Hosmer and Padres beat Mariners 6-4 for 8th consecutive win | Professional
By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Two runs were already underway on single ground to the left of base-loaded Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning when Fernando Tatis Jr. came flying around third base and scored when wide receiver. Seattle Tom Murphy couldn’t hold the pitch for a mistake.
It’s the kind of aggression the young superstar has become known for, and the kind of aggression manager Jayce Tingler likes to see from top to bottom.
“We’re going to play fearlessly,” Tingler said after the Padres beat the Mainers 6-4 on Saturday night for their eighth consecutive victory. “We’re not going to stop being aggressive, we’re not afraid of getting kicked out. That’s what I love. The way the guys crash, the way they run the bases, the bats, defense, throwing It’s exciting baseball and these are guys shooting for each other, playing with energy.
The Padres, who have baseball’s best record at 28-17, can sweep their third straight series if they beat the Mariners on Sunday. Overall, the Padres have won 11 of 12 games. Seattle has lost five in a row.
Tatis was sent off trying to steal third base earlier in the game, but that did little to dampen the Padres’ aggression. Jorge Mateo stole the third early in the fifth inning, attracting a stray throw from Murphy that got him the kickoff.
The game was tied at 1 when the Padres pierced left-hander Justus Sheffield (3-4) in the fifth. The Padres have scored five runs on four singles, two walks, a stolen base and a sacrificial decay by Joe Musgrove, a starting pitcher who is sometimes called upon to pinch. The Mariners made three errors in the set, two after Hosmer’s single.