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Manny Machado seemed happy to see brother-in-law Yonder Alonso as he did with two home runs.
Machado, one of the top hitters in the majors, had two impressive homers and Nick Martinez pitched seven strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory against the Miami Marlin Thursday evening.
Alonso, who played with the Padres for four seasons during his big league career, paid a surprise visit to the clubhouse to chat with Machado afterwards. Alonso is currently an MLB Network analyst.
“I was surprised by this,” Machado said. “He just showed up. I just saw him at the booth in Denver this morning. He took a flight and came here. That’s what the family does. He’s the best. I love him.”
Both $ 300 million third base homers were dropped by southpaw Jesus Luzardo. Machado hit center court with two out in the first inning and then threw a shot in the second deck in the left court with one out in the fourth.
Machado took the lead with seven homers. It was his first multi-homer game of the season and the 31st of his career.
“I’m playing good baseball,” Machado said. “Keep doing it, that’s all that matters.”
Machado and Eric Hosmer have led the Padres in the absence of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who is out until mid-June or later with a broken left wrist. Machado led the majors with 35 wins and drew first with 23 points and second behind Hosmer with an average of .365.
“I think we’re playing a good baseball suit,” Machado said. “Obviously Hos and I are training at a high level, but I think overall we are playing really well at baseball as a group.”
Bob Melvin of San Diego was at the baseball field but failed due to a non-COVID disease. He was replaced by bench coach Ryan Christenson.
Martinez (2-2) kept the Marlins to one run and four wins in seven innings, knocked out four and walked one. Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save on 12 occasions.
“He’s a fucking stallion, man,” Martinez said of Machado. “He comes close to the pot and it’s always a pot. It’s about a guy who can do it all, he can do it all. It’s great to have that kind of player on your side, especially with this team and him leading the way, you are always in. game. This gives pitchers a lot of confidence. “
Luzardo (2-2) conceded two points and three hits in six innings, knocked out seven and walked three.
After Machado’s first homer, the Marlins drew on Jesús Aguilar’s single RBI single in the third. Martinez allowed consecutive singles to open the innings. After Aguilar’s single, the right-hander forced Jorge Soler to double-play.
It was the 50th career homer at Petco Park for Machado, who signed with the Padres before the 2019 season. It was his ninth career multi-homer match at downtown stadium, the highest of any player. Hunter Renfroe is next with six.
MOMENTS OF SILENCE
The Padres held a moment of silence before the game for retired Associated Press photographer Lenny Ignlezi, who died Friday in Las Vegas at the age of 74. Ignelzi has spent nearly four decades producing stunning images of Hall of Fame sports personalities, devastating fires, and other major news in San Diego. Hall of Fame closest Trevor Hoffman said earlier this week that although Ignelzi had photographed many other sports, the Padres were his “go-to team”.
RHP Sandy Alcantara (2-1, 2.90) of the Marlins and RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 4.44) of the Marlins are expected to start Friday night in the second game of the four-game series.