Kim, Cronenworth and Darvish lead Padres against Pirates 7-3
Ha-Seong Kim and Jake Cronenworth homered, and Yu Darvish threw six effective innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 7-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Kim was 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in the second set to tie the game at 2. Cronenworth, who also went 2 for 4, then had a solo shot in the seventh to finish the scoring.
The Padres earned their fourth straight win and their ninth in the last 11 games. Trayce Thompson hit a two-run single for San Diego.
Darvish (2-1) allowed three runs and eight hits while striking out five and walking one. Taylor Rogers got the last two outs for his eighth of nine saves after the Pirates put two on base in the ninth inning.
Zach Thompson (0-3) allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Acquired from Miami in an offseason trade for Gold Glove receiver Jacob Stallings, Thompson has a 10.05 ERA in four starts.
Daniel Vogelbach hit two RBI singles for Pittsburgh, and Diego Castillo and Andrew Knapp also had two hits. Pittsburgh has a four-game losing streak.
The Padres scored two runs in the fifth inning to break the tie. Cronenworth’s simple line drive to second base umpire Jeremie Rehak’s lower leg tackled the first run and Manny Machado followed with a sacrificial fly.
Cronenworth is 8-for-24 with two homers and a triple in his last seven games.
Vogelbach drew the Pirates to a late inning run with a single. But Trayce Thompson pushed the Padres’ lead to 6-3 in the sixth. He was recalled from Triple-A El Paso a day earlier.
The Pirates opened the scoring in the first inning with singles from Vogelbach and Castillo. Kim tied it at 2-2 with his 425-foot homer into the left field bleachers.
CLOSE ON STORY
The Pirates are yet to get a victory by a starting pitcher in 20 games. The MLB record for starting a season was set by Baltimore in 1989 when the Orioles went 0-21 to start the year.
TSUTSUGO IS SITTING
Slumping Pirates first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo was out of the lineup for the second day in a row. He spent more time in the batting cages before the game with batting coach Andy Haines.
Tsutsugo has a .185 batting average and no homers in 16 games this season.
Padres: RHP Mike Clevinger (Tommy John surgery) is set to make his season debut next week in a two-game series at Cleveland. Clevinger has been out since undergoing surgery after the 2020 season. He spent the first five seasons of his career with Cleveland before being traded to the Padres in 2020. … LHP Blake Snell (strained left groin) pitched four scoreless innings for High-A Fort Wayne on Thursday in his first rehab start. The 2018 AL Cy Young winner is yet to pitch for the Padres this season.
Pirates: INF/OF Cole Tucker remained on the COVID-19 injured list but took part in pre-match drills. … RHP Max Kranick (right forearm strain) was activated from the 10-day IL and optioned to Indianapolis. … RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (right hamstring strain) started a rehab assignment at Low-A Bradenton … Knapp was in the lineup one day after being scratched late due to a non-COVID illness.
Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (2-2, 3.47 ERA) will start Saturday night. He was scored for six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last start after allowing three runs in 19 innings in his first three outings.
Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (0-2, 6.46) lost to the Chicago Cubs in his previous start, going just two innings and giving up four runs.
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