Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help San Diego beat the Marlins 3-2 in Miami on Wednesday night.
The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major-league team without a no-hitter.
After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed, tying the longest outing of his career. He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
The performance came in Paddack’s first appearance against the Marlins, who made the right-hander an eighth-round draft choice in 2015 and traded him to San Diego for reliever Fernando Rodney the following year.
Along with an eagerness to show the trade was a mistake, Paddack pitched mindful of the late Jose Fernandez. As a Miami minor leaguer, Paddack admired the Marlins’ right-hander, who died in a 2016 boat crash.
“I could talk about this for an hour,” Paddack said. “There’s just so much.”
Astros 11, Angels 2: Gerrit Cole struck out 11 in seven innings and Jake Marisnick had three hits a night after being plunked in retaliation as Houston rolled in Anaheim. Angels pitcher Noe Ramirez was suspended three games and fined for hitting Marisnick with a pitch in Los Angeles’ 7-2 home win Tuesday. Marisnick had run over Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy while trying to score in Houston on July 7, leaving Lucroy concussed with a broken nose. Angels manager Brad Ausmus was suspended a game and fined.
Mets 14, Twins 4: Dominic Smith put visiting New York ahead with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Pete Alonso added a 474-foot shot halfway up the third deck.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 5: Paul Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning as host St. Louis rallied to deal Pittsburgh its fifth loss in six games.
Brewers 5, Braves 4: Josh Hader struck out Ozzie Albies with two outs and the tying run on third in the ninth to preserve host Milwaukee’s win over Atlanta. Christian Yelich hit his 34th homer of the season.
Cubs 5, Reds 2: Chicago’s Yu Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finally earn his first win at Wrigley Field.
Orioles 9, Nationals 2: Trey Mancini hit two home runs and host Baltimore pummeled Washington’s ineffective bullpen.
Indians 7, Tigers 2: Mike Clevinger tied his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, and Oscar Mercado drove in two runs as host Cleveland improved to 11-1 against Detroit this season.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4: Rafael Devers hit a solo homer and drove in four runs, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched effectively into the seventh inning and host Boston sent Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez to his 13th straight loss.
Diamondbacks 19, Rangers 4: Eduardo Escobar homered twice and visiting Arizona tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game with 21 hits while thumping Texas.
Royals 7, White Sox 5: Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez hit back-to-back RBI singles twice for host Kansas City.
Rays-Yankees, postponed: The game in New York was called because of a forecast of thunderstorms. The game will be made up Thursday as part of a doubleheader beginning at noon PDT.
Briefly: Philadelphia closer Hector Neris was suspended three games and fined for throwing a pitch near the head of the Dodgers’ David Freese and being ejected Tuesday. That came a pitch after rookie Matt Beaty hit a two-run homer. … Kansas City outfielder Terrance Gore was traded to the Yankees for cash. … Going on the 10-day injured list were Kansas City shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (left shoulder), White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez (right ulnar nerve contusion) and Philadelphia outfielder Jay Bruce (strained right oblique).
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