Freddy Galvis
Padres ride four-run ninth inning en route to 8-5 win
Freddy Galvis

Padres ride four-run ninth inning en route to 8-5 win

Published May. 20, 2018 5:41 p.m. ET

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.

Pittsburgh took a 5-4 lead into the ninth, but Jose Pirela and Christian Villaneuva singled off Felipe Vazquez (2-1), who blew a save for the first time in 10 chances this season.

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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