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PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Attendance: 31,817
Rookies, Myers come up big in Padres' win over Pirates
(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- Competing in the ultra-challenging National League West, the San Diego Padres were long eliminated from postseason contention.
But the Padres are young and improving. And mostly anonymous.
Wil Myers, their best-known player, drove in three runs with a double and home run Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates while two of his not-so-famous teammates -- both rookies -- also came up large.
Right-hander Dinelson Lamet beat the Pirates for the second time in eight days, allowing one hit in 5 2/3 shutout innings, and shortstop Dusty Coleman hit a two-run homer in the 5-2 Padres' victory at PNC Park. Coleman also sparkled in the field.
"We're a team that has a lot of fight in us," Myers said. "A lot of guys are trying to prove themselves. We're sort of underdogs and the guys are playing with a chip on our shoulder."
Lamet (6-4) and a tricky slider held the Pirates hitless until Josh Bell singled in the fourth inning with Andrew McCutchen, who walked, on first base. Josh Harrison flied out weakly to end the threat.
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-8) gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five.
The Padres led 3-0 -- thanks to Myers -- when Lamet walked Adam Frazier and McCutchen with two outs in the sixth. Right-hander Phil Maton relieved and got Bell to fly out to short right field.
"He's been great the last number of times out," Padres manager Andy Green said of Lamet.
Lamet's slider, which breaks upward, "is a really unique pitch," Green said.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle likened the pitch to a "wiffle-ball." His club has managed three hits off Lamet in 11 2/3 innings.
"We haven't been able to do much with him," Hurdle said.
Harrison led off the seventh against Maton with his 12th homer of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Singles by Francisco Cervelli and David Freese, and a walk issued to Starling Marte loaded the bases with two outs.
Left-hander Buddy Baumann replaced Maton and Frazier singled to make it 3-2. With the bases still loaded, Craig Stammen came in and retired McCutchen on a pop fly.
Coleman's third home run of the season extended the lead to 5-2 in the eighth inning.
All-Star left-hander Brad Hand earned his eighth save, striking out one.
NOTES: The Pirates acquired IF/OF Sean Rodriguez from Atlanta for minor league IF Connor Joe. Rodriguez hit .270 with 18 home runs and 56 RBIs for the Pirates last season before signing a free agent contract with the Braves. He suffered an injured left rotator cuff in a car crash in January and did not make his 2017 debut until July 18. In 15 games, he was 6-for-37 with two home runs. ... The Pirates also acquired RHP George Kontos on waivers from the Giants. Kontos is 0-5 with a 3.83 ERA in 50 relief appearances. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Danny Ortiz and RHP Jhan Marinez were designated for assignment. ... Padres C Hector Sanchez left the game in the third after getting hit in the mask with a foul ball. He has suffered seven concussions.
Updated August 6, 2017