Padres ride four-run ninth inning en route to 8-5 win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Freddy Galvis drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run ninth inning with San Diego’s second successful squeeze bunt of the game, and the Padres rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 Sunday for their third win of the four-game series.
Franchy Cordero pinch ran for Villaneuva, and Cory Spangenberg fouled off a pair of bunts, took a ball, then fouled off four straight pitches. He grounded the ninth pitch of the at-bat to shortstop, and Jordy Mercer‘s throw was wide and went off the glove of second baseman Josh Harrison for a throwing error as Pirela scored the tying run.
Galvis bunted a chopper to Vazquez, who hesitated on his throw to first and then bounced it, allowing Galvis to reach with a single. After a double steal. A.J. Ellis hit a two-run single.
Pitcher Jordan Lyles had squeezed in a run for a 4-1 lead in the fifth.
Kirby Yates (3-0) allowed a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth to Josh Harrison, who had three hits in his return from the disabled list. Harrison had been out with a broken left pinkie sustained when he was hit by a pitch from Miami’s Jose Urena on April 15.
Brad Hand worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Lyles allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Pirates starter Trevor Williams gave up four runs and four hits in six innings.
San Diego built a 4-1 lead, boosted by Villanueva’s two-run homer in the fourth and a two-run fifth that included Manuel Margot‘s RBI groundout.
Pittsburgh tied the score in the sixth when Austin Meadows and Mercer homered on consecutive pitchers. Meadows’ first big league homer was a two-run drive.
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (hip strain) has thrown from 90 feet but will not be activated when eligible to come off the DL Friday.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) has completed his rehab is expected to make his 2018 big league debut Friday against St. Louis. … CF Starling Marte (right oblique strain) said he doesn’t expect to be out long. Marte is eligible to return from the disabled list on Saturday.
Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (1-2, 3.46 ERA) is expected to make his second start of the season Monday in Washington. Erlin has made 13 of his 14 appearances out of the bullpen.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3, 3.97 ERA) is slated to open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday. He is 0-3 in his last seven starts.
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