SAN DIEGO (AP) — Blake Snell earned his first win for the San Diego Padres, backed by Manny Machado’s early three-run homer in a 6-2 victory Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.
Pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar connected on a solo homer in the eighth inning and Jake Cronenworth added a two-run single as the Padres pulled away.
Snell (1-0) gave up one earned run and five hits in five innings, striking out six. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner was acquired from Tampa Bay in an offseason trade.
“It feels good. … Really good tempo, good pace, good rhythm,” Snell said. “I’ll continue to grow and get better, I’m not too worried about that.”
Machado provided all the offense San Diego would need with his three-run shot to left-center field off Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) in the first inning.
“It just feels like the whole squad is getting in sync,” Machado said. “As of April the bullpen and pitching staff carried us. I think it is about that time that the offense starts chipping in and starts doing what we need to do.”
Leadoff hitter Trent Grisham singled and Fernando Tatis Jr. walked before Machado jumped on a hanging knuckle-curve.
“I was trying to hit the ball, trying to find a hole. I found one — over the fence, I guess. That is the way it works,” Machado said. “We are just trying to get those early runs for Snell, give him a lead for the first time, help him get his first win.”
Staked to a 3-0 lead, Snell was in charge through the first three innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by getting Wilmer Flores to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
“Early on he was super sharp. Had all his pitches in play,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “He did a great job keeping them off balance.”
San Francisco rallied…