Manny Machado cleared the right field wall for a tiebreaking home run, and San Diego's bullpen preserved the lead Wednesday afternoon, delivering the visiting Padres a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants to win the three-game series. Rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius (1-1) recorded his first major league win with six innings of one-run ball and aided his own cause with a sacrifice bunt that helped produce a run. The Padres beat the Giants for the fifth time in seven meetings this season.
The teams traded runs before Machado's high fly to right field with one out in the sixth made it over the top of Oracle Park's 20-foot brick wall near the right field foul pole, giving the Padres a lead they never relinquished. The homer, off Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez (1-2), measured just 336 feet.
It was Machado's third of the season and first at Oracle Park in 12 career visits. He has now homered in nine National League ballparks. He has yet to cross Coors Field (Colorado), Marlins Park (Miami), Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati), Miller Park (Milwaukee), PNC Park (Pittsburgh) and Wrigley Field (Chicago) off his list. He has never batted at Wrigley Field. The cozy confines of right field at Oracle Park also worked against the San Francisco offense, as the Giants tried to break the 1-1 tie an inning earlier.
After a one-out double by catcher Erik Kratz in the bottom of the fifth, Rodriguez singled to right. But with one out, a catcher running and Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe playing shallow, Kratz was held at third base. Margevicius then got out of the jam by getting Kevin Pillar, who earlier had homered, to ground out, and Kratz was thrown out at the plate. Margevicius struck out Steven Duggar to end the inning.
The Padres tacked on one run in the ninth off the San Francisco bullpen when Renfroe tripled to center field and scored on a single by Wil Myers. Margevicius allowed five hits in his six innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He retired the first nine Giants in order before Pillar led off the fourth with his second homer since joining the club in a trade from Toronto last week.
Three relievers combined to allow one hit and no runs through the seventh and eighth innings. Closer Kirby Yates worked out of trouble in the ninth for his seventh save after allowing a one-out walk to Brandon Crawford and a double to Evan Longoria. With the potential tying run at second base, Yates struck out Yangervis Solarte and got Brandon Belt to pop up to end the game.
Rodriguez worked seven innings, charged with two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out five. He retired the first seven Padres before walking Luis Urias with one out in the third. After Margevicius sacrificed the runner to second, Manuel Margot opened the game's scoring with a single to center field.
The Giants out-hit the Padres 7-6. --Field Level Media
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