Machado hits 3-run blast in Padres' 6-1 win over Twins

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Posted at 8:50 AM, May 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-10 11:50:27-04

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The San Diego Padres started small and had a big finish.

Somewhere in there, they found a spark.

The Padres used three Minnesota errors and savvy baserunning by Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. to score twice in the seventh inning on Tuesday, before Manny Machado broke the game open with a three-run homer in the ninth to beat the Twins 6-1 and give Michael Wacha his first win in five starts.

Juan Soto had a season-high four hits — the most he's had for San Diego — with two doubles and a walk for the Padres, who are 18-3 in games when they get three runs or more.

“Just putting it all together. If we can do that we’re going to be the best team in baseball,” said Machado, who hit his fifth homer and made two hard-charging barehand scoops at third base to get groundball outs.

Wacha (3-1) gave up just three hits and one run in six innings, before the Padres put together their strange tiebreaking seventh.

Austin Nola's sacrifice squeeze bunt scored Kim with the go-ahead run against Twins reliever Griffin Jax (1-4). Kim reached on an error by first baseman Alex Kirilloff, who fielded the soft grounder and threw high and wide to Jax at the bag, and later stole third.

With two outs, Tatis stole second and took third on a wild throw by catcher Christian Vázquez. Then after Jake Cronenworth walked, Vázquez tried to throw behind Tatis and catch him off guard on his retreat to the base. The ball hit Tatis in the back, bounced into left field for the third error of the inning and allowed him to trot home.

“I was trying to deke him, trying to make it look like I was not paying attention,” Tatis said.

The Padres (19-17) trail Los Angeles by 2½ games in the National League West.

“When we play small ball ... that’s going to carry us for the rest of the season,” Tatis said.

The Padres with their superstar lineup haven't been hitting much, taking a .233 team batting average into the game that ranked 23rd in Major League Baseball, but Soto did his part to get them going. The two-time All-Star left fielder doubled in the fourth inning off Twins starter Louie Varland and scored on Matt Carpenter's two-out single. Varland had six strikeouts in six innings with one run allowed.

“We wish we could go 4 for 4 every single day and hit a homer every single day,” Machado said. “Baseball doesn’t work that way. The other guy’s got to eat, too.”