Padres rookie Chris Paddack didn’t feel good and walked Seattle leadoff batter Mitch Haniger on four fastballs, none faster than 91 mph.
“Uh-oh,” manager Andy Green thought. “It didn’t look good.”
Five batters later, Paddack was onto something special. He got out of a bases-loaded jam and retired his final 19 batters, shutting down baseball’s highest-scoring offense and outdueling Felix Hernandez for his first major-league win, 1-0 in San Diego on Wednesday.
“Long time coming,” said Paddack, 23, who missed 2017 after Tommy John surgery. “It was a very exciting moment.”
He held Seattle to one hit in seven innings. Paddack struck out nine and walked one.
Ian Kinsler homered off Hernandez and the Padres swept the two-game series.
Paddackgot two hours sleep Wednesday night, getting home at 11 p.m. and then arriving early for the 12:40 p.m. matinee game. His body ached and although he felt like he had a fever, he didn’t have one.
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He said his first four pitches “kind of scattered around a little bit. After that first out of the inning, I got dialed in with (catcher Francisco) Mejia. From there on, nothing but good things.”
Braves 3, Reds 1: Ozzie Albies homered on the game’s first pitch and Ronald Acuña Jr. scored from first base on Yasiel Puig’s fifth-inning error, helping visiting Atlanta defeat Cincinnati. Acuña scored easily when Puig let Nick Markakis’ line-drive single to right skip under his glove and roll to the wall for a two-base error.
Rockies 9, Nationals 5: Raimel Tapia had two doubles and drove in three runs to back a solid outing from German Marquez for host Colorado.
Royals 10. Rays 2: Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell lasted one out into the fourth inning in his return from a broken right fourth toe as visiting Kansas City rolled. Adalberto Mondesi hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Royals, and Billy Hamilton had two hits and two RBIs.
Astros 7, Twins 1: Justin Verlander pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick homered to lead host Houston over Minnesota.
Yankees 6, Angels 5: DJ Lemahieu started visiting New York’s comeback from a 5-0 deficit with an RBI double, helped continue it with a sacrifice fly and concluded it with an RBI single in the ninth. Los Angeles’ Andrelton Simmons hit two solo home runs off CC Sabathia.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3: Stevie Wilkerson hit his first major-league homer, and John Means pitched five solid innings on his birthday as host Baltimore secured its second winning streak of the season.
Indians 6, Marlins 2: Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Jake Bauers’ eighth-inning single scored the go-ahead run and host Cleveland defeated Miami to snap a three-game losing streak.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 2: Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory, and host St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.
Cubs 7, Dodgers 6: Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning and host Chicago overcame six walks from starter Cole Hamels to beat Los Angeles.
Phillies 6, Mets 0: Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and struggling Philadelphia won at New York.
Red Sox 11, Tigers 4: J.D. Martinez had three hits and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six strong innings as host Boston won, rebounding from a doubleheader sweep by Detroit on Tuesday.
D’backs 11, Pirates 2: Ketel Marte homered twice and Arizona won at Pittsburgh for the ninth straight time.
Briefly: Shohei Ohtani has faced live pitching to begin the probable final step in the Angels’ two-way player’s return from Tommy John surgery. Ohtani made four plate appearances Wednesday in a simulated game at Angel Stadium, several hours before the Angels lost to the Yankees. The AL Rookie of the Year drew two walks and hit a line drive into the gap. … A source said that pitcher Gio Gonzalez and the Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing the 33-year-old left-hander $2 million.
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