For whatever reason, the Padres (18-12) just have the number for the teams from Texas. After being on the wrong end of five-straight against the Dodgers and D-backs, San Diego has rattled off seven-straight wins that have come against the Rangers and now the Astros.
In a 5-3 contest that saw a pair of three-run innings per team prior to a game-winning homer from Manny Machado in the eighth, a six-man effort from the bullpen was the difference as they blanked Houston for the final eight innings. The group, led by Luis Patino’s two innings of work, also didn’t allow a single hit through the final three innings to secure the W.
Appartently it’s bad luck for the Astros to get on the board first because that’s been the case the last three days and it hasn’t ended well for them each time. SS Carlos Correa recorded a base hit to score CF George Springer to open things up before LF Kyle Tucker hit a two-run shot to give the ‘Stros an early 3-0 lead.
The Padres returned Houston’s three-run inning in the first with a three-run inning of their own in the fourth. A combination of four hits, led by a big double by Eric Hosmer, and walk by Wil Myers evened things at 3-3.
That score stayed put into the bottom of the eighth until Manny Machado added on to his hot streak at the plate with his eighth deep shot of the season.
The game changer we knew he'd be. pic.twitter.com/P7htGvcSXd— Slam Diego Padres (@Padres) August 23, 2020
Emilio Pagan closed things out by retiring the final three in a row for the Astros.
San Diego has the day off tomorrow as they prepare for a three-game series with the 11-19 Mariners. Game one begins at 6:10pm with Chris Paddack (2-2) on the mound. He’ll be facing left Marco Gonzalez (2-2).