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SD 5, TEX 1: Pads take first of split 4-game series

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Home runs, home runs, home runs, and great pitching.

MLB: Texas Rangers at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A fun reunion vibe filled the air in San Diego. Former Friars and Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner entered their former ballpark donning the uniforms of the enemy. Friendly chats were exchanged before the Padres prepped to bounce back from their small losing skid.

In the pitching world, Trevor Cahill has been dealing in Petco Park. Tonight, he threw a one-hitter in just over 5 innings. In those 5 innings, he struck out 7, issued a high 5 walks, but allowed 0 runs. He was worked to about 101 pitches, throwing 56 of them for strikes. Brad Hand took over and allowed a rare run on a homer to Sin-Soo Choo.

The Friars were swinging. Austin Hedges opened up the scoring in the 2nd with an RBI-single to bring home Ryan Schimpf. Manuel Margot followed up with an RBI-single of his own, scoring Hedges. The following inning, Ryan Schimpf blasted his 9th home run of the season:

Hedges returned to bring some pain with a solo HR of his own, his 7th of the season now. The home run bug was in the dugout by then, and Cory Spangenberg came up in the 7th to notch his first homer of the season, a solo shot to right field.

The late-inning 1-2 punch of Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer (hurling a brutal 1-2-3 inning) provided the 2 final scoreless innings of the night, and the Padres surgically cut through the Rangers for the decisive 5-1 victory.