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Tatis hurts again; Padres outperform Rangers


Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres eludes Texas Rangers third baseman Todd Frazier to steal a base in the game on Tuesday, August 18, 2020


Fernando Tatis Jr. hurt Texas again, Wil Myers hit a big slam in the first inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night, swept in the two-game series.

Jurickson Profar added a two-run homer off his old team and five Padres relievers combined to cover six scoreless innings, securing the win.

On Monday, Tatis was instrumental in a 14-4 blowout, with one grand slam and seven RBIs. His home run came off fellow Dominican Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, angering manager Chris Woodward and his Rangers, who perceived that the young star broke one of baseball’s unwritten rules.

Rookie Ian Gibaut came in as a reliever after that bases-loaded homerun and his first pitch was a fastball that threatened to hit Manny Machado.

The Major Leagues suspended Gibaut for three games, who appealed the penalty so he remains playable. Woodward was suspended one game and delegated Tuesday’s responsibilities to bench coach Don Wakamatsu.

Tatis singled with two outs in the fourth act. Machado was walked, ending starter Mike Minor (0-4).

Gibaut came to the relief and Tatis took off immediately, looking to steal third base.

Todd Frazier, third baseman from Texas, was quite off the pad and thought he had touched Tatis’s right calf in time, so he ran into the cave. But umpire Néstor Ceja scored safe.

The Rangers unsuccessfully challenged the decision.

Tatis, 21, stole his sixth base of the season, sharing the top of the majors in that department. He began the day also leading the Major Leagues with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs.

The victory went to Craig Stammen (2-1).

For the Padres, the Dominican Taits 5-2 with a run scored, Machado 4-2 with a run scored. Venezuelan Luis Torrens 2-0.

For the Rangers, Danny Santana 4-1 with a run scored.