Hosmer and Ross help Padres cool off Pirates, 3-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) Eric Hosmer hit two doubles and scored the go-ahead run and Tyson Ross won for the first time in more than a month as the San Diego Padres cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Friday night.
Hosmer, signed to a $144-million, eight-year contract as a free agent in February, doubled with two outs in the sixth inning off Ivan Nova and Franchy Cordero followed by a lining a single into left field. That broke a 2-2 tie and sent Pittsburgh to its second loss in 10 games.
Ross (3-3) ended a five-start winless streak by giving up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out two and walking four. It was his first victory since April 13 against San Francisco.
Austin Meadows, filling in for Starling Marte in center field, made his major league debut for the Pirates and had two hits and a stolen base. A first-round draft pick in 2013, Meadows was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day when Marte was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Brad Hand got the final four outs for his 13th save in 15 opportunities. He induced Gregory Polanco to ground out to end the eighth inning after entering with the bases loaded, then worked around Corey Dickerson’s leadoff double in the ninth.
Travis Jankowski also had two hits for San Diego, which is 8-8 in May after finishing April with a 10-20 record.
Dickerson had two hits for the Pirates, who stranded 13 runners.
Nova (2-4) allowed three runs – two earned – and six hits in six innings. He is 0-4 in his last six starts.
Hosmer doubled and scored on Raffy Lopez’s grounder in the fourth inning to pull the Padres into a 2-2 tie. The Pirates’ Josh Bell doubled in a run in the first and Dickerson had an RBI single in the third.
Pirates: The team did not give a timetable for Marte’s return, but manager Clint Hurdle said it is not expected to be a prolonged absence. . C Francisco Cervelli (jammed finger) sat out after being injured during Thursday night’s win over San Diego. . RHP Joe Musgrove (strained right shoulder) made what was expected to be his last rehab start for Indianapolis and was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in five innings. . 2B Josh Harrison (broken left hand) will be evaluated by the team’s medical staff Saturday after going 2 for 13 in three games with Double-A Altoona on a rehab assignment.
LYLES MOVED UP
Padres right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-1, 2.53 ERA) will move up a day in the rotation and start Sunday in the finale of the four-game series. A rotation spot opened when left-hander Joey Lucchesi (strained right hip) was placed on the DL earlier in the week.
Lyles will be pitching on regular rest after taking a perfect game into the eighth inning in his previous start against Colorado on Tuesday.
The Padres released third baseman Chase Headley, who hit just .105 in 27 games, six days after designating him for assignment. The 34-year-old cleared waivers, which was not surprising considering any team claiming him would be responsible for paying the remainder of his $13 million salary.
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (2-5, 5.20) ended a four-game losing streak Sunday when he held St. Louis to two runs in eight innings.
Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham (2-0, 2.92) is expected to be recalled from Indianapolis to make the start.