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Padres 3, Rangers 2: Ross gets 8th inning support

MLB: San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres bounce back from yesterdays loss against the Rangers with a late-inning win. Though the Rangers tagged Ross twice, a big 8th inning put the Padres on top and kept them there.

Ross had a fair start through 6 innings, allowing only two runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, both solo home runs. Outside of that, he gave up 5 hits and struck out 5, issuing 3 walks. He left in the 7th inning with 100 pitches thrown and no run support, his third start in a row without any. Thankfully, the Padres bullpen were on their A-game today.

Matt Strahm, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand combined for 3 scoreless innings, with Strahm giving up only a single hit, Hand giving up 2, and all 3 of them combining for a total of 6 strikeouts - Yates performing a 12-pitch 3-up-3-down 3-strikeout inning.

The Padres struck in the 8th inning, starting off with a Travis Jankowski walk. Eric Hosmer got on base with a single, and Wil Myers drove Jankowski in with a double. With Hosmer on third, Christian Villanueva got him home with a sac fly. The Padres’ go-ahead run was thanks to a Hunter Renfroe RBI-double.

The Padres have a chance to take the series with a win tomorrow, Clayton Richard takes the mound.