D-backs fall to Padres in 11 innings after Jorge Alfaro’s walk-off single
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jorge Alfaro singled home the winning run with one out in the 11th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Following an intentional walk to Eric Hosmer, Alfaro singled through the left side off Ian Kennedy (3-4) to score pinch-runner Jose Azocar from second base.
Tim Hill (2-0) retired Carson Kelly with the bases loaded to end the top of the 11th.
Hosmer hit a tying homer in the sixth for the Padres, who played their second game without Manny Machado since the star third baseman sprained his left ankle Sunday at Colorado.
Ha-Seong Kim had an early RBI double to help San Diego erase a 2-0 deficit.
The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the third against starter Sean Manaea. After a one-out walk to Geraldo Perdomo, Jordan Luplow hit a sinking line drive to center that onrushing outfielder Trent Grisham tried to catch with a dive. But he came up just short, and the ball bounded past him and rolled to the wall.
Luplow scored easily on his first career inside-the-park home run and the first for the Diamondbacks since Kole Calhoun hit one on Aug. 5, 2020, against Houston.
The Padres narrowed their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom half against Arizona starter Zac Gallen. C.J. Abrams singled and scored from first on Kim’s double to left-center.
Hosmer homered to center off Gallen with two outs in the sixth.
Manaea allowed two runs and four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Gallen struck out 11 in six innings, giving up two runs and five hits.
Diamondbacks: 2B Buddy Kennedy exited in the fourth with left wrist discomfort.
Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove was cleared to come off the COVID-19 injured list but not activated yet. Musgrove was put on the IL on June 17 after he tested positive. He worked out Tuesday at Petco Park ahead of his scheduled start Thursday.
Two days after Machado’s ankle sprain, he remains bruised and sore but has not been put on the IL. The Padres remain optimistic about getting him back soon. “I wouldn’t put anything past Manny at this point,” acting manager Ryan Christenson said. “Especially since he’s up there moving around a little bit on it. … It’s very encouraging the way he’s bounced back so far.”
If the Padres determine Machado’s absence will linger for 10 days or more, an IL stint could be backdated to Monday, so long as the team makes that move before Thursday’s game against the Phillies.
PADRES CHANGE ACTING MANAGER
Christenson said manager Bob Melvin, who has been in COVID-19 protocol since June 11, is expected back at the helm Wednesday for the series finale. Christenson entered protocols the same day as Melvin and was cleared to return to the team Monday — the last game Ryan Flaherty filled in as acting manager.
Diamondbacks LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-6, 3.45 ERA) starts the series finale Wednesday afternoon against RHP Mike Clevinger (1-0, 3.79). Bumgarner needs four strikeouts to reach 2,000 for his career.