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1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, August 25, 2019
PETCO Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 38,026

Machado, Padres use 3-run 1st to sink Red Sox

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Boston Red Sox at San Diego Padres

  1. These teams haven't met since 2016, when the Red Sox won two of three at Petco Park. Boston is 0-3-1 in interleague series in 2019 after going 10-0-3 the previous 13 series (excluding World Series). San Diego is 10-7 against the AL in 2019 with a chance at its first winning season in interleague play since going 8-7 in 2012.
  2. The Padres return home after completing a 3-3 road trip with Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Cincinnati. After heading into the All-Star break at 45-45, San Diego's .389 winning percentage (14-22) in the second half is the fourth-worst in the NL. They're on pace for the franchise's ninth straight losing season.
  3. Rafael Devers currently leads the majors in hits (168), total bases (302), doubles (47) and extra-base hits (77). He could become the first player to lead in each of those categories since Don Mattingly in 1986. The only other player to accomplish that since 1950 was Robin Yount in 1982.
  4. Eduardo Rodriguez, Friday's scheduled starter, is 8-1 with a 3.31 ERA in his last 13 starts. Since June 14, he's tied for the second-most wins in the majors (Gerrit Cole - 10). Rodriguez is 5-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last 10 interleague starts, the fourth-longest stretch without a loss among active pitchers.
  5. Hunter Renfroe ranked sixth in the NL in slugging (.613) in the first half (min. 250 PA) but has slumped to a .330 mark in the second half that ranks 91st (min. 100 PA). His .183 average since the All-Star break is 97th in the NL and his 45 strikeouts are tied for the fifth-most in the NL (min. 100 PA).
  6. Francisco Mejia ranks fourth in the majors with a .404 average (19-for-47) since August 4th (min. 45 PA). He is slashing .333/.379/.573 in the second half with six home runs and 13 RBI and his .952 OPS during that span is second in MLB among catchers (min. 75 PA, based on player's career primary position).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Manny Machado capped a three-run first inning with a franchise-record-setting home run Sunday as the San Diego Padres defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 3-1 to avoid being swept in a three-game series at Petco Park.

Machado's homer was the 190th hit by the Padres this season, eclipsing the club's former single-season record of 189 set in 2017.

Left-handed starter Joey Lucchesi (9-7) and four Padres relievers held the Red Sox to a run -- which came on J.D. Martinez third homer in three games -- on five hits.

Lucchesi gave up the run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings. He hadn't allowed a hit until Martinez launched his 31st homer of the season -- a 411-foot drive that landed on the upper balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field -- with two out in the fourth inning.

Closer Kirby Yates picked up his major league-leading 37th save a day after serving up a game-losing homer in a non-save situation. He had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth Sunday.

But the best effort from the bullpen was turned in by 20-year-old rookie Andres Munoz in the eighth. A bloop single and a fielding error by Machado put Red Sox on first and second with none out. After getting Rafael Devers to ground into a double play, Munoz struck out Martinez to end the inning with the tying runs on.

Craig Stammen and Luis Perdomo each worked a scoreless inning ahead of Munoz.

The Red Sox's decision to start left-hander Brian Johnson got off to a miserable start.

Padres center fielder Manuel Margot opened the bottom of the first with the first of his two doubles. Margot stole third and scored on Francisco Mejia's single to left. Machado followed with his 27th homer of the season to give the Padres a 3-0 lead before a hitter had been retired.

The Padres, who snapped a four-game losing streak, didn't score again and had only two hits after the game's first three hitters. They also had four runners thrown out on the basepaths, including one at home and one at third with no one out.

It was a costly loss for the Red Sox, who would have moved to within five games of a wild-card spot with a sweep in San Diego.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 25, 2019

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