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Machado makes MVP case in 6-1 win over Mariners

MLB: San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Machado hit a pair of home runs, batting in four of the Padres six runs, and Chris Paddack allow just one hit on Friday night in a 6-1 victory over the Mariners at Petco Park.

Trent Grisham was behind San Diego’s first two runs scored on the evening with the first coming on a wild pitch from Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi that allowed Grisham to sprint through home in the top of the third inning. One inning later, Grisham grounded out into a fielder’s choice which brought home Tommy Pham in his first game back after injuring his hand late last month.

Machado broke the game open with his 15th home of the year just one batter later, which tied him with the team lead alongside Fernando Tatis Jr. This one was a three-run shot that pushed their lead to a comfortable five runs.

The Mariners finally got on the board in the eighth inning with a solo home run by 1B Evan White. The 24-year old finished 2-of-3 at the plate with a run scored and a strikeout.

Machado took the team lead in home runs with this 16th of the year in the final inning, notching the 16th time he’s gone yard in 2020. He’s now tied for third in the majors in that category while now sitting fifth in RBIs with 45.

San Diego starter Chris Paddack worked six innings, allowing just a single run and striking out three. Relievers Pierce Johnson and Trevor Rosenthal closed out the final two innings while both recorded a pair of Ks.

Tonight’s game has a start time of 6:10pm. Mike Clevinger (2-1) is your starter, and he’ll be facing left-hander Justus Sheffield.