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Story by Liz Alper
Photo: Rocky Gale hit his first major league home run tonight, but it wasn't enough as the Padres lost a lead and a sweep. Via @Padres on Twitter
September 20, 2017 (San Diego) - We say this every fall, but we wish the Padres had played like this over the summer. Well, enjoy fun while it lasts. Robbie Ray started tonight’s series finale for the Dbacks against Dinelson Lamet.
Two home runs came in the first and second innings from the Diamondbacks by Jake Lamb and David Peralta, but Padres callup Rocky Gale erased the lead with a two-run blast, his first home run as a big leaguer, in the home half of the second to tie the game.
Hunter Renfroe assumed his usual position and gave the Padres the 4-2 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer.
He did it again in the fifth with a solo shot that forced Ray out of the game. He was replaced by J.J. Hoover, who almost got through the inning, but not without another solo blast, this time from Christian Villanueva and the Padres led 6-2.
The Diamondbacks started a rally in the sixth with a double by Ketel Marte for an RBI. Paul Goldschmidt hit a sac fly to score Peralta. And just like that, the lead was gone. And guess who did the deed? J.D. Martinez launched a two-run homer to right to tie the game. Lamet’s night was done. Kyle McGrath came in and mopped things up, but we were tied at six.
The Padres threatened, but it would be the Diamondbacks who took the lead as Peralta doubled to left to score Chris Hermann in the seventh to take a 7-6 lead.
Archie Bradley looped a hit to center in the eighth that should have been a single, but thanks to an error by Manuel Margot, ended up being a two-run RBI triple that gave the Dbacks a 9-6 lead.
Goldschmidt added unneeded, but still good insurance in the ninth with a single that scored Marte and A.J. Pollock made another appearance and hit a three-run homer that sealed the sweep avoidance for the snakes. Renfroe tried to start a rally with his hat trick homer of the night in the Padres’ half of the ninth, but a twin killing ended the ballgame and the Dbacks avoided the sweep with a 13-7 win.
We just saw the Rockies, but they’re coming to San Diego tomorrow night for a four-game weekend series. What fun. Tyler Anderson will start for the Rockies tomorrow at 7:10 p.m. against Clayton Richard.
- Clayton Richard extended through 2019