Park. 

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