Padres rookie Chris Paddack shuts down Mariners for first career victory

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.

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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