Diamondbacks bullpen falters late in loss to Padres in San Diego

Aug 7, 2021, 10:19 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Josh VanMeter, right top, throws to first base after forcing ou...

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Josh VanMeter, right top, throws to first base after forcing out San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, right bottom, at second base on a double play hit into by Padres' Tommy Pham during the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

(AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night but failed to get Yu Darvish the win after he struck out 12.

Darvish matched his season strikeout high and didn’t walk a batter in seven brilliant innings while holding Arizona to two runs and four hits. He left with the score tied at 2. San Diego had two on with one out in the seventh before Tommy Pham grounded into a double play.

But the Padres broke through in the eighth. Adam Frazier hit a leadoff single against Brett de Geus (2-1) and stole second without a throw. Machado then singled to bring in Frazier. Joe Mantiply walked Trent Grisham with the bases loaded, and pinch-hitter Austin Nola followed with a two-run single.

Drew Pomeranz (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

Machado and Eric Hosmer homered for the Padres, who blew a 5-0 lead in the series opener Friday night and lost 8-5.

Darvish’s only big mistake was allowing Christian Walker’s two-run homer to left-center with one out in the second, his fifth, for a 2-1 lead. Kole Calhoun was aboard on a leadoff walk.

Hosmer tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff shot down the right-field line, his eighth. Machado homered to left with two outs in the first, his 21st.

The Padres loaded the bases against Taylor Widener with no outs in the fourth and failed to score. Victor Caratini popped up to shortstop and Darvish grounded into a double play.

Widener allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out seven and walked two.


A matchup of left-handers as Madison Bumgarner (6-6, 4.57 ERA) of the Diamondbacks and Blake Snell (4-4, 5.44) of the Padres bring the series to a close Sunday.

Bumgarner is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts since coming off the injured list July 16. Snell will try to win consecutive starts for the first time this year.

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