Manny Machado launched a three-run homer in the opening inning and Blake Snell K’d six en route to beating the Giants 6-2 to earn the first-year Padres’ first win of the 2021 season. With the victory, the Friars clinch the series against San Francisco and effectively even their record with the Dodgers at 16-12. Both now sit just half of a game behind the Giants for the top spot in the NL West.
Snell cruised through the game’s first four innings before he started to unravel in the fifth. Giants shortstop Mauricio Dubon took the fourth pitch of the inning over the left field fence to get San Francisco on the board. Two outs later, left fielder Darin Ruf then drove in a run to shrink the Padres’ lead to one.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jurickson Profar cranked his first home run of the season, a solo shot, to give the Friars a bit more breathing room at 4-2.
With two outs on the board, Jake Cronenworth hit a two-RBI single that drove home both Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer to reach the game's final score of 6-2.
Joe Musgrove (2-2, 1.24 ERA) is back on the mound later today to face San Francisco's Kevin Gausman (1-0, 2.14 ERA). A win today would give the Padres at least a share of the division lead. Opening pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.