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San Diego Padres blank Texas Rangers to complete three-game sweep

Apr 11, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Adrian Morejon (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers  at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Adrian Morejon (50) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Grisham lined a homer into the right field seats leading off the fourth inning against Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz to break up a scoreless game and seven San Diego pitchers shut out Texas on five hits Sunday as the visiting Padres scored a 2-0 win to complete a three-game sweep of the Rangers.

Foltynewicz (0-2) allowed only two hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings.

Manny Machado led off the ninth with a home run off former Padre Ian Kennedy after the Rangers left seven runners stranded on the bases in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

Padres starter Adrian Morejon faced only three hitters before leaving the game with two outs in the first inning with a strain to his left elbow and forearm. He will be re-evaluated Monday.

Six Padres relievers worked the final 8 2/3 innings, allowing 10 baserunners but no runs as the Padres recorded their third shutout of the season.

Craig Stammen (1-1) followed the injured Morejon and allowed a hit and a walk with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings and was credited with the win. Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

The Rangers, who were victims of a Joe Musgrove no-hitter Friday night, scored four runs in the three games while hitting .133 (12-for-90) against a steady diet of off-speed pitches.

The Padres had only five hits in the finale — the Grisham and Machado homers, a seventh-inning single by Hosmer and a Wil Myers double and Jake Cronenworth single after Machado’s homer in the ninth.

After leaving two runners on in both the sixth and the seventh, the Rangers couldn’t score despite getting two hits and two walks in the bottom of the eighth against Emilio Pagan. Eli White opened the inning with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second with one out. After Nick Solak singled, Nate Lowe and Jose Trevino drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.

But after opening with two straight balls to pinch-hitter Ronald Guzman, Pagan threw three straight strikes to fan Guzman to end the threat.

–Field Level Media