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Darvish retires seven as Padres beat Giants 3-1

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Victor Caratini has been a refreshing addition, no?

MLB: San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

After a rough debut for the former Cubs ace, Yu Darvish took it to the Giants on Tuesday night, striking out seven and allowing three hits with a solo home run to help the Fernando Tatis-less Padres tie up the series with San Francisco with a 3-1 victory.

Speaking of Tatis, the Padres fan base was finally able to exhale after the superstar’s exam wound up being “uneventful”, according to general manager A.J. Preller. Per The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, Tatis is headed to the 10-Day IL where he’s rehab without surgery while the team hopes to have him back within that timeframe.

Victor Caratini joined his former Chicago teammate in being a driving force for last night’s win, as well. With the score knotted at 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Caratini recorded his first home run as a Padre with a two-run deep shot, bringing home Ha-Seong Kim for the 3-1 lead. Caratini is currently hitting .308 with seven RBIs, good for seventh in the majors.

The Padres relievers also deserve some much-deserved praise after closing out this game with a squeaky-clean performance. Keone Kela struck out two in his lone inning and the duo of Emilio Pagan and Mark Melancon each K’d one as all three combined to allow zero hits after Darvish retired for the night.

The Padres (4-2) will be back at Petco this afternoon for the series finale against the Giants (2-3). Blake Snell will be back on the mound in hopes of continuing the strong start to his Padres career.