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The SailGP global road show touches down in Old Blighty this weekend, giving Britain’s Paul Goodison the opportunity to race in front of home crowds for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics.The regatta on Plymouth Sound will also give Australia’s Tom Slingsby the chance to bounce back from a last-place performance in the previous regatta, an unthinkable finish for the crack sailing team that claimed the $1 million, winner-take-all inaugural SailGP championship in 2019.Goodison will once again fill in as helmsman of the Great Britain SailGP Team in place of Sir Ben Ainslie, who has long-standing personal commitments. With Goodison steering the foiling 50-foot catamaran, the British finished sixth in the eight-boat fleet at Taranto, Italy, last month, after Ainslie steered it to victory in the season-opening regatta in Bermuda.Goodison hopes a little more experience in the foiling 50-foot catamaran and the energy from the home crowd will help the British.“We’re just looking forward now to taking the lessons we learned and put on a better performance here on home waters,” he said. “We’ve got a great team here and really looking forward to flying the Union Jack in front of our supporters.”Goodison, an Olympic gold medalist and three-time world champion in the foiling Moth, made his SailGP debut at Taranto. Ainslie asked him during the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, earlier this year if he’d fill in. Goodison was mainsail trimmer for the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, and Ainslie skippered INEOS Team UK. Both teams were eliminated in the challenger trials.“There aren’t that many world events that happen here, so like with the America’s Cup, you’re busy in Bermuda, then you’re busy in Auckland racing,” Goodison said. “You very rarely get to race at home, so it’s going to be exciting to race in front of a big home crowd again.”Goodison said the natural amphitheater of Plymouth Sound makes it “an incredible place for watching the races. You can sit on the shoreline or sit on the hills or he cliffs and see the whole harbor, so it should be phenomenal to watch.”The Australians, meanwhile, had finished no lower than second place in any of the previous seven SailGP regattas, so finishing last in Italy and missing the final match race “was definitely a shock to the system,” Slingsby said.The Aussies will once again be without flight controller Jason Waterhouse, who is preparing for the Tokyo Olympics. Kinley Fowler, who replaced Waterhouse in the last regatta, will miss this regatta to be with his expectant wife. Grinder Sam Newton is back home in Australia for family reasons.It’s hard for sailors to get out of Australia due to COVID-19 protocols, so the team will be using three new crewmembers who’ve never sailed the F-50. Ed Powys will handle the flight controller role for the first time.“We’re doing our best in these difficult times but unfortunately we’re not at our normal full strength,” said Slingsby, an Olympic gold medalist and former America’s Cup champion. “But we understand the circumstances and we’ve just got to try to get through these next couple of events where we’re down some of our key people and try do our best and get some good results and then really attack when we get back to full strength.”New Zealand’s Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also will miss a second straight SailGP regatta as they prepare to defend their Olympic gold medal in the 49er class.This will be the first regatta since SailGP announced its Impact League, a competition within the competition to reward teams for taking actions to reduce their overall carbon footprint and accelerate the inclusion of women sailors aboard the fast, 50-foot foiling catamarans.In conjunction with the Impact league, Team Australia announced a partnership with Parley For the Oceans to help fight marine plastic pollution.Parley’s logo now appears on Team Australia’s wingsail, below the giant yellow kangaroo.“Obviously being a sailor, my life’s on the ocean and for sure plastics in the ocean is a huge issue,” said Slingsby, who has seen pollution while racing all over the world.“Unfortunately, I’m seeing more and more plastic and pollution in the water. We all were hoping it would be less now, but in my opinion it’s been going up,” he said.Slingsby said foiling boats hit plastic bags all the time, but he’s more concerned with how the pollution affects marine life.“We get affected in the results but that doesn’t bother me in the long run. The ocean health is much more important than our results,” he said.As part of the initiative to educate people about the importance of marine conservation, Team Australia and Parley will host Parley Talks during several forthcoming SailGP regattas, including in Sydney in December.———Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson
SAN DIEGO — There haven’t been a lot of big moments for the Colorado Rockies to celebrate this season.On Sunday, there were two.Minutes after the Rockies won Bud Black’s 2,000th career game as a manager, Charlie Blackmon draped the purple MVP chain around his skipper’s neck. The 3-1 win over Black’s former team, the San Diego Padres, also clinched the first road series of the season for the lowly Rockies.Pinch-hitter Chris Owings hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Jon Gray had another strong start for the Rockies, who took two of three and have won five of six overall against the Padres, including a three-game sweep at Coors Field June 14-16.“Today was an example of players playing hard,” Black said. “Jon Gray pitched great, a couple of big swings from a couple of veteran players, which is good to see; proud of the group the way we’re battling. I’ll remember this one. I will.”The Rockies, who’ve been buried in fourth place in the NL West since late May, came in just 8-34 away from Coors Field. It took them until just before the All-Star break to finally win a road series.“Well, our road record is what it is,” Black said. “It’s not very good. We’re frustrated by that. We’re trying to find some answers to turn it around. We’re playing against a good team. They were putting it out there. We went toe-to-toe with them and we won two of three. The guys are playing hard and they’re trying to do the right things, and I appreciate that.”Owings’ homer off Craig Stammen (3-2) made a winner of Gray (6-6), who has pitched well in four starts since a stint on the injured list with a right flexor strain. Gray held the Padres to one run and three hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked three.Jhoulys Chacín pitched two perfect innings and Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his fourth straight save and 14th overall.Gray didn’t allow a hit after the second inning. He loaded the bases on a two straight singles and a walk opening the second but the Padres got only one run out of it, when Victor Caratini grounded into a double play.“It was exactly what we needed, really,” Gray said. “We’ve been looking for road wins, especially series, all year long, and they’ve been hard to come by so it was nice to do it here in San Diego and everything worked out perfectly. It was a really good day for us.”Owings homered with one out in the seventh, his first. C.J. Cron homered off Chris Paddack in the fourth, his 12th, to tie the game at 1. The Rockies added an unearned run in the ninth, when All-Star infielders Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth each committed an error.“To go where we want to go, this is unacceptable,” said manager Jayce Tingler, whose Padres won a wild-card series against the St. Louis Cardinals last year before being swept in the NL Division Series by the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.The Padres, who’ve been in third place since June 9 and lost seven of 11, lost rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers to an apparent knee injury in the third inning. Weathers fielded Gray’s sacrifice bunt and ran over to tag him, but landed awkwardly on his right leg and fell to the ground in pain, clutching at his right knee. After a few moments on the ground, he had to be helped off the field.The ball popped loose on the tag attempt, putting runners on first and second with no outs, but the Rockies failed to score.Tingler said afterward that Weathers was still having tests.The Padres head into the break with four of their six starters injured. The only healthy starters are Chris Paddack, who pitched two innings Sunday, and Joe Musgrove.All-Star Yu Darvish went on the 10-day injured list Sunday with left hip inflammation, retroactive to Friday. He came out of his start on Thursday night after just three innings, and the Padres said the next day that he wouldn’t pitch in the All-Star game. Left-hander Blake Snell went on the IL on Friday with gastroenteritis, retroactive to Tuesday. Right-hander Dinelson Lamet has been on the IL since June 27 with right forearm inflammation.Snell won’t be eligible to return until the second game after the break, Saturday at Washington. Darvish won’t be eligible until the fourth game after the break, July 20 at Atlanta.The Padres haven’t set a timetable for Lamet, who began the season on the IL and has been on it twice since, the first time with a UCL sprain and the second time with forearm inflammation.2000 MANBlack became the 62nd manager in history to reach the 2,000-game milestone. It was his 638th game with the Rockies. He managed the Padres from 2007 until halfway through the 2015 season. His overall record is 964-1,036.“I feel good knowing that Bud’s back there making most of the decisions,” Gray said. “He’s been a pitcher before. He can see what we’re reacting to in the game and he knows what’s going on. It’s nice having that. You don’t have to explain things. Bud’s right there with you. He’s on the same page.”UP NEXTRockies: Open a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.Padres: Open a three-game series at Washington on Friday night.
SAN DIEGO — Welcome home to Slam Diego, Daniel Camarena.The rookie reliever hit a stunning grand slam off Washington ace Max Scherzer and his hometown San Diego Padres overcame an eight-run deficit, finally beating the Nationals 9-8 Thursday night on Trent Grisham’s RBI single in the ninth inning.The Padres matched the biggest comeback in franchise history, helped by Fernando Tatis’ 28th home run and Grisham’s two-out hit.But it was Camarena’s blow that really jolted the crowd at Petco Park.Camarena, who went to Cathedral Catholic High, was called up earlier in the day for his second stint with the Padres. He replaced Yu Darvish starting the fourth inning after the All-Star’s left hip tightened up, and allowed Trea Turner’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive that gave the Nationals an 8-0 lead.With the Padres’ bullpen taxed in recent days, manager Jayce Tingler had Camarena bat for himself against the struggling Scherzer with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth. The left-hander golfed a 1-2 fastball deep into the right-field stands to send the fans into a frenzy and pull the Padres to 8-6.Camarena said he was just trying to put the ball in play, “especially against Max, like that’s hard to do, so I was just trying with everything I had to put a ball in play.”He was as stunned as everyone else in the ballpark“Oh my God, I blacked out,” he said. “I hit first base and then all of a sudden I noticed the lights were flashing in the stadium and that’s when it kind of hit, like, Oh my God I just hit a home run. Not only that, a grand slam.”Camarena had struck out in his only previous big league at-bat during his debut earlier this season. In the minors, he was 5 for 28 (.179) with no extra-base hits and zero RBIs. Triple-A teammate Gosuke Katoh, who’s also from San Diego, had given him a bat and batting gloves.Camarena became the second pitcher in history whose first hit was a grand slam. The first was Bill Duggleby of the Philadelphia Phillies on April 21, 1898.The 28-year-old Camarena was the first relief pitcher to hit a grand slam since Pittsburgh’s Don Robinson on Sept. 12, 1985, and was the first Padres player, pitcher or position player, to have a grand slam for his first hit. The last player in the majors to do that was San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford on May 27, 2011, at Milwaukee.“I think more than anything, everybody was in shock,” Grisham said of the slam. “Shock and excitement. We had four runs on the board and we were back in it.”It was the first home run Scherzer allowed to a pitcher in a 14-year career that includes three Cy Young Awards and seven All-Star selections. It was the fourth time he’s given up a grand slam — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto also hit a slam off him this year.Tommy Pham started the Padres ninth with a leadoff single against Sam Clay (0-2), advanced on consecutive groundouts and scored when Grisham singled to right.Tatis, voted to start at shortstop in the All-Star Game, homered and stole a base, making him the youngest player in baseball history to have 20 homers and 20 stolen bases before the break. Tatis has 28 homers and 20 steals. His 28 homers are the most ever by a shortstop before the break.The Nationals chased Darvish after three innings and gave Scherzer an 8-0 lead after four before the 36-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs in the fourth.Pham singled to chase Scherzer and Tatis hit a bloop RBI single off Kyle Finnegan to pull within 8-7.Tatis opened the fourth with a drive into the second deck in left field. With one out, Scherzer hit Manny Machado with a pitch, allowed a single to Grisham and hit Eric Hosmer with a pitch to load the bases. Wil Myers worked a walk to bring in a run before Scherzer struck out Victor Caratini. Camarena then connected.The Padres have five grand slams this season. Their 12 slams since the start of the 2020 season are the most of any team in baseball. The Padres popularized “Slam Diego” last year when they became the first team in history to have four slams in as many games and five in six games.“Down 8-0 to Max Scherzer, our ace goes out of the game, we get a grand slam from a pitcher just called up today, probably at the top,” Tingler said. “It’s special and that’s why I’m confident we’re going to do special things, just because of the way we fight. We don’t lay down, we just keep going.”The Padres tied it at 8 on Pham’s two-out double in the sixth.Turner homered in the first and singled in the third, and scored twice against Darvish.All-Star Mark Melancon (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win.Scherzer allowed seven runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked one.Darvish allowed six runs and eight hits in three innings, struck out two and walked none.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: Placed RHP Joe Ross on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to Wednesday, and recalled RHP Ryne Harper.Padres: Caratini, the catcher, was hit by a foul ball on the right hand in the fifth inning. He finished the inning but was then replaced by Webster Rivas.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Paolo Espino (2-2, 2.48 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco. The Giants will counter with RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.86).Padres: Haven’t named a starter for opener of three-game series against Colorado. It normally would be LHP Blake Snell’s turn but Tingler said Snell is still trying to regain strength after a recent bout of food poisoning.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
All-Star Juan Soto warmed up for the Home Run Derby by hitting a three-run shot in the first inning and the Washington Nationals pounded Chris Paddack and the San Diego Padres 15-5By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports WriterJuly 8, 2021, 6:31 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — All-Star Juan Soto is getting warmed up for the Home Run Derby.“Yeah, (heck) yeah!” the Washington Nationals hitting star said after muscling an opposite-field, three-run homer on the ninth pitch of Wednesday night’s 15-5 win against the San Diego Padres. ”It’s going to be a nice experience and I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can.”Soto announced earlier in the day that he’d participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Coors Field. Hours later, his shot to to left-center gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead three batters into the game. It was his 11th.Padres right-hander Chris Paddack got into trouble right away when he hit Alcides Escobar with his seventh pitch and then allowed Trea Turner’s single ahead of Soto’s first-pitch homer that had just enough to clear the fence.“If I hit it hard in the air, I’m always thinking it has a chance,” Soto said. “So we’ve been working on it. I get it in the air enough to go over the wall and I’m just happy that happened.”Lefty Patrick Corbin appreciated the early run support.“Every time he hits the ball it seems like it’s 110 (mph) off the bat,” Corbin said. “He’s at his best when he hits it left-center there, stays on the ball and hits it hard. When you can do that and still hit homers the other way, you’re just not as fooled as much at the plate. There’s a reason he’s one of the best hitters in the game.”Paddack (4-6) threw 31 pitches in the first inning en route to one of the worst starts in his three-year career. He allowed nine runs, eight earned, and nine hits on 75 pitches in two-plus innings. He struck out two and walked one.The right-hander was coming off his longest outing of the season, seven innings at Philadelphia on Friday, which followed his previous shortest of the season, 2 1/3 innings against Arizona. Neither of those outings resulted in a decision.Paddack struck out the first two batters in the second but then allowed the next five batters to reach. Josh Bell and Starlin Castro hit consecutive two-run singles to make it 7-0.Padres manager Jayce Tingler let Paddack hit for himself in the second and he came out for the third, but failed to get an out. Josh Harrison hit a leadoff single and scored on Victor Robles’ double. Paddack committed an error trying to field Corbin’s bunt and was lifted for Nabil Crismatt. Escobar had an RBI grounder.Josh Harrison had an RBI single in the fourth to make it 10-0. He added a two-run double in the four-run eighth to finish with three hits and three RBIs.Corbin (6-7) held the Padres to two runs and seven hits in six innings, with three strikeouts and two walks.Manny Machado hit an RBI single with two outs in the fifth before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Eric Hosmer, who grounded out with the bases loaded to end the first, homered off Corbin leading off the sixth, his seventh.San Diego’s Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his 11th.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: Reinstated RHP Daniel Hudson from the 10-day injured list and optioned RHP Andres Machado to Triple-A Rochester.UP NEXTThe four-game series will conclude Thursday night with a marquee matchup between RHP Max Scherzer (7-4, 2.10 ERA) of the Nationals and All-Star Yu Darvish (7-3, 2.65) of the Padres. Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young Award winner. Darvish finished second in voting last year for the NL Cy Young Award.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
The world’s oceans have given New Zealanders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke the chance to accomplish so much at relatively young ages.Together the New Zealand sailors have won Olympic gold and silver medals; helped their country win and then defend sailing’s greatest prize, the America’s Cup; and recently started a team in SailGP, a global league that features a who’s who of sailing. Separately, they competed in the grueling Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18.Dominating regattas in the world’s fastest sailboats is their thing. Along the way Burling, 30, and Tuke, 31, founded the conservation charity Live Ocean, believing that their small island nation needs to step up to the challenge to protect and restore the world’s oceans.Their immediate focus is on the Tokyo Olympics and continuing to dominate above the waterline in the high-performance 49er skiff. But they also know that as the victories pile up in the prime of their careers, they’re in a unique position to speak out about what’s going on below the waterline, whether it’s in Hauraki Gulf — where they successfully defended the America’s Cup in March — in the South Pacific or elsewhere on the planet.“We’ve had some pretty good results, but it really feels like there’s a lot more out there,” Burling said from Australia, where they’re putting in final preparations for Tokyo. “Definitely the work we’re doing in the marine conservation space is a big driver to really use the platform in sport to drive a really positive change for New Zealand and the world.”Said Tuke: “We see the opportunity that we have still competing and being able to shine a light on ocean health and use what we’re doing in sailing to get more eyeballs onto that. That’s been great.”The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race was about the only thing Burling and Tuke didn’t win in the last five years. But it’s what they saw — and didn’t see — on that trek that prompted them to take action.“It’s an incredibly complex problem and the one for me is what you don’t see,” Burling said. “You look out the window at a healthy ocean or an unhealthy ocean and they don’t look so different. I sailed around the world being able to count the amount of whales we saw on one hand and the bird life in the South Pacific wasn’t anywhere near what we’ve been told stories of what it should it be like.“At that stage you didn’t really realize why, but since you dive into the science you really start to understand what’s going on out there and the problems became pretty apparent pretty quickly that we really needed to actually do our part and try to create a positive change,” he said.Burling and Tuke are prime examples of New Zealanders’ affinity for the ocean.Tuke said it’s easy for some Kiwis to take the ocean for granted because they don’t see a lot of the damaging effects that bigger, more populous countries do.“But on the same token we see an opportunity for us to really lead the world in these issues because if we can’t do it in New Zealand, then it’s going to be difficult for anyone else around the world to,” Tuke said.Burling and Tuke have been sailing together since 2008. An email exchange between the two is on display at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, along with their gold medals from the 2019 49er world championships in Auckland.Burling initiated the exchange, telling Tuke he was “keen to helm the 49ers with someone” and asking if he was interested.Tuke responded that they should look into sailing together and added: “The fast boats got a hold of you ay? haha but seriously i think that’s awesome that you are keen on sailing a 49er!”After taking the silver medal in the 2012 Olympics, Burling and Tuke dominated the 49er class the following four years and clinched the gold medal in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with two races to go. The following summer, with Tuke as a crewman, Burling helmed underdog Emirates Team New Zealand’s 50-foot foiling catamaran, brimming with design breakthroughs, to a stunning 7-1 win in the America’s Cup against two-time defending champion Oracle Team USA.In March, they once again drank Champagne out of the Auld Mug after beating an Italian team 7-3 in foiling 75-foot monohulls.Countryman Sir Russell Coutts, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and once sailed undefeated through three straight America’s Cup matches, for two different countries, is impressed with what Burling and Tuke have achieved.“They seem to be able to jump into different classes and adapt very quickly,” said Coutts, who signed Burling and Tuke to head the Kiwi team in his SailGP league. “Obviously they’ve got a good process they go through. They don’t waste a lot of time. They’re able to do more sailing ventures and basically have a chance to win them all, which is pretty incredible. They’re multi-talented in a few different disciplines.”Burling and Tuke have indeed settled on a formula.“I think we’re both pretty easy-going people but we’re ultimately driven to try and achieve what we want to,” Burling said. “Obviously our partnership keeps growing as it goes on longer and longer.”Tuke said the two have extensive debriefs after each major regatta and don’t rush into the next one.“We’re both driven to achieve the goals we’ve set out but you’re not tied down to how we’ve done it before or how different people have done it before,” Tuke said. “We’re always looking for new ways to approach situations and then try to enjoy the journey. We both feel pretty lucky to be doing what we’re doing so we make sure we enjoy that along the way.”———Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson———More AP sports coverage from Asia: https://apnews.com/hub/sports-asia and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports———More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
Wil Myers hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs, and Manny Machado celebrated his 29th birthday with three hits and three runs for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Washington Nationals 7-4By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports WriterJuly 7, 2021, 6:33 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — A night after hitting a home run clocked at 116 mph, All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres showed off his cannon arm.Tatis, voted to start in the All-Star Game next week in Denver, nailed Starlin Castro at the plate in the second inning on a relay throw that was clocked at 96 mph, the defensive highlight of a night that otherwise belonged to San Diego’s offense in a 7-4 win against the Nationals.Wil Myers hit a three-run homer and had five RBIs, and Manny Machado celebrated his 29th birthday with three hits and three runs.Castro tried to score on Yan Gomes’ double into the left-field corner. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball and threw to Tatis, who was set up on the line on the outfield grass and fired a one-hopper to Victor Caratini to get Castro.“The big thing about those is they’re such momentum plays, and they can shift one way or the other,” manager Jayce Tingler said. “For us to execute that right — Profar gets to it, gets it to Tatis and throws a very good long hop in where Victor can handle it and tag, and it just swings momentum.”Tingler said it also gave rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers “confidence to get right back in the zone and get going. It’s nice to see everyone pick everyone up. We needed that today.”Castro tried to score on Yan Gomes’ double into the left-field corner. Jurickson Profar fielded the ball and threw to Tatis, who was set up on the line on the outfield grass and fired a one-hopper to Victor Caratini to get Castro.“Obviously that’s a game-changer,” Weathers said. “It’s nice getting an out any way you can and an out like that is pretty cool. I was backing up so I got to see the whole thing happen.”Asked to guess the speed of Tatis’ throw, Weathers said: “Hard.”Myers homered to right-center off Erick Fedde (4-5) for a 3-0 lead with no outs in the fourth inning. It was his 10th. Machado was aboard on a leadoff double and Eric Hosmer on a single.“The right-center home run was big,” the right-handed Myers said. “That’s definitely something that is a key for me when I’m going well, that’s what I’m doing.”Josh Harrison tied it with a three-run homer to straightaway center field off Weathers with no outs in the fifth, his fifth. Starlin Castro was aboard on a leadoff single and Yan Gomes on a double.The Padres chased Fedde in the three-run fifth. Trent Grisham hit a leadoff single and All-Star Jake Cronenworth walked with one out. Machado singled in Grisham and that was it for Fedde. Sam Clay came on and allowed Eric Hosmer’s RBI single and Myers’ sacrifice fly.Machado doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on Myers’ double.Weathers (4-2) was trying to go six innings for the first time but got the hook after allowing All-Star Juan Soto’s solo homer with one out in the sixth that cut the Padres’ lead to 6-4. Weathers allowed four runs and seven hits, struck out two and walked none.All-Star Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances.UP NEXTLHP Patrick Corbin (5-7, 5.56 ERA) of the Nationals and RHP Chris Paddack (4-5, 4.56) of the Padres are scheduled to start Wednesday night in the third game of the four-game series.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports
Josh Bell hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and All-Star Trea Turner also connected for the Washington Nationals, who beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 to snap a four-game losing streakBy BERNIE WILSON AP Sports WriterJuly 6, 2021, 6:54 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — In his first swing since being named an All-Star, Trea Turner drove a pitch from Joe Musgrove into the second deck in left field at Petco Park.The loud homer announced Turner’s return from missing four games with a jammed left middle finger and helped the Washington Nationals beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Monday night.The Nationals raved about how important it is to have Turner in their lineup. He hadn’t played since getting hurt on Wednesday.“That was awesome,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I mean, we talked to him before the game, we watched him swing, he said he felt pretty good so he came through for us tonight. He wants to play. He wants to be out there every day. He doesn’t ask me for days off, he goes out there and plays the game the right way. Now you can see why he’s an All-Star.”Turner said his finger is still a little sore “but overall I feel confident.”He said he tried to rest his finger as much as possible the previous four days.“I just felt like I was in a good spot beforehand and felt consistent, just trying to keep doing what I was doing four games ago,” Turner said. “I think it’s a little bit of luck, getting a good pitch to hit, but I felt good before and I was just trying to repeat that.”Josh Bell hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. He and Alcides Escobar had three hits apiece for the Nationals, who rebounded after being swept in four games at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers.Turner hit a no-doubter into the second deck in left field on the first pitch he saw from Musgrove with one out in the first. It was the 15th for Turner, a first-time All-Star who was drafted by the Padres in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft and then included in a three-team deal that December that brought Myers to the Padres from Tampa Bay.“It’s huge. He’s something else,” Bell said. “First pitch he sees, it goes out of the ballpark. Every at-bat that he has it seems like he’s either running around the bases or it’s a 3-2 count and he’s making pitchers work. Both sides of the ball he’s definitely something special and it gives us a chance to win with him in the lineup every night.”Starter Jon Lester agreed.“I don’t want to say like completely as Trea goes we go, but he’s a big part of our lineup,” Lester said. “He can do a lot of different things which makes our lineup that much deeper.”Padres All-Star Fernando Tatis Jr. became the fastest player 22 or younger to hit 27 homers in a season, doing it in 68 games. He did it on the hardest-hit ball of his three-year career, a 116-mph line drive off Lester, the 37-year-old lefty, into the lower balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner in the fourth inning.Tatis’ homer pulled the Padres to 5-4 and fellow All-Star Jake Cronenworth followed with a double to chase Lester. Wil Myers doubled in Cronenworth two batters later to tie it at 5.Bell regained the lead for the Nats when he homered to left-center off Tim Hill (5-4) with one out in the seventh, his 12th. Escobar added an RBI double in the eighth.Wander Suero (1-2) pitched a perfect sixth for the win and Brad Hand, an All-Star with the Padres in 2017-18, pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.The Nationals took a 5-0 lead against Musgrove after just two innings.The Nationals scored four runs on four hits off Musgrove in the second, including RBI singles by Lester and Bell.The Padres scored three unearned runs off Lester in the third. Lester retired Tommy Pham and Tatis before third baseman Starlin Castro’s error allowed Cronenworth to reach. Manny Machado walked and Myers singled to load the bases before Lester hit Trent Grisham with a pitch to bring in the first run. Rookie Kim Ha-seong doubled into left to bring in two more runs.Lester allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked four.Musgrove settled down after the second and even had two perfect innings. He allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one.NICE HOPSTatis, the shortstop, made a sensational leaping catch of pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman’s line drive in the eighth. When he came down, he landed on his backside.UP NEXTThe Nationals haven’t named a starter for Tuesday night while the Padres will go with rookie LHP Ryan Weathers (3-2, 2.63).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports