Padres keep playoff hopes alive, beat Giants 5-2 in 10 for 1st extra-inning win

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Posted at 7:01 AM, Sep 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-28 10:01:27-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manny Machado hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Wednesday night to keep their slim postseason hopes alive with their first extra-inning win this year.

San Diego had been 0-12 in extra innings and were tied with the expansion 1969 Montreal Expos for the most extra-inning losses in a season without a victory.

“We needed one,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “I think more than anything, the reason we did is because we executed today. We had a couple of sac flies. We had some big hits.”

The Padres (79-80) trail the Chicago Cubs and Miami (82-76) by 3 1/2 games for the final NL wild card spot with three games remaining. San Diego is also two games behind Cincinnati (81-78).

San Diego must sweep three games at the Chicago White Sox to have any hope to reach the playoffs while hoping the Cubs and Marlins lose four games each and the Reds drop at least two of their final three.

“We’re going to need some help over the next four days where hopefully a miracle comes,” first baseman Garrett Cooper said. “You’re wishing on a prayer, but you’ve got to take care of business here first.”

The Giants (78-81) were mathematically eliminated Tuesday and lost for the 10th time in 13 games, assuring they won't finish with a winning record. San Francisco was held to five hits.

Xander Boegarts hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly off John Brebbia (3-4) and the Padres were boosted by shortstop Marco Luciano's throwing error on Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grounder and catcher Patrick Bailey throwing error on a pickoff attempt. All three runs off Brebbia were unearned,

“A little sloppy defense there,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “You just can’t win baseball games that way.”

Josh Hader (2-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for his 20th career win and Tom Cosgrove earned his first big league save.

Thairo Estrada put the Giants ahead in the second inning with his 14th homer this season, matching a career-high set last year.

Bogaerts hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to tie the game at 1, but Tyler Fitzgerald had a broken-bat RBI single in the bottom half. Cooper tied it again in the seventh with his 17th home run.