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Padres avoid sweep by throttling Giants 11-1

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MLB: San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Jake Cronenworth each went yard in the second inning and the Padres put together a 16-hit performance to rout the Giants 11-1 on Sunday afternoon to avoid getting swept in the series. The Padres (19-16) are currently in sole-possession of second place in the NL West just 1.5 games behind San Francisco (20-14) after the Dodgers (18-17) dropped their latest contest against the Angels.

Starter Chris Paddack pitched an even four innings and finished with just as many strikeouts with a single walk. Ryan Weathers followed and provided a similar performance, pitching three innings and striking out three while earning the win.

Trent Grisham joined Tatis and Cronenworth with a pair of RBIs against the Giants. Ha-Seong Kim, Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, and Jorge Mateo each drove in a run, as well. Hosmer, who finished the day three-of-five at the plate, remains the only Padre hitting above .300 in 2021.

San Francisco got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a sacrifice fly by shortstop Brandon Crawford to score first baseman Brandon Belt.

The Padres are now in Colorado for a three-game series against the Rockies that begins today at 5:40 p.m. Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his third start of the year against Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.76 ERA).