8th-inning heroics from Solarte not enough

8th-inning heroics from Solarte not enough

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants, baseball's hottest team with 13 wins in their past 14 games, maintained their dominance of the San Diego Padres as Brandon Crawford drilled a two-out, walk-off single to give the National League West leaders a 4-3 victory Wednesday and a sweep of the three-game series. The Giants have won all nine games between the two clubs this season, marking their first nine-game winning streak against the Padres in franchise history.

With the score tied at 3, Matt Duffy sparked the Giants' winning rally off reliever Brad Hand with a one-out single to center field. One out later, Hand flung a wild pitch on an 0-2 delivery to Crawford. The All-Star shortstop drove the next pitch to deep center, out of Jon Jay's reach. It was San Francisco's fifth walk-off victory of the season, a Major League high.

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Sanchez greeted warmly by Giants fans

Padres catcher plays at AT&T Park for first time as a visitor

Sanchez greeted warmly by Giants fans

SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres catcher Hector Sanchez wasn't sure what to expect when he strode to the batters' box at AT&T Park for the first time as a visitor.

"With fans, you never know what's going to happen," Sanchez said.

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Friedrich gets the call as Padres head to Arizona

Friedrich gets the call as Padres head to Arizona

Home hasn't been so sweet for the D-backs this season. In 24 games at Chase Field, they're 7-17. But, after wrapping up a six-game road trip Thursday in Pittsburgh, they'll get a chance to reverse that trend when they welcome the division-rival Padres for a three-game set.

The series gets underway Friday with a battle of southpaws -- Robbie Ray for Arizona and Christian Friedrich for San Diego. After two starts, the Padres still aren't sure what they have in Friedrich -- but they're willing to find out. The 28-year-old left-hander looked very sharp during his club debut in Milwaukee, but he couldn't make it out of the fourth inning last Friday vs. the Dodgers.

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Cashner delivers encouraging return from DL

Cashner delivers encouraging return from DL

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Cashner spent the past two weeks on the disabled list, but the hard-throwing Padres right-hander was able-bodied for a big chunk of his time away from the mound.

On May 8, Cashner went down with a strained right hamstring. Within about a week, however, he was feeling 100 percent -- and could have taken the ball earlier if rules permitted him to do so. Instead, Cashner had to wait until Tuesday's start in San Francisco, where he looked relatively sharp, allowing three runs on four hits over six innings in an 8-2 Padres loss.

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Padres can't hold off Giants' rally, drop series

Padres can't hold off Giants' rally, drop series

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a legitimate offensive eruption for the San Francisco Giants, they scored twice in Wednesday's sixth inning to snap a tie, then added five eighth-inning runs to pull away for an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The Giants, who hadn't scored more than five runs in any of their 16 previous games, inched ahead with the score deadlocked at 1-1. Joe Panik walked to lead off the sixth against Padres starter Andrew Cashner and raced home one out later on a double by Buster Posey, who scored on Brandon Crawford's two-out single.

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Gettys among top prospect performers Tuesday

Gettys among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9.

The Fightin' Phils (30-15) loaded the bases in the ninth inning on a pair of walks and a single to set the stage for Hoskins, who blasted right-hander Paul Voelker's 1-0 offering over the wall in left-center field to win the game. The home run was the Phillies' No. 19 prospect's eighth in 42 games this season. He's hitting .263 with 30 runs scored and 30 RBIs on the season.

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Gwynn family addresses media following suit

Wife, children allege that tobacco company contributed to Padres Hall of Famer's death

Gwynn family addresses media following suit

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn's family spoke with the media on Tuesday, one day after filing a lawsuit against a tobacco company.

Gwynn, the Hall of Famer and Padres legend who died at the age of 54, was a heavy user of smokeless tobacco. His family alleges that the Altria Group Inc., the former Philip Morris Co. and others among the world's biggest tobacco companies, were aware of the harmful repercussions of using its product.

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Dickerson extends hitting streak to 22

Lemond, Kelly, De Los Santos pitch strong starts

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Alex Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 22 games and right-handed pitching prospects Zech Lemond, Michael Kelly and Enyel De Los Santos turned in strong starts Tuesday in the Padres' Minor League system.

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Pomeranz continues brilliant run vs. Giants

Padres lefty delivers 7 shutout innings, lowers ERA to 1.70

Pomeranz continues brilliant run vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Over the weekend, the Padres called on their bullpen for 16 innings during a pair of extra-inning games against the Dodgers at Petco Park. More than anything else, they needed length from Drew Pomeranz Monday in San Francisco.

As he's done so frequently this season, Pomeranz delivered.

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Green says Padres need to 'raise the bar'

After 7th loss to Giants, team holds closed-door meeting

Green says Padres need to 'raise the bar'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Following Monday's gut-wrenching 1-0 loss to the Giants, Padres manager Andy Green held a 10-minute closed-door meeting to address his team.

Neither Green nor his players would discuss the specifics of what was said. But in Green's eyes, a conversation was warranted following a loss like Monday's -- in which the winning run scored on a ninth-inning popup that dropped in front of right fielder Matt Kemp.

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Pomeranz's gem wasted as Giants walk off

Pomeranz's gem wasted as Giants walk off

SAN FRANCISCO -- Pinch-hitter Hunter Pence's two-out fly ball fell between a pair of San Diego Padres fielders for a ninth-inning double Monday, driving in the game's lone run as the Giants and Johnny Cueto prevailed, 1-0. It was San Francisco's 11th victory in 12 games.

Brandon Belt began the Giants' winning rally by leading off the ninth inning with a bloop single to center field off Brad Hand, San Diego's second reliever. Hand struck out Brandon Crawford and coaxed Gregor Blanco's popup. Pence, who has been sidelined since Friday with a hamstring injury, lifted a catchable-looking fly to shallow right field. But with the Padres playing no-doubles defense, Kemp couldn't make up the ground, and the ball fell between him and Alexi Amarista, before bouncing away to end the game. Afterward, Kemp refused to use the wind as an excuse.

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Padres temporarily option Rea to fortify 'pen

Padres temporarily option Rea to fortify 'pen

SAN FRANCISCO -- On the surface, it seems like twisted logic, but the Padres like what they've seen out of 25-year-old right-hander Colin Rea -- so much so that they optioned him to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

In his six-year professional career, Rea has never pitched more than 139 innings. He has already thrown 50 1/3 through about a quarter of this season, with a 4.47 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.

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Pomeranz's ERA over last 4 starts is 0.75

Left-hander ranks third in National League in ERA

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Monday night in San Francisco marked the third time in his last four starts than left-hander Drew Pomeranz didn't allow a run.

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2002 ASG ended in an 11-inning tie

Both teams ran out of pitchers

2002 ASG ended in an 11-inning tie

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The 2002 All-Star Game started out as one of the more exciting in the history of the series. But it ended on a sour note as a 7-7 tie after 11 innings, leading to sweeping changes in the way future All-Star Games were structured and what they would mean.

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Dickerson, Renfroe, Noonan homer for El Paso

Allen, 2 relievers combine on 2-hit shutout

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Alex Dickerson hit his seventh homer as a pinch-hitter to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, and shortstop Nick Noonan and right fielder Hunter Renfroe also homered Monday night as Triple-A El Paso opened a road trip with a 6-1 win at Iowa.

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Allen among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Allen among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Gwynn family sues tobacco industry over death

Hall of Famer died in '14 of salivary gland cancer

Gwynn family sues tobacco industry over death

SAN FRANCISCO -- The family of Tony Gwynn filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the tobacco industry on Monday, according to the New York Times. Gwynn, who died in 2014 of salivary gland cancer, spent 20 seasons as an outfielder for the Padres and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

The Times' report states that the lawsuit was filed against Altria Group, Inc., formerly Philip Morris. In the suit, Gwynn's family charges that Gwynn was manipulated into his addiction to smokeless tobacco, which led to his death at age 54.

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Padres name Burkhart as Class A manager

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres named Lance Burkhart as manager of the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm on Monday, five days after former skipper Francisco Morales resigned.

Burkhart had spent last year and the early part of this season as hitting coach for another Padres affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Low A Midwest League. There, he spent time working with many of the same players currently on the Lake Elsinore roster.

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Enberg, Bosque to represent Padres at Draft

Enberg, Bosque to represent Padres at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres outlasted by Dodgers in 17-inning loss

Padres outlasted by Dodgers in 17-inning loss

SAN DIEGO -- Yasiel Puig's two-run single with the bases loaded keyed a four-run 17th inning as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep with a 9-5 marathon win over the Padres on Sunday.

Howie Kendrick, who homered and doubled earlier, led off the inning with another double and Adrian Gonzalez was walked intentionally by San Diego pitcher Luis Perdomo. Thursday night's starting pitcher Ross Stripling, pressed into relief duty as the ninth Dodgers pitcher, moved the runners over with a groundout after squaring to bunt. Joc Pederson was walked intentionally to load the bases for Puig, who singled up the middle for his third hit.

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Dickerson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Dickerson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week, for the week of May 16-22, is highlighted by a trio of 20-year-old prospects in Willy Adames, Cody Bellinger and Jamie Westbrook, all of whom have excelled this season against older competition in their first tastes of the Double-A level.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blash hits 3 HRs in 8 ABs with Triple-A El Paso

Dickerson extends hitting streak to 20 games

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Jabari Blash hit two homers Sunday, and Alex Dickerson extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 20 games for Triple-A El Paso.

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Perdomo takes loss after gritty performance

Padres reliever pitches five innings in 17-inning contest vs. Dodgers

Perdomo takes loss after gritty performance

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Perdomo was ripping tags off a new shirt and pants for the trip to San Francisco.

He might be packing a fresh dose of confidence as well.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres apologize following Pride Night mix-up

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have apologized for a mistake during the national anthem on Saturday, which caused a recording of a woman singing to play over the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. Following an internal investigation, the club also announced the termination of its relationship with the contractor responsible for the error, while taking disciplinary action against the team employee who was responsible for that night's game production.

Saturday's game against the Dodgers was "Pride Night" at Petco Park, and the club had invited 100 members of the chorus to perform the anthem. But just before the group was set to sing, the stadium's speaker system played a recording instead.

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Play Ball celebrated with Little League parade

Padres host more than 7,500 youth players on Sunday

Play Ball celebrated with Little League parade

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres wrapped up Play Ball Weekend on Sunday with a Little League Day parade, featuring more than 7,500 players and coaches.

Before Sunday's game against the Dodgers, the Petco Park warning track was abuzz with Little Leaguers in colorful jerseys. A preselected group of youth players were also permitted to take infield practice prior to the game.

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17 facts for 17 innings: LA outlasts Padres

17 facts for 17 innings: LA outlasts Padres

After needing 11 innings to decide Saturday's game, the Padres and Dodgers decided they just couldn't say goodbye in the series finale Sunday at Petco Park.

A game that started in bright sunshine at 1:43 p.m. PT finished as the stadium lights kicked on. Even the outfield sprinklers, rightfully figuring that the game was well expired, decided to go off. When it was all said and done, 17 innings worth of baseball -- almost an entire extra game -- had been put up on the scoreboard.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Extra-inning losses can cause lingering issues

Kemp's slump; Buchter streak ends

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The problem with a game like Sunday's 17-inning marathon at Petco Park is that they have lingering consequences.

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