Fernando Tatis Jr. sent a deep shot 440 yards over the left field way for a two-run homer to spur the team’s comeback from an early 3-0 deficit and the Padres finished the game on a 5-1 run through the final five innings to top the Athletics 7-4 in game one of their two-game stint in Petco Park.
Behind Tatis, Manny Machado hit his own three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to give the Padres their biggest lead of the day.
After Chris Paddack struck out six in as many innings, the group of Emilio Pagan, Tim Hill, Drew Pomeranz, and Mark Melancon combined to allow just one run and finish out yesterday’s game with comfort. Melancon recorded his 31st save of the season.
A’s catcher Sean Murphy recorded a solo home run in the top of the eighth but that’s all the offense Oakland could muster for a potential comeback.
Game two will start a bit earlier today at 1:10 p.m. Blake Snell (4-3, 4.93 ERA) will start opposite Sean Manaea (7-6, 3.16 ERA).