July 24, 2023; San Diego, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (41) reacted to his two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Petco Park. Image: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports
Carlos Santana hit a pair of homers and cruised in four rounds to lift the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday night in the opening three-game series
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Former Padres minor league prospects Jack Suwinski and Liover Peguero also host the Pirates, who are unbeaten in four games against San Diego this season.
Pirates starter Quinn Priester earned his first major league win despite giving up a pair of home runs to Padres leadoff batsman Ha-Seong Kim. Priester (1-1) gave up four runs on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts during 5 1/3 innings in his second major league start
Kim gave the Padres a quick 1-0 lead when he steered Priest’s fourth pitch of the game over the left center field wall on the first pitch. But the Pirates scored eight unanswered runs before Kim’s second homer of the game and his 14th of the season – a two-run shot following two goals by Trent Grisham in the fifth.
Suwinski tied the game at the top of the third with his 21st homer of the season. After Andrew McCutchen strolled around, Santana gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead with a 380-foot drive to right center
Jared Triolo led the fourth by one and, two outs later, Peguero hit his first major league home run — a 337-foot drive to the left that just hit a chair. In the fifth, Santana hit his second two-run homer – again after walking to McCutchen. It was Santana’s 11th homer of the season.
Padres starter Yu Darvish (7-7) gave up all four homers, equaling a career high. He ultimately gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
The Pirates finished with 13 hits, getting three apiece from Suwinski and Santana
Luis Campusano scored two RBI goals in the sixth to give the Padres a fourth and final round
Pirates second baseman Tucupita Marcano had to be helped off with a knee injury after he slipped to third in the fifth inning.
–Field Level Media