The Tampa Bay Rays finally fell in San Diego, though they didn’t dwell too much on their loss.
It’s hard to be down when the rest of their road trip was perfect.
”If you go 5-1 on the road you have to be happy with that,” the Rays’ Tommy Pham said. ”Now we have to take that same effort home and play some great baseball.”
Cal Quantrill contributed with his arm and bat as the Padres beat Tampa Bay for the first time in over nine years, topping the Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.
San Diego had lost nine in a row to the Rays overall since June 23, 2010, in an interleague matchup that hasn’t occurred too often.
The Padres also posted their first home win over Tampa Bay – they were 0-3 against the Rays in 2004 when Petco Park opened, and had dropped the first two games of this series. ”These are two teams that don’t see much of each other, so overall I’m really pleased with the way we played,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ”Going 5-1 on the road is the kind of ball we expect to play.”
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Eric Hosmer homered to help San Diego stop a three-game losing streak. Tampa Bay had won five in row, along with nine straight on the road.
”We still believe this team has a chance at the postseason,” Hosmer said of the Padres, who have upcoming series against Philadelphia and Cincinnati. ”Now we’re going up against teams where it matters and that kind of gets us all fired up.”
Quantrill (6-3) gave up a two-run homer to Pham in the first inning, but little else before leaving with one out in the sixth. He allowed three hits and walked one, striking out six.
After an off day Thursday, RHP Chris Paddack (7-5, 3.26 ERA) is expected to start for the Padres when they begin a six-game road trip Friday in Philadelphia. Paddock had no-decisions in his previous two starts while allowing nine earned runs in 10 innings.
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