Padres follow up 1st no-no with 7-4 victory over Rangers

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Trent Grisham hit a go-ahead homer for San Diego in the seventh inning and the Padres followed up the franchise’s first no-hitter with a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

A day after Joe Musgrove pitched that no-hitter, the Padres won their seventh in a row against Texas. Eric Hosmer and Ha-seong Kim also homered for San Diego.

“I laid down down last night and for 45 minutes was still wide awake. I just couldn’t fall asleep, just so much adrenaline,” Grisham said. ‘So happy for Joe, so happy for the city of San Diego.”

But the Padres, who ended a 13-season postseason drought last year, are still focused on every game.

“We know the grind, and I think it’s more we have big goals,” Grisham said. “We kind of have that in mind. We have that trust in each other.”

Grisham put San Diego up 5-4 with his two-run homer off reliever Wes Benjamin (0-1). The leadoff-hitting center fielder was born in Burleson, Texas, about 30 miles from Globe Life Field. His season debut came Friday after being on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, and working out in Arizona.

“He’s been great, both defensively and then offensively,” manager Jayce Tingler said of Grisham, who is 4 for 8 in his two games.

“The at-bats in Arizona that he had, those are paying dividends. His rhythm and timing, he looks good at the plate,” Tingler added. “That’s what we expect from Grish.”

Ryan Weathers (1-0) struck out three in his two innings, though he gave up a tiebreaking solo homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the fifth.

Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances. The 36-year-old right-hander signed a free-agent deal with the Padres in mid-February.

After no hits and one baserunner (on a hit batsman) against Musgrove, the Rangers had three extra-base hits with two outs in the second inning off Padres starter Chris Paddack.

Jonah Heim‘s double ended an 0-for-34 drought for Texas hitters before Eli White tripled, Anderson Tejeda walked and Kiner-Falefa snapped his personal 0-for-12 slide with a two-run double to make it 3-0.

Texas finished with seven hits.

“We ran out of quality at-bats, and we ran out of quality pitches. That’s what we lost,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We had a chance to win a game. After five, we’re winning, and they shut us down.”

Hosmer opened the fourth with his third homer of the season. Kim, the Padres’ shortstop with Fernando Tatis Jr. out injured, tied the game 3-all with his first big league homer starting the fifth, and Rangers starter Jordan Lyles faced only one more batter after that.

Manny Machado added an RBI double in the Padres seventh, two innings after he was tagged out at third base on Gold Glove-winning right fielder Joey Gallo‘s one-hop throw after he fielded Hosmer’s hit that dropped in front of him.

MANNY TOSSED

Machado got ejected when he had words with home plate umpire Jansen Visconti after taking a called third strike with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Machado was laughing as he walked off, but had also been upset with a similar call ending the first inning.

Tingler said he was mad at himself for not getting out there quicker, but said Machado and Visconti were walking away from each other when the umpire tossed the third baseman.

“Hard to hear something (said) when you have 30,000 people there,” Tingler said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RHP Austin Adams (right elbow strain) was activated from the 10-day injured list. … RHP Dinelson Lamet (right UCL sprain) threw 56 pitches and looked sharp in an alternate training site game Friday. Tingler said Lamet could make his season debut as early as next week’s series in Pittsburgh. Lamet was 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts last season, but didn’t pitch in the postseason because of elbow discomfort.

Rangers: LF David Dahl was back in the lineup. He didn’t play Friday, when he was a little under the weather.

UP NEXT

Lefty Adrian Morejon (0-0) starts the series finale for the Padres against Mike Foltynewicz (0-1), who needed 95 pitches to get through four innings in the home opener Monday against Toronto.

Swanson, Olson go deep vs Scherzer, Braves take NL East lead

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ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered off Max Scherzer, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a crucial 4-2 victory Saturday night over the New York Mets and a one-game lead in the NL East.

The defending World Series champions beat aces Jacob deGrom and Scherzer on consecutive nights to take their biggest lead of the season in the division. New York, which held a 10 1/2-game cushion on June 1, faces its biggest deficit of the year with four games remaining.

Atlanta will try for a three-game sweep Sunday night, with the winner earning the season-series tiebreaker between the teams. Even though both teams are headed to the postseason, that’s important because the NL East champion gets a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Swanson’s 24th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot in the fifth inning, touched off a frenzy among the sold-out crowd at Truist Park, the ball sailing a few rows up into the seats in left-center to make it 3-2. Olson hit his 32nd homer in the sixth, a solo shot into Chop House seats in right to put Atlanta up 4-2.

Austin Riley led off the fourth with a double and scored on Olson’s single to make it 1-all.

Kyle Wright (21-5) gave up two runs and seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings as he won his eighth straight decision. The Braves have won 16 of his last 17 starts.

New York went up 2-1 in the fifth when Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil hit consecutive two-out singles.

The Mets led 1-0 in the first when Brandon Nimmo singled, advanced on a walk and a single and scored on Eduardo Escobar‘s groundout. Wright, who threw 30 pitches in the first, stranded two runners in scoring position to prevent further damage.

Scherzer (11-5) allowed a first-inning single to Riley and a third-inning infield single to Ronald Acuna Jr., who advanced to third on a fielding error by Lindor at shortstop but was stranded when Michael Harris II lined out to center. Scherzer patted his glove and pumped his fist as he walked off the mound.

Scherzer was charged with nine hits and four runs with no walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets were knocked out of first place for only the third day all season.

The Braves have won five of the last six against New York to tie the season series 9-all, outscoring the Mets 37-16 over that stretch.

Atlanta’s bullpen, which posted a 1.70 ERA in September, got a perfect inning from Dylan Lee in the sixth. Jesse Chavez faced four batters in the seventh, Raisel Iglesias faced the minimum in the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 39th save in 46 chances.

Since the Braves were a season low-tying four games under .500 at 23-27 after play on May 31, they have gone 76-32, tying the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the majors over that span. They were a season-worst 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets on June 1.

Wright, the only 20-game winner in baseball this season, hasn’t officially become the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins outright since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003, but the Dodgers’ Julio Urias has 17 and can’t reach 20 before the regular season ends.

Wright will become the first Braves pitcher since Hall of Famer Tom Glavine in 2000 to lead the majors in wins. Houston ace Justin Verlander also has 17.

Wright began the game 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts and one relief appearance against the Mets.

The Braves, who got homers from Riley, Olson and Swanson off deGrom on Friday, lead the NL with 240 homers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: All-Star RF Starling Marte (right middle finger fracture) has yet to begin swinging or throwing. Manager Buck Showalter said Marte is experiencing less pain but not enough to take the next step in his recovery. Marte has been sidelined since Sept. 7.

Braves: RHP Spencer Strider still has not thrown as he gets treatment on a sore left oblique. Manager Brian Snitker said there is no timetable for the rookie’s return. Strider has been sidelined since Sept. 21.

NICE GLOVE

Harris ran back and jumped to catch Nimmo’s fly against the wall in center field for the first out of the third.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (15-8, 3.27 ERA) will face RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.29) as the teams conclude a three-game series.