Sept. 14-- The Padres gave up only one home run Wednesday. After they set an unwanted record the previous night by allowing seven home runs in as many innings, it was a massive improvement.
They had Dinelson Lamet to thank. The rookie completed six innings for a fourth consecutive start. The Minnesota Twins managed a single score, with some help. During the first nine innings, they did not hit a ball over a fence.
In an exception to another flat offensive performance, the Padres did. Catcher Austin Hedges, who had committed the error, launched a solo shot. The eighth-inning blast tied the score and prevented a second consecutive shutout loss.
It would not, however, be enough. In the bottom of the 10th, Eddie Rosario crushed a two-run, walk-off homer off Phil Maton, delivering a 3-1 victory for the Twins.
For the second time in as many meetings, the Padres applied little pressure on Ervin Santana. The Twins starter threw a complete game last month at Petco Park. He threw six shutout innings Wednesday, scattering three hits.
Lamet nearly matched the 13th-year veteran. His lone stumble arrived in the second inning, after Rosario collected a leadoff double.
On a 1-2 count, Lamet bounced a slider in the dirt. Hedges blocked the ball, sprang out of his crouch to retrieve it and fired toward third base in an attempt to stop Rosario from advancing. The throw sailed down the left-field line. Rosario dashed another 90 feet, making it 1-0.
Lamet did not repeat his mistake. He pitched into the seventh, where he was lifted after a leadoff single. He'd struck out five batters while permitting five hits and two walks.
Save for a three-run outing on Aug. 20, Lamet has not yielded more than two runs in any of his last 10 starts.
The Padres, who were shut out Tuesday, appeared in danger of another blanking. Hedges provided late relief, hammering a Trevor Hildenberger slider over the left-field wall. The home run was Hedges' 17th of the season, and his first this month.
Otherwise, the Padres offense supplied an uninspiring performance without its No. 3 hitter, Jose Pirela. The Padres are hopeful the left fielder, who is nursing a sprained pinky finger, can return to the lineup Friday at Colorado. Pirela, who did not take batting practice Wednesday, was caught stealing pinch-running in the ninth.
"He is feeling a little bit better, but just kind of where it is, that left pinky finger presses on the knob of the bat," manager Andy Green said. "It's a tough thing for him to swing right now."
Padres reliever Buddy Baumann took a grounder off his face after slipping on the mound in the seventh. A team trainer checked on Baumann, and the pitcher stayed in the game.
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