Joe Musgrove pitched a no-hitter into the sixth, Fernando Tatis Jr. had three doubles and four RBIs and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 10-1 on Thursday.
Recently acquired Gary Sánchez homered for the second consecutive day, helping San Diego to 11 hits after being limited to a two-hitter by three Miami pitchers Wednesday. The Padres finished 5-4 on their nine-game road trip.
Projected for a postseason berth after their run to the NL Championship Series in 2022, the Padres struggled to a 25-30 record the first two months.
‘We have to keep pushing and trusting each other,’ Tatis said. ‘We know what we have and we´re just going to keep fighting until we make it happen.’
Benefitting from a nine-run lead, Musgrove (3-2) kept Miami hitless until Luis Arraez´s leadoff infield single. The right-hander allowed a third-inning run, three hits, walked three and struck out three over six innings.
San Diego Padres’ Joe Musgrove delivers a pitch during the first inning vs the Miami Marlins
After Arraez´s single, the Marlins loaded the bases against Musgrove with no outs. Musgrove induced a double play grounder that began with a force at home and then struck out Yuli Gurriel.
‘As a pitcher, especially when I´m feeling as good as I am, having a couple of runs of support early in the game is huge,’ Musgrove said. ‘The better you throw you start to build a little more confidence.’
The 30-year-old Musgrove became the first and remains the only Padres pitcher to throw a no-hitter with his outing against the Texas Rangers April 9, 2021.
Consecutive doubles from Ha-Seong Kim and Tatis in the fourth helped erase an eight-inning hitless skid for the Padres and tied it at 1-all. Xander Bogaerts´ groundout advanced Tatis to third and Brandon Dixon´s sacrifice fly put San Diego ahead.
Sánchez´s solo shot in the fifth made it 3-1. Claimed off waivers Monday, Sánchez drove Marlins´ starter Jesús Luzardo´s fastball over the wall in left. The two-time All-Star has hit safely in the three games since joining his new club, Sanchez´s third in two months.
‘He moved around quite a bit and now he feels he´s in a good place to be able to produce,’ Padres manager Bob Melvin said. ‘He has the ability to obviously drive the ball and do some good things offensively. We saw it again today.’
San Diego broke it open and chased Luzardo with a seven-run sixth. Sánchez´s two-run single and Tatis´ three-RBI double keyed the outburst.
‘Our approach was great,’ Melvin said. ‘We had a certain approach that we stuck to even though it didn´t work for the first three innings today. Then we had guys on base and tried to move the line.’
Luzardo (4-4) gave up five runs, four hits, struck out eight and walked one in 5 1/3 innings.
‘He looked good the first three or four innings, but then the pitch count went up,’ Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said. ‘And he got hurt by the higher pitch count and maybe a couple of pitches he wants back but a pretty good outing for the most part.’
The Marlins took an early lead on Arraez´s sacrifice fly in the third. Jonathan Davis reached on a leadoff walk then stole second and advanced after catcher Austin Nola´s throwing error. Joey Wendle walked before Arraez´s fly ball to medium left scored Davis.
Miami catcher Jacob Stallings pitched a scoreless ninth around Tatis´ third double.
Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. hits a ground rule double scoring Ha-Seong Kim, during the fourth
RED SOX 8, REDS 2
Rafael Devers doubled to break an eighth-inning tie and the Boston Red Sox overcame Chris Sale’s early exit because of shoulder soreness to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Thursday night.
Sale departed after manager Alex Cora and a member of the training staff visited the mound twice in the fourth inning. Sale came out with two out after walking Nick Senzel, with Boston trailing 1-0.
Sale struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old left-hander has struggled to stay healthy during the majority of his time in Boston, undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2020. The last time he made it through an entire season without making a trip to the injured list was 2017.
Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale, walks to the dugout after being removed during the fourth inning
METS 4, PHILLIES 2
Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, Max Scherzer overcame a shaky first inning to win his third straight decision and New York completed a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Trailing 2-0, Jeff McNeil hit an RBI single in the third and Canha homered in the fourth against former Met Taijuan Walker (4-3).
The Mets improved to 30-27. Philadelphia (25-31) dropped a season-worst six games under .500. The Phillies are on their fourth losing streak of four or more games.
Scherzer (5-2) fell behind 2-0 in the first after Trea Turner singled with one out and Bryce Harper walked. A double steal led to a run when catcher Francisco Álvarez´s throw skipped into left field for an error, and Nick Castellanos, who had three of the Phillies’ six hits, followed with a sacrifice fly.
Scherzer gave up two runs – one earned – and five hits in seven inning, striking out nine and walking one.
New York Mets batter Mark Canha holds on a pitch for a walk in the sixth inning of baseball
DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 5
Corbin Carroll had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning and Arizona moved into a tie with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers for a share of the NL West lead.
Gabriel Moreno walked with one out against Pierce Johnson (0-2), and Ketel Marte doubled with two outs, moving Moreno to third. With first base open and Christian Walker on deck, the Rockies decided to pitch to Carroll, and he came through with a liner for his first career walk-off hit.
Kevin Ginkel (2-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to help Arizona win its fifth straight and improve to 34-23 to match the Dodgers for the best record in the National League.
Ezequiel Tovar homered leading off the seventh for Colorado.
Arizona Diamondbacks mob Corbin Carroll, middle, after he drove in two runs with a single
BLUE JAYS 3, BREWERS 1
Kevin Gausman pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season, Bo Bichette and Matt Chapman homered and Toronto dealt Milwaukee its fifth loss in seven games.
Gausman (4-3) struck out 11, giving him 100 on the season and reclaiming the AL lead from Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani (90). Gausman allowed five hits and walked two. Jordan Romano earned his 13th save in 16 chances.
Bichette and Chapman both connected off Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta (5-5) in a three-run first inning.
Peralta allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, his second straight losing decision.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) throws against the Milwaukee Brewers
TWINS 7, GUARDIANS 6
Royce Lewis hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Willi Castro had a game-ending sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the ninth as Minnesota rallied past Cleveland.
Eli Morgan (2-1) walked Christian Vázquez to start the ninth. Jorge Polanco followed with a double. After an intentional walk, with the infield drawn in, Castro poked a perfectly placed fly ball to right field that was plenty deep enough to score Vázquez.
Gabriel Arias and Will Brennan each had two hits for Cleveland.
Emilio Pagán pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and Griffin Jax (3-6) worked a perfect ninth for the victory for the Twins, who got a home run from Michael Taylor to lead off a four-hit fifth against rookie Tanner Bibee.
Twins’ Royce Lewis runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Guardians
ASTROS 4, ANGLES 2
Alex Bregman and José Abreu had two RBIs each and Kyle Tucker added three hits to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night in a game during which Angels manager Phil Nevin was ejected.
The victory was the 2,126th of manager Dusty Baker´s career, moving him past Joe McCarthy into sole possession of eighth place on baseball’s all-time list.
Houston´s Ronel Blanco (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land before the game, allowed seven hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings for the win in his first major league start. The 29-year-old has made 16 career relief appearances.
Post source: Daily mail