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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Clayton Richard was perfect through five until the sixth when he lost control.  Via @Padres on Twitter

July 3, 2018 (Oakland) - After a decent series against the Pirates at home, the Padres traveled north for some interleague play against the Athletics.  Clayton Richard started against Chris Bassitt for the Athletics.

Both teams loaded the bases in two innings, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities.  There was no scoring until the fifth when the Padres got the Athletics to Padres when Eric Hosmer hit a sac groundout (previously a single for Hosmer, but the call was overturned), allowing Travis Jankowski to score.  Wil Myers added insurance with a line drive double to left that scored Manuel Margot to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

But the Padres Padres’d.  In the sixth, the Athletics loaded the bases and Jed Lowrie made Richard pay with a line drive three-RBI double to left to help the Athletics jump out in front.  Khris Davis followed up with an RBI single that scored Lowrie.  Mark Canha came in with the stabbing and launched a solo homer to right and the Athletics struck for five runs in the sixth to go up 5-2.

Chad Pinder added another solo homer in the seventh with a high towering hit to left for the Athletics’ second home run of the night to take game one with a 6-2 win.

Game two will be a Fourth of July matinee at 1:05 p.m.  Luis Perdomo starts against Sean Manaea for the Athletics.


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