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 April 9 at Texas, came into the game 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 that led to an unearned run in the Giants’ four-run outburst. Musgrove gave up two additional runs in the fifth.
San Francisco tacked on a 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 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 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.
In the fourth, Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson robbed Jake Cronenworth of a hit with a charging, diving catch.
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 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.
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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