The Padres scored six runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding 6-2 and proceeded to score six more on the night as San Diego split the two-game with Arizona behind a 12-3 routing on Wednesday evening.
The Friars improved their record to 14-12 while the D-Backs fell back to .500 at 12-12.
Despite the plethora of runs and exciting plays, the Padres look to have lost promising yougnster Ryan Weathers after he exited early with an apparent forearm injury after one scoreless inning. He came into tonight’s game with a 0.59 ERA. Aaron Northcraft was the third reliever out of the bullpen and recorded his first major league victory.
The Padres tied the game at 2-2 early in the fifth when Ha-Seong Kim laced a base hit into deep right field. Both Jurickson Profar and Victor Caratini managed to score thanks to a fielding error by right fielder Josh Rojas. Fernando Tatis Jr., who finished two-of-four on the night, drove Kim in from second before Manny Machado struck one deep into the right field corner for a triple which emptied the bases for three more runs.
Machado’s three RBIs led the team while Tatis, Caratini, and Kim each had two runs driven in.
Jake Cronenworth hit his first career pinch-hit home run (second HR in 2021) in the sixth and Jorge Mateo blasted his first homer of the season later in the ninth.
The Arizona bullpen struggled for most of the night. They didn’t record their first strikeout until the sixth inning, finishing with just four.
The Padres get the day off today and will be back in Petco Park tomorrow to start a three-game series with the Giants (16-9). San Francisco is currently second in the NL West. Opening pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.