Snell gets 1st win with Padres, 6-2 over Giants

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 over the San Francisco Giants

SAN DIEGO — 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 San Diego 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.

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.

Leadoff hitter Trent Grisham singled and Fernando Tatis Jr. walked before Machado jumped on a hanging knuckle-curve.

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.

San Francisco rallied in the fifth. Mauricio Dubon hit his first home run of the season, a leadoff shot to left field. After an error by Cronenworth at second base, Darin Ruf drove in a run with a sharp single to make it 3-2. Snell struck out Brandon Belt swinging with the bases loaded to preserve the slim lead.

Snell was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

Profar homered on the first pitch of the Padres eighth against reliever Camilo Doval to make it 4-2.

Later in the inning, Tatis and Eric Hosmer executed a double steal with two outs. Cronenworth followed by driving in two runs with a single to right against reliever Jose Alvarez.

DeSclafani lasted six innings, giving up three earned runs and three hits while striking out three.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: Manager Gabe Kapler said SS Brandon Crawford wasn’t in the starting lineup due to a calf injury, but the team hoped he would be available to come off the bench if needed.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-0, 2.14 ERA) starts Sunday in the three-game series finale.

Padres: Manager Jayce Tingler had not announced a starter for Sunday yet. It could be RHP Joe Musgrove (2-2, 1.24), who would be pitching on his regular turn, or RHP Dinelson Lamet if the Padres determine he’s healthy enough to come off the injured list.

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