Victor Caratini belts 2-run homer to lift San Diego Padres past Giants

Apr 6, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer (30) watches his RBI single during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher Victor Caratini snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday night to give the San Diego Padres a 3-1 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants at Petco Park.

Caratini pulled a hanging slider from former Padre reliever Matt Wisler into the right-field seats to snap a two-game San Diego losing streak.

Ha-Seong Kim, who started at short for the injured Fernando Tatis Jr., walked on a full-count pitch with one out in the seventh — ending a streak of 11 straight Padres retired by Giants pitchers. Caratini followed with his first homer as a Padre, giving him seven RBIs in four games.

Starting pitchers Aaron Sanchez of the Giants and Yu Darvish of the Padres each allowed one run.

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The Giants took a 1-0 lead on Brandon Crawford’s home run to right leading off the third. It was San Francisco’s fourth solo homer in the first two games of the series — and the third allowed by Darvish in two starts.

The Padres tied the game in the bottom of the third. Jake Cronenworth singled with one out, moved to second on a single by Manny Machado and scored on a two-out single by Eric Hosmer.

Sanchez allowed one run on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts in five innings. He threw 74 pitches. Darvish allowed the one run on three hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings. He threw 89 pitches.

Keone Kela struck out two in a scoreless inning in relief of Darvish and earned his first win as a Padre. Mark Melancon earned the save. Padres relievers Kela, Emilio Pagan and Melancon retired all nine Giants they faced with Padres pitchers retiring 13 straight hitters to end the game.

Wisler took the loss.

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