Soto, Machado homer as Padres beat Diamondbacks 6-1
PHOENIX (AP) — Juan Soto homered for the first time in three weeks and Yu Darvish pitched six scoreless innings, helping the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Sunday.
Soto had three hits and two RBIs in San Diego’s third straight win. He walked and scored on Manny Machado’s 29th homer in the first. He connected for a solo drive in the fifth, singled in the eighth and doubled in the ninth.
Soto, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Washington on Aug. 2, hit just .089 (5 for 56) in his previous 17 games. It was the second time Soto and Machado homered in the same game as teammates.
San Diego (81-66) moved a half-game ahead of Philadelphia for the second NL wild card. The Phillies lost 5-2 to Atlanta on Sunday.
Darvish (15-7) allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked one in his fifth straight win. He improved to 4-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Ketel Marte hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to account for Arizona’s only run. The Diamondbacks finished with four hits.
Arizona right-hander Ryne Nelson (1-1) allowed four runs, three earned, and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.
The 24-year-old Nelson, a second-round pick in the 2019 amateur draft, pitched 13 scoreless innings over his first two big league starts.
Darvish retired his first 13 hitters before losing a perfect game and a no-hitter on consecutive batters in the fifth. Ketel Marte walked with one out before Corbin Carroll dropped a single into short left field.
Darvish misplayed a routine roller back to the mound for an error that loaded the bases with two outs, but he struck out Geraldo Perdomo looking on a slider to end the inning.
Machado and Soto previously homered in the same game Aug. 9 in a 7-4 victory over San Francisco. Soto’s homer in the fifth against Arizona was his first since Aug. 28 at Kansas City and No. 25 overall on the year.
MIXING IT UP
Darvish used five different pitches to record his eight strikeouts. He got three on four-seam fastballs, two on split-finger fastballs and one each on a two-seam fastball, a cut fastball and a slider.
The slider that caught Perdomo looking to end the fifth was Darvish’s third slider of the game.
Diamondbacks: Nelson was removed after being struck in the right arm on a line drive by Brandon Drury that caromed to second baseman Marte, who threw to first for the first out in the fifth. … RHP Keynan Middleton (sprained toe) was placed on the 15-day injured list. RHP Luis Frias was recalled from Triple-A Reno.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (12-6, 3.01 ERA) faces Dodgers LHP Tyler Anderson (15-3, 2.62 ERA) on Monday night in the first of an extended five-game series that includes one game that was postponed from the first week. Arizona is 3-11 against the Dodgers this season.