After taking two squeakers – one-run wins on Friday and Saturday – the offense exploded. Machado led the way, going four-for-four with three doubles, a triple, a walk and three runs scored – a first in major-league history no less.
“The pace that he’s playing at and the desire that he’s playing with rubs off on everybody,” said Bob Melvin, who returned to the Padres in San Francisco after recovering from recent surgery.
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The Padres broke the game open in the fourth inning, when they scored five to go ahead 7-0, with the big blows coming from Machado and Myers, who each had run-scoring doubles.