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San Diego Padres squeak by rival Giants

Apr 30, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella (18) is tagged out by San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (R) after grounding out during the fifth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella (18) is tagged out by San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (R) after grounding out during the fifth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Jurickson Profar snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the sixth Friday night as the host San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2.

The Giants had loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on a Mauricio Dubon single and back-to-walks by Padres starter Yu Darvish, but Padres reliever Tim Hill struck out two with the bases-loaded after Giants pinch-hitter Darin Ruf came within inches of a grand slam homer.

Ruf hit a high, opposite-field drive down the right field foul line. First base umpire Ryan Additon first called the ball fair for a grand slam, but the crew led by CB Bucknor met and ruled the ball foul and a Giants appeal was denied by New York as the ball slid inches outside the foul pole. Hill then struck out Ruf and Mike Tauchman to end the inning.

The Giants again loaded the bases in the eighth, this time with none out, but scored only one run when Evan Longoria grounded into a double play. San Francisco also failed to score with runners at second and third and one out in the fifth and with a runner at second and none out in the sixth. From the fifth inning on, the Giants were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

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The Giants had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on Buster Posey’s sixth homer of the season. The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the first when Trent Grisham doubled and scored from second on Eric Hosmer’s two-out infield single off the glove of second baseman Tommy La Stella.

Hosmer led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and moved to third on Jake Cronenworth’s double into the right field corner. After Logan Webb retired Wil Myers on a comebacker, Giants starter Logan Webb threw two strikes to Profar. But the left fielder lined the third pitch from the right-hander to center for the game-winning hit.

Darvish (3-1) picked up the win, allowing the one run on four hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Mark Melancon picked up his ninth save with a perfect ninth, lowering his ERA to 0.69.

Webb (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings.

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