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Gausman, Tauchman lead Giants past Padres 7-1 to avoid sweep

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and scored twice, Mike Tauchman homered and drove in four runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep. Tauchman hit a three-run shot in the third off Joe Musgrove to help the Giants remain atop the NL West. Gausman (2-0) kept the Padres off-balance, giving up six hits and striking out six. He also reached base on a single and an error to help the offense.

Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the first inning for San Diego.

Musgrove (2-3), who pitched the first no-hitter in Padres history for his hometown team on April 9 in Texas, came with a 1.24 ERA and .137 opponents’ batting average (both ranked second in the NL). But he was not sharp against the Giants.

The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) and four hits – including Tauchman’s drive to right field on a 90 mph cutter.

Musgrove also made a costly fielding error on a sacrifice bunt attempt in the third, leading to an unearned run in the Giants’ four-run outburst. Musgrove gave up two additional runs in the fifth.

San Francisco tacked on the run in the ninth for a 7-1 lead as Padres reliever Aaron Northcraft walked four batters, including Tauchman, with the bases loaded.

Tatis hit an opposite-field homer to the right off Gausman to give San Diego a short-lived 1-0 lead.

There were two outstanding catches in the outfield, one by each team.

In the first inning, Tauchman hit a deep fly to the right-center where Padres right fielder Jurickson Profar ranged far to his right and made a spectacular diving grab near the base of the wall.

Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson robbed Jake Cronenworth of a hit with a charging, diving catch in the fourth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Reyes Moronta experienced forearm tightness while warming up in the bullpen Saturday and was due to be seen by a doctor Sunday, manager Gabe Kapler said. … SS Brandon Crawford (calf) was feeling better and was to be evaluated to see if he could play defense or pinch-hit. … 2B Tommy La Stella appeared to be shaken up after diving for a ball in the third inning and was visited by the athletic trainer. After he tripled and scored in the fifth, La Stella was removed.

Padres: Reinstated RHP Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) from the 10-day injured list and optioned LHP Nick Ramirez to the alternate training site.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 2.22 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado on Monday.

Padres: Manager Jayce Tingler had not announced a starter yet for Monday against Pittsburgh.

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