LOS ANGELES (AP) — The win total may not be where the San Diego Padres would like, though they have shown some power this season.
Baseball’s top team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, got a firsthand look at that Friday, when the Padres hit three solo home runs in a 4-3 victory.
Manuel Margot homered twice and Jose Pirela hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth to push San Diego’s record to 51-64.
“We’re probably too dependent on the home run over the course of the season,” said Padres manager Andy Green. “We get a large percentage of our runs from the home run. I like to manufacture.”
The Padres are 15th out of baseball’s 30 teams with 144 home runs.
Margot’s two homers gave the rookie outfielder 12 on the season. Pirela, now hitting third in San Diego’s lineup, has eight.