SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s been a while since the San Diego Padres had a game like this.
Jorge Alfaro launched a three-run homer, Luke Voit and All-Star Manny Machado each hit a two-run shot and the Padres enjoyed their first five-homer outburst in more than a year to beat the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 10-1 Friday night.
Kim Ha-seong and Eric Hosmer added solo shots for the Padres, who gave left-hander Blake Snell (3-5) all the runs he needed in the first inning.
“It was fun to watch, fun to be part of that,” Alfaro said.
All-Star Byron Buxton homered for the Twins in the fourth, his 25th.
Right-hander Joe Ryan (7-4) yielded all five Padres homers, including Machado’s and Alfaro’s in a six-run fifth, when all the runs scored with two outs.
It was the Padres’ first five-homer game since July 16, 2021, at Washington, and their first at Petco Park since June 25, 2021, against Arizona.
“The complete game, the whole game, it was fun,” Alfaro said. “At the beginning we struggled a little bit with his fastball but after that we made the adjustment to go out and compete. It means a lot to us. Every win counts and now we just go for it.”
Voit hit his two-run shot in the first, his 13th. Kim hit his sixth in the second and Hosmer his eighth in the fourth.
Kim was aboard for Machado’s 17th in the fifth. Voit hit an RBI double two batters later and was aboard when Alfaro hit his three-run homer to right field, his seventh, that chased Ryan.
The Padres have struggled to hit home runs this year.
“We needed it to prove we can do it still, too,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve got some guys who can hit it out of the ballpark. The ball that Luke hit, the first one, was so high, that ball hasn’t been going out of here. Obviously…