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Padres blast pair of homers to cruise past D-backs 5-1

Make it 2-0 for Jayce Tingler as the team’s manager.

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The San Diego Padres once again distanced themselves from the Arizona Diamondbacks with a handful of clutch hits to give them a 5-1 victory at Petco Park to stay undefeated on the young season.

Padres starter Dinelson Lamet was stellar through the five innings he worked, allowing a single run and striking out eight. He hit 100 mph on his fast ball in the first inning, which is the fastest he’s ever thrown in his career.

The D-backs’ Robbie Ray had an impressive run through three innings until he let up the first home run by the Padres in 2020 to give them the lead their lead that was never relinquished.

The Diamondbacks were the first on the board when DH Christian Walker doubled to left which sent CF Starling Marte home after he hit a single to start the inning. The Padres will lucky enough to limit the damage after RF Kole Calhoun almost brought Walker home on the next at-bat.

In the bottom of the fourth, the DH Wil Myers’ three-run homer was set up by 1B Tommy Pham getting walked to start things off and RF Ty France singling to right which also pushed Pham to third. With a 2-2 count, Myers fired a 396-foot shot to left field to elevate the Padres to a 3-1 lead.

3B Manny Machado would later extend the Padres’ lead to four runs after hitting a shot to left field, immediately capitalizing on the ground rule double that SS Fernando Tatis Jr. recorded on the previous at-bat. Oddly enough, each of their hits landed within roughly 20 feet of each other.

The D-backs were polished off quickly by CL Kirby Yates who struck out the final two batters on the night after only needed an efficient nine pitches to close this one out.

San Diego was led offensively by the home runs of Myers and Machado while five other players recorded a single hit. Pham recorded another two stolen bases to bring his total to four on the season. This is the first time Pham has recorded multiple stolen bases in back-to-back games.

Arizona was led once again by Calhoun who finished with the team’s only RBI on 1-of-3 hitting.

The Padres host the Diamondbacks for the third match of their four-game series tomorrow at 1:10pm PT at Petco Park.