Drury, Nola homer in big rally, Padres beat Giants 13-7

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SAN DIEGO — Brandon Drury hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth and Austin Nola‘s two-run homer capped a seven-run rally – all with two outs – that carried the San Diego Padres to a wild 13-7 win against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

The Padres fell behind 4-0, surged ahead 6-4 after Manny Machado‘s two-run double ignited a six-run rally in the third and then fell behind 7-6 in the sixth. But the Padres came through with another big rally in the bottom of the sixth, the second time they batted around in the game.

Drury lined a 1-2 pitch from Yunior Marte (0-1) into the seats in left field with two outs to make it 9-7. Machado and Josh Bell were aboard on singles. The Padres added on with Kim Ha-seong’s RBI double, an error and then Nola’s shot into a balcony on the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left field corner. It was Drury’s 22nd and Nola’s third.

Machado and Jake Cronenworth had three hits apiece and Drury drove in four runs. The Padres scored 20 runs in winning two straight games after suffering two straight shutouts at the end of a five-game losing streak. They went 26 scoreless innings from the fourth inning Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers until Juan Soto hit his first homer with the Padres in the fourth inning Tuesday night. The Padres won that game 7-4 on Machado’s three-run walk-off homer.

Robert Suarez (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.

San Diego now heads to Washington, where Soto and Josh Bell will face their old team. They were acquired from the Nationals in a blockbuster trade on Aug. 2.

The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate in the third and scored six runs on six hits, two walks and a fielder’s choice. They sent seven batters to the plate and scored four runs before making an out while chasing starter Jakob Junis.

For the third time in franchise history, they had four hits with the bases loaded. Besides Machado’s double, the Padres got bases-loaded singles from Drury, Cronenworth and Trent Grisham. Another run scored on Nola’s fielder’s choice.

The Padres needed the big rally after the Giants scored three runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. Two of those runs came in when Soto, the right fielder, misplayed Austin Slater‘s single into three bases, allowing two runs to score. Wilmer Flores then singled in Slater.

San Francisco went ahead 7-6 in the sixth with a three-run rally capped by pinch-hitter Joc Pederson‘s RBI single.

J.D. Davis homered with one out the second, his seventh, off Padres starter Sean Manaea.

Manaea allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in five innings.

Junis allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

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Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.