SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie José Azocar singled home Manny Machado with two outs and the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift San Diego to a 3-2 win against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
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Machado, the NL’s hottest hitter, started the inning as the automatic runner on second base and advanced on Jurickson Profar’s groundout. Miguel Sánchez (0-1) then intentionally walked Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers to load the bases before Kim Ha-seong lined out to shortstop Luis Urias, a former Padres player. Azocar then lined a single to center to bring in Machado.
The Padres won their fifth straight game.
The Brewers loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th before Luis Garcia (3-2) got Andrew McCutchen to ground into a 1-2-3 double play. Rowdy Tellez then grounded out.
Machado, who came in with an NL-best .367 batting average, struck out with the potential winning run on third to end the ninth and flied out with the bases loaded to end the seventh.
San Diego climbed out of a 2-0 deficit on Jorge Alfaro’s RBI groundout in the fifth and Trent Grisham’s RBI bunt single in the seventh that brought in Myers, who hit a leadoff double.
Tyrone Taylor hit a two-run double for Milwaukee off Nick Martinez in the second.
The Brewers threatened again in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs. But then Martinez retired the next three batters, including when shortstop Jake Cronenworth made a spectacular diving stop of Kolten Wong’s grounder and threw him out to end the threat.
Cronenworth made another nice play in the sixth on Taylor’s grounder to start an inning-ending double play.
Martinez allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked three.
Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser held San Diego to one run and three hits in six innings, struck out four and walked two.
Tennis great “Rocket” Rod Laver and former Los Angeles Dodgers and Padres star Steve Garvey were among the guests in the owner’s box. Laver, the last man to win the calendar-year Grand Slam, has lived in northern San Diego County for several years. Garvey finished his career with the Padres. His walk-off homer in Game 4 of the 1984 NLCS remains one of the biggest hits in the history of the Padres, who clinched their first pennant the next day. The Padres retired his No. 6 on April 16, 1988.
Brewers: Placed RHP Freddy Peralta on the 15-day injured list with a right lat strain and closer Josh Hader on the family medical emergency list. Recalled RHP Trevor Kelley and RHP Miguel Sánchez from Triple-A Nashville. Manager Craig Counsell said Hader will miss the entire three-game series at San Diego to be with his wife, who is expecting their first child. “Josh’s wife has had complications with her pregnancy and they’re at a stage where Josh did not feel comfortable leaving,” Counsell said.
Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (1-2, 2.26 ERA), the 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner, and Padres LHP Blake Snell (0-1, 7.36), who won the AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay in 2018, are scheduled to start Tuesday night in the middle game of the series.
TOP PHOTO: Milwaukee Brewers’ Hunter Renfroe, left, reaches home plate on an RBI-double hit by Tyrone Taylor against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, May 23, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)
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