SAN DIEGO (AP) – Blake Snell struck out eight before leaving the mound after 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his Padres debut, Eric Hosmer knocked her out of the park for the second game in a row and drove in three runs and San Diego defeated on Friday 4-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Snell did an impressive job limiting the Diamondbacks to four hits and two walks, but he couldn’t qualify for victory because he missed five innings. San Diego manager Jayce Tingler replaced the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner after his second out in the fourth, with Ketel Marte on the bases thanks to a double and the Padres 3-0 up on the scoreboard.
Craig Stammen took his place on the mound and retired Eduardo Escobar on two pitches. Snell had fanned Escobar twice.
Emilio Pagán (2-0) pitched an inning for the win and Mark Melancon pitched in the ninth for his second save in two games.
The loss went to Merrill Kelly’s record (0-1) after conceding three plate appearances and five hits in four innings, in which he struck out four and allowed three passes.
For the Diamondbacks, Ketel Marte 5-2, with one run scored and two produced. Venezuelans Eduardo Escobar 4-0; Asdrúbal Cabrera of 3-1; David Peralta of 2-1.
For the Padres, the Dominicans Fernando Tatis Jr. 3-0; Jorge Mateo from 3-2. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 1-0, with an RBI. The Venezuelan Tucupita Marcano 1-0.