ARLINGTON, Texas, USA
Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and is the season’s top home runner with 11, and the San Diego Padres beat the Texas Rangers 14-4 on Monday and snapped a string of five losses.
Tatis also broke his RBI record with seven. The Dominican started his big night with a three-run homer that gave his team a 10-3 lead on the scoreboard in the seventh inning on a 405-foot hit that went to the San Diego bullpen between left and right field. central, and also the fastest of the season for him, at 113 mph, according to Statcast.
The 21-year-old slugger’s first grand slam in the career came on a 3-0 pitch by compatriot Juan Nicasio, who went right in the eighth and hit the cardboard cutout of a fan in the fourth row. Tatis passed Mike Trout, who started the night with 10 home runs.
Zach Davies (3-2) won after conceding three hits at the plate with six strikeouts in more than five innings, in the first of two games San Diego will play at Texas before the two travel to California to complete the four games that will be played in this season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.
The loss went to Jordan Lyles (1-2), who conceded seven hits and as many touchdowns, six of them earned, in four innings.
For the Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr. 5-2, with two runs scored and seven RBIs. Jurickson Profar from Curaçao 5-2, with two runs scored and two produced.
For the Rangers, Danny Santana 3-1, with two runs scored. The Venezuelan Rougned Odor 4-1, with two RBIs.