SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers had an opposite-field single with no outs in the seventh inning to end Tyler Anderson’s no-hit bid and the San Diego Padres beat Pittsburgh 2-0 Monday night, the Pirates’ fifth straight loss.
Anderson (2-3) kept the Padres off-balance for six innings before they broke through in the seventh. Anderson issued a leadoff walk to Manny Machado before Myers singled to right field. Until then, Anderson had allowed only three baserunners, two on walks and one on his error in the fifth inning.
After Myers’ hit, Tommy Pham hit a sacrifice fly and Austin Nola hit an RBI single with two outs to chase Anderson. San Diego had just three hits.
“In that scenario, especially with the game being close like that, it’s finding ways to win, finding ways to get on base,” Myers said. “It’s shortening up your swing, shortening up your approach and that’s what we did there in the seventh inning. We were able to squeak out some runs there to win the ballgame.”
Anderson said the walk to Machado hurt because if first baseman Colin Moran hadn’t been holding him on, he likely would have gotten to Myers’ ground ball.
“I think he was just kind of diving out there a little bit,” Anderson said of Myers. “I think that if I don’t walk Machado to lead that off, that ball’s hit right to Moran. That was a good at-bat by him. There was a big hole over there with a guy on first and he was just trying to shoot it. He’s a good baseball player.”
“It would have been a lot more fun if I didn’t walk that first guy,” he added.
Manager Derek Shelton said Anderson was outstanding.
“Obviously that’s a playoff-caliber lineup and probably about as good a lineup as we’re going to face, especially for him with all the right-handers in there,”…