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After a mysterious five-game skid that included a 26-inning scoreless streak, the new-look San Diego Padres finally played the way they wanted to after last week’s blockbuster trade that brought Juan Soto to town.
Manny Machado hit a game-ending, three-run homer and Soto connected on his first long ball with the Padres, overcoming Josh Hodder’s blown save to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-4 on Tuesday night.
Machado capped the night in dramatic fashion with a one-out shot off Tyler Rogers (2-4), a half-inning after Hader allowed three runs to tie the game for the Giants.
“We’re looking for something to spark our offense and our big guys got some big hits tonight,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. “Certainly not more than Manny, he has a flair for the dramatic. We all know that. It’s good to put it away after we see it at age nine.”
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The Padres started their winning rally when Jurrickson hit a one-out single on proffer Rogers and Soto hit catcher’s interference. Machado then drove his 20th homer into left field and was greeted by a wild celebration at home plate.
“We definitely broke that ice today offensively, defensively,” Machado said. “Our staff, too. You know, we had a little trouble at nine, but overall I think it was a good, productive day for us.”
The Padres, whose offense has looked woeful in two straight shutouts since acquiring Soto and Josh Bell from Washington. He hadn’t scored since the fourth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Hader blew the save in his first chance with the Padres, allowing three runs in the ninth as the Giants tied it at 4. He walked two and allowed Evan Longoria’s tying sacrifice fly.
Proffer, the left fielder, made a great diving catch on Longoria’s fly ball to save multiple runs. Hodder faced seven batters and struck out just two on 37 pitches before giving way to Tim Hill (3-0), who struck out Joc Pederson.
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Hader was trying for his major league-leading 30th save. The All-Star lefty was acquired by Milwaukee on Aug. 1, a day before the Padres landed Soto and Bell in a massive deal with the Nationals.
“You pick up your teammates,” Melvin said. “Hodder is going to close out a lot of games for us. Some things are kind of purposeful. We’ll go back and get him. That’s what good teammates do.”
Soto led off the fourth with a homer deep into the right field seats to tie the game at 1 and end San Diego’s scoreless streak. He watched the ball leave the yard and threw down his bat as he began his trot. It was his 22nd of the season.
“It’s very exciting, a moment like that to get the team going,” Soto said. “It was really special to me.”
It was special that he did it at Petco Park, where fans have welcomed Soto as the shock the Padres need heading into October.
“Incredible. I love the energy they bring every day, so why not do it here?” Soto said.
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When the heart of the order came in the sixth, Soto hit a leadoff double into the right field corner, advanced on Machado’s single to left and Bell’s single to center scored the go-ahead run. Jake Cronenworth added a sacrifice fly.
Bell doubled and scored on Kim Ha-seong’s ground-rule double in the eighth for a 4-1 lead.
Right-hander Joe Musgrove held the Giants to one run and four on six hits and no walks over seven innings.
Musgrove allowed Lamonte Wade Jr.’s solo homer with two outs in the first, his fifth.
Giants starter Alex Cobb allowed three runs and six hits in five-plus innings, striking out seven and walking two.
Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a double, tripled and walked twice in the third game of his rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio. He was scheduled to play CF but played SS because of the slick outfield grass. The Padres expect the rehab assignment to last 7-10 days. His fractured left wrist was surgically repaired in mid-March. … C Jorge Alfaro should be able to avoid a sprained right knee that forced him out of Monday night’s game, Melvin said.
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