Drury homers, drives in 3 as Padres hold off Giants 6-5

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SAN FRANCISCO — Mike Clevinger came to the San Diego Padres from Cleveland, so he knows a thing or two about rain delays.

He did a beautiful job weathering not one but two unusual stoppages Monday night.

Brandon Drury hit a two-run homer in the first inning and later added an RBI single, leading Clevinger and the Padres past the San Francisco Giants 6-5 in a game that included a pair of delays due to an injured umpire and an electrical issue.

“This was a very frequent occurrence, but it was rain,” Clevinger said about his nearly five seasons in Cleveland. “It was either rain on the forecast or rain happening.”

Josh Bell had an RBI single for San Diego to get things started in the first, then Austin Nola hit a two-run single in the fourth.

Play was initially halted when plate umpire Marvin Hudson got hurt in the bottom of the first, then again for 40 minutes in the top of the third when some of the ballpark light banks went out.

Unfazed, Clevinger moved to the indoor mound and kept throwing.

“He ended up throwing 80 pitches or so. It felt like he threw 150,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

That wasn’t far off – 83 in the game, plus all the additional work. Clevinger tossed the equivalent of another bullpen session during the break.

“From 83 in the game to 32 before the game and 30 extra in the tunnel and the eight or nine between each inning, yeah, about 150 pitches,” he said with a chuckle.

During the long delay, the scoreboard operator with a good sense of humor played Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City” for a singalong. Then, the Padres’ Petco Park Twitter handle posted a photo of working lights at their ballpark, saying, “Just going to leave this here (at)OracleParkSF.”

Clevinger (5-5) allowed Joc Pederson‘s two-run homer in the fourth for the only runs off him in five innings. Austin Slater‘s two-run single in the eighth against Nick Martinez and a run-scoring single by J.D. Davis made things interesting.

Martinez got four outs for his seventh save as San Diego held on in a 3-hour, 44-minute game after a 15-7 loss at Kansas City on Sunday.

Pederson’s shot ended a streak of 172 plate appearances without a longball for San Francisco, and it was the Giants’ first in five games. It was the club’s second-longest streak this season behind 176 plate appearances without a homer from July 2-6.

Giants catcher Joey Bart left following the fourth after he took a foul tip from Manny Machado in the third. Bart stayed in to catch Carlos Rodon (12-7) in the fourth following a quick check at the plate of his face by athletic trainer Anthony Reyes, who then walked him up to the clubhouse for further examination.

Rodon, who was 4-0 over his previous five starts, allowed five runs and four hits. He struck out two and walked four while matching his second-shortest outing of the year at four innings as the Giants dropped their fifth straight and ninth in 11 overall.

SUMMER STRUGGLES

Giants manager Gabe Kapler still hopes his team has enough fight to make a September push. The defending NL West champions, who won a franchise-best 107 games last year, haven’t strung together enough consistent elements to win regularly.

“I think we can definitely do better at bouncing back from the tough stretch and I think that we’re sitting at the end of August,” Kapler said. “There’s still a lot of baseball left to be played and we’re gonna have lots of opportunities to be better at bouncing back.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Umpire: Hudson exited in the bottom of the first with right knee discomfort after slipping and landing awkwardly with his right knee bent above his left leg. Hudson was tracking the ball on Tommy La Stella‘s foul popup when he fell. Giants athletic trainer Dave Groeschner checked on Hudson and walked him out a nearby tunnel by the visitors’ dugout. It delayed the game approximately 10 minutes. Second base umpire John Tumpane moved behind the plate to replace Hudson.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria had the night off after injuring his right hamstring in Sunday’s series finale at Minnesota. … 1B Brandon Belt will see Dr. Timothy McAdams at Stanford on Tuesday for a second opinion on his inflamed right knee that continues to cause him pain. … Jose Alvarez (left elbow) will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister this week for a second opinion. … Anthony DeSclafani (right ankle) is scheduled to be re-evaluated by Giants doctors this week in San Francisco. … Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain) is rehabbing in Arizona.

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LHP Blake Snell (5-7, 4.24 ERA) looks for his second win in five starts when he pitches the middle game of the series for San Diego.

Giants RHP Logan Webb (11-7, 3.33) tries for his career-high 12th victory after finishing 2021 with 11 wins.

Yankees star Judge hits 61st home run, ties Maris’ AL record

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TORONTO — Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run drive for the New York Yankees in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old slugger drove a 94.5 mph belt-high sinker with a full-count from left-hander Tim Mayza over the left-field fence at Rogers Centre. The 117.4 mph drive took just 3.8 seconds to land 394 feet from the plate, and it put the Yankees ahead 5-3.

Judge watched the ball clank off the front of the stands, just below two fans who reached over a railing and tried for a catch. He pumped an arm just before reaching first and exchanged a slap with coach Travis Chapman.

The ball dropped into Toronto’s bullpen and was picked up by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, who turned it over to the Yankees.

Judge’s mother and Roger Maris Jr. rose and hugged from front-row seats. He appeared to point toward them after rounding second base, then was congratulated by the entire Yankees team, who gave him hugs after he crossed the plate.

Judge moved past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league mark until Maris broke it in 1961. All three stars reached those huge numbers playing for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds holds the big league record of 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

Judge had gone seven games without a home run – his longest drought this season was nine in mid-August. This was the Yankees’ 155th game of the season, leaving them seven more in the regular season.

The home run came in the fourth plate appearance of the night for Judge, ending a streak of 34 plate appearances without a home run.

Judge is hitting .313 with 130 RBIs, also the top totals in the AL. He has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

Maris hit No. 61 for the Yankees on Oct. 1, 1961, against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard.

Maris’ mark has been exceeded six times, but all have been tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year, and Bonds topped him. Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performing-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball started testing with penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans – perhaps many – until now have considered Maris the holder of the “clean” record.

Among the tallest batters in major league history, the 6-foot-7 Judge burst on the scene on Aug. 13, 2016, homering off the railing above Yankee Stadium’s center-field sports bar and into the netting above Monument Park. He followed Tyler Austin to the plate and they become the first teammates to homer in their first major league at-bats in the same game.

Judge hit 52 homers with 114 RBIs the following year and was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. Injuries limited him during the following three seasons, and he rebounded to hit 39 homers with 98 RBIs in 2021.

As he approached his last season before free agent eligibility, Judge on opening day turned down the Yankees’ offer of an eight-year contract worth from $230.5 million to $234.5 million. The proposal included an average of $30.5 million annually from 2023-29, with his salary this year to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by the player.

An agreement was reached in June on a $19 million, one-year deal, and Judge heads into this offseason likely to get a contract from the Yankees or another team for $300 million or more, perhaps topping $400 million.

Judge hit six homers in April, 12 in May and 11 in June. He earned his fourth All-Star selection and entered the break with 33 homers. He had 13 homers in July and dropped to nine in August, when injuries left him less protected in the batting order and pitchers walked him 25 times.

He became just the fifth player to hold a share of the AL season record. Nap Lajoie hit 14 in the AL’s first season as a major league in 1901, and Philadelphia Athletics teammate Socks Seabold had 16 the next year, a mark that stood until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Ruth set the record four times in all, with 54 in 1920, 59 in 1921 and 60 in 1927, a mark that stood until Maris’ 61 in 1961.

Maris was at 35 in July 1961 during the first season each team’s schedule increased from 154 games to 162, and baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled if anyone topped Ruth in more than 154 games “there would have to be some distinctive mark in the record books to show that Babe Ruth’s record was set under a 154-game schedule.”

That “distinctive mark” became known as an “asterisk” and it remained until Sept. 4, 1991, when a committee on statistical accuracy chaired by Commissioner Fay Vincent voted unanimously to recognize Maris as the record holder.