Myers homers again, Padres top D-backs 4-3 in 16 innings
PHOENIX — Wil Myers homered for the fourth time in two days, connecting in the 16th inning off Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis to send the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory Sunday.
Myers, who hit three home runs Saturday, clubbed a 3-2 pitch from Mathis over the right-field fence with two outs. Mathis (0-1) took the loss in his first pitching appearance since 2012 and third of his career. He moved to the mound after catching 15 innings.
The Diamondbacks used two starting pitchers out of necessity. Zack Greinke began the game and Zack Godley entered in extra innings.
Manuel Margot had a career-high five hits for the Padres and added a stolen base. All-Star closer Brad Hand (2-4) worked two innings for the win in a game that lasted 5 hours, 31 minutes.
Hand overcame a leadoff double in the 16th. The Padres won despite striking out 20 times and leaving 15 runners on base.
In his 400th career start — only three other active pitchers have reached that milestone — Greinke lasted just 4 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of the season for the Diamondbacks ace.
Greinke allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. But he did contribute on offense.
After failing to execute a third-inning sacrifice that turned into a fielder’s choice, he went to second on a hit-by-pitch and stole third base, taking over the major league lead for steals by a pitcher with his third of the season.
Greinke’s three stolen bases is a season record for a Diamondbacks pitcher.
Austin Hedges singled in the fourth to tie the game at 2, the third consecutive hit in the inning after Greinke got the first two outs.
The Diamondbacks regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Mathis doubled in Ketel Marte with one out.
Padres starter Clayton Richard struggled through five innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He walked four, hit Jon Jay twice with pitches and threw a wild pitch.
Richard escaped jams in the third and fourth with defensive help. Margot dove to take a potential run-scoring hit away from Steven Souza Jr. in the third, and the Padres turned a double play with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
Arizona’s A.J. Pollock was ejected for the second time in his career in the fifth after arguing a called third strike.
The Padres tied it at 3 on pinch-hitter Jose Pirela’s two-out single in the sixth to drive in Margot.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and starting pitcher Patrick Corbin made the NL All-Star team.
Goldschmidt was chosen for the sixth consecutive year and set a club record for most selections. Hand was San Diego’s lone representative.
The Padres recalled right-hander Miguel Diaz from Double-A San Antonio and sent pitcher Kazuhisa Makita to Triple-A El Paso.
Diaz pitched a scoreless 11th inning, recording four strikeouts to become the second Padres pitcher in club history to do so. He threw a wild pitch on one that allowed Chris Owings to reach base.
Also, outfielder Matt Szczur cleared waivers and was outrighted to El Paso.
Diamondbacks: RHP Clay Buchholz (oblique strain) is scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday.
Padres: Return home to start a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. RHP Luis Perdomo (1-2) pitches Monday’s opener.
Diamondbacks: After a day off, Arizona opens a three-game series Tuesday at Colorado with Corbin (6-3) scheduled to pitch the opener.