Sports Minute: Machado's grand slam in 10th lifts Padres over Rangers 6-3
By BERNIE WILSONAP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado hit a grand slam with one out in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Texas Rangers for the third straight game, 6-3 Wednesday night.
Machado's 11th career grand slam and sixth walkoff homer came off Rafael Montero (0-1), whose only out in the 10th came on pinch-hitter Greg Garcia's sacrifice.
Fernando Tatis Jr., who hit his MLB-leading 12th homer earlier, drew a walk off Montero to load the bases ahead of Machado, who hit his sixth homer of the season.
The Padres have hit grand slams in three straight games for the first time in club history.
Texas had gone ahead 3-2 in the top of the inning when Willie Calhoun's dribbler in front of the plate off Tim Hill (1-0) scored Nick Solak with two outs.
Catcher Austin Hedges couldn't get a grip on the ball and Solak scored. Calhoun was injured running out the single and was replaced by Scott Heineman.
Joey Gallo had tied the game at 2 with a homer off Matt Strahm leading off the ninth, his seventh. Gallo missed a grand slam by just a few feet to end the 10th.
The Padres beat the Rangers in Arlington on Monday and Tuesday.
Tatis hit a go-ahead shot off Lance Lynn with two outs in the third. Jurickson Profar homered for the second straight game against Texas, where he spent his first four full big league seasons, also off Lynn.
Lynn came in with an MLB-leading 1.11 ERA after a two-hit complete game at Colorado on Friday.
Tatis also leads MLB with 29 RBIs and 24 runs, and is tied for the lead with six steals.
Tatis has homered three times in this series, including twice for seven RBIs in Monday night’s 14-4 win at Arlington. Among them was a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch from Juan Nicasio with the Padres leading by seven runs, reigniting arguments over baseball’s “unwritten rules.” Tatis’ slam angered the Rangers and even raised the eyebrows of Padres rookie manager Jayce Tingler, who initially wasn’t overly pleased because the 21-year-old shortstop missed a take sign before hitting his first career slam.
Tingler initially called it a “learning opportunity,” but said the next day he should have used a better choice of words.
After Tatis’ slam, reliever Ian Gibaut threw Machado, leading to a three-game suspension for the reliever, which was reduced to two games, and one game for manager Chris Woodward.
Roughned Odor homered off Chris Paddack with one out in the second, his third.
Paddack allowed one run and four hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two.
Lynn gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked none.
Gibaut dropped his appeal and began serving his two-game suspension. The Rangers will play with 27 players for this series.
Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was out of the starting lineup for the third day in a row but he did pinch run for Todd Frazier, who was hit by a pitch in the ninth, and then stayed in at shortstop. Monday was a scheduled day off but he was out Tuesday and Wednesday because of lower back stiffness.
Rangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 3.74 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale Thursday night. He beat the Padres in his only appearance against them, on Sept. 12, 2017, while with Minnesota.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 1.59) is set to go for the Padres.
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