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Padres 5, Marlins 3: Austin Hedges lands a big one

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Three in a row!

Miami Marlins v San Diego Padres
“Did you guys see that?!”
Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Well, it sure seems like Austin Hedges has put his hitless streak well and truly behind him. His seventh-inning bomb to the third deck of the Western Metal Building was the difference-maker that led the Padres to their third consecutive win. Native son Trevor Cahill picked up his first win, holding the Marlins to just one run on three hits and a walk while racking up six whiffs.

The Friars did what they’ve done quite a bit this season and got on the board right away. Manuel Margot led off the first with a triple to right field, and Erick Aybar plated him with a sac fly in the same direction. The lead didn’t last long, with Marcell Ozuna taking Cahill deep. The tie lasted until the seventh, when the boys came through for Cahill in a big way.

Luis Sardinas led off the inning with a pinch hit single, and Margot and Aybar followed suit to load the bases. Disaster nearly struck when Wil Myers grounded into a double play, but Sardinas still managed to score. Then David Phelps didn’t want to face Yangervis Solarte and gave him a free pass. That brought Hedges to the plate, and boy did he deliver.

Brad Hand gave up a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth, but it didn’t make a difference, because Hedges was the man with the moonshot tonight.

Jered Weaver will look for his first win in Padres colors tomorrow night. First pitch at 5:40 PM.