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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: El Cajon native, Grossmont High School and USD grad A.J. Griffin threw a complete game shutout against the Padres on Tuesday. Via @Rangers on Twitter
May 9, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres had a rare Tuesday day game today on the last day of a home-at-home against the Texas Rangers after a great offensive showing last night. El Cajon native, Grossmont High and USD grad A.J. Griffin started on the mound for the Rangers against Jered Weaver.
Like every Padres game, this was the exact opposite of last night’s. It started in the very first inning. Nomar Mazara doubled and two scored, then Ryan Rua knocked out a three-run homer to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead out of the gate.
The Padres thought that was enough, but Joey Gallo didn't. He blasted a two-run homer for his 11th of the year in the third and the Rangers added two more to go up 7-0.
An error in the fourth by Allen Cordoba allowed Shin-Soo Choo to come home and make the score 8-0.
Gallo drove one more in in the seventh with a single that scored Carlos Gomez and the Rangers led 9-0. Robinson Chirinos hit the third Texas homer of the afternoon with a two-run bomb to left field and the Rangers moved to 11-0.
The Padres start the second half of the home-at-home in Arlington tomorrow. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. and Luis Perdomo starts against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.
- Matt Szczur added to roster
- Jabari Blash optioned to AAA