Solarte draws bases-loaded BB in 11th, Padres walk off again –

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres will take a game-ending walk as readily as they will a winning homer.

Yangervis Solarte, fresh off the disabled list, drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 11th inning to give the San Diego Padres their second straight walk-off victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 on Saturday night.

”I’m so excited I forgot all my English,” Solarte said.

Solarte drew four straight balls from Chin-Hui Tsao (0-1) to bring in Wil Myers for the winning run.

Solarte was activated earlier Saturday after being out since April 10 with a hamstring injury.

Myers hit a leadoff single, his third of the night, and stole second before Tsao got two outs. The reliever then lost his control, walking Derek Norris and Brett Wallace ahead of Solarte.

”I was going to wait until he threw me a strike in this situation,” Solarte said through an interpreter.

Melvin Upton Jr. came close to hitting a winning, two-run homer for the second night in a row in the 11th, but Trayce Thompson made a catch at the wall for the second out. Upton’s two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday night gave the Padres a 7-6 win.

Brad Hand (1-0) pitched the 10th and 11th innings for the victory, allowing just a walk.

Thompson hit a two-run home run for the Dodgers, and Alex Wood set a career high with 13 strikeouts.

After the final out, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis lingered near the plate, speaking with umpire Chris Guccione.

”In that situation, the balls were clearly outside,” Ellis said. ”I was kind of asking him just to stand up for my team. In my heart I knew the answer already.”

Tsao ”was trying to find the strike zone,” said Ellis, who entered in the 10th after Yasmani Grandal took a ball off the inside of one of his ankles. ”I think he was attacking early and then he was around the zone, but just couldn’t get too many balls in the strike zone toward the end. I think they recognized it and got extremely patient and forced him to throw a strike.”

Said manager Dave Roberts: ”Two outs and the wheels came off a little bit with Tsao. … He just couldn’t find the strike zone. We’re finding different ways to lose games. I haven’t seen this one. It’s a tough one. To try to defend it or find an answer, I’m having a hard time.”

Manager Andy Green said the Padres missed Solarte’s on-base percentage.

”Obviously his power and energy and how he played on the field, but just a guy that would consistently get on base,” Green said. ”He understood what was needed there and he got it done.”

Thompson’s shot to right-center in the seventh inning was his seventh overall and sixth in 16 games. Adrian Gonzalez was aboard on a leadoff single.

San Diego tied it in the bottom of the inning. Norris doubled into the left field corner and Wallace singled to left to chase Wood and put runners on the corners with no outs. Louis Coleman came on and retired pinch-hitter Solarte before making way for Adam Liberatore, who allowed pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista‘s sac fly to left.

Wood had allowed only one hit and struck out 11 through five innings before the Padres finally broke through. After starter Cesar Vargas became Wood’s 12th strikeout victim leading off the sixth, Jon Jay walked and advanced to third on Myers’ single to center. Matt Kemp then lofted a sacrifice fly to left.

Wood allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings, with one walk.

Vargas allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one.


Dodgers: Grandal had X-rays after the game. Results weren’t immediately announced. … Gonzalez (back) returned to the starting lineup after missing four starts. … Roberts said OF Andre Either (broken right leg) has yet to start baseball activities.

Padres: Solarte (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Green said he’d be available to pinch hit Saturday night and Sunday. He’s expected to see time at both second and third base. … RHP Andrew Cashner (hamstring) will come off the DL on Tuesday and start that night at San Francisco. That will push RHP James Shields back a day.


Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (3-3, 2.87) has lost three straight decisions, a skid he’ll try to end Sunday. He made his big league debut at Petco Park on April 6, getting his first win and homering for his first hit.

Padres: RHP Colin Rea (3-2, 4.37) has earned the win in three of his last four decisions, over six starts.

Solarte draws bases-loaded BB in 11th, Padres walk off again –