07/17 21:05 CDT Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th as Padres beat Marlins 3-2
Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th as Padres beat Marlins 3-2
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) --- Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the
eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a
three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday
The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team
never to have thrown a no-hitter.
After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the
next two batters and then departed, matching the longest outing of his career.
He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
The performance came in Paddack's first appearance against the Marlins, who
made the right-hander an eighth-round draft choice in 2015 and traded him to
San Diego for reliever Fernando Rodney the following year.
Austin Hedges hit a two-run homer, his seventh, against Trevor Richards (3-11)
to help San Diego break a four-game losing streak.
Paddack retired the first 15 batters before Cesar Puello reached on a throwing
error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Pinch hitter Yadiel Rivera, who walked
with two out in the sixth, was the only other baserunner against Paddack.
Kirby Yates pitched around back-to-back throwing errors to start the ninth for
his 31st save. Castro's two-out RBI single made it 3-2 before Yates struck out
Curtis Granderson with two on for the win.
Paddack dominated from the outset against the lowest-scoring team in the
majors. He needed only eight pitches in the first inning and struck out four of
the first five batters. Garrett Cooper was so badly fooled by a pitch he
whiffed and sent his bat flying into the eighth row, where it landed on an
The Padres scored three times in the fourth after Richards retired the first
two batters. Greg Garcia hit an RBI single, and Hedges' homer bounced off the
top of the bullpen fence.
Richards allowed three runs in five innings.
The Marlins nearly broke up the no-hitter with two out in the sixth, when
Miguel Rojas hit a line drive that popped out of first baseman Eric Hosmer's
glove. Hosmer scrambled after the ball and tagged Rojas as he slid headfirst
into the base.
Umpire Paul Nauert called Rojas out, and the call stood after a 2-minute
Before the game, the Padres optioned LHP Robbie Erlin to Triple-A El Paso and
reinstated LHP Eric Lauer from the bereavement leave list.
Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (5-4, 3.46), who is scheduled to start the rubber game
of the series Thursday afternoon, is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA in three career
outings against San Diego.
Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 6.30) is scheduled to make his third start
since returning from Tommy John surgery.
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