SAN DIEGO ( Associated Press) — Joe Musgrove played a brilliant 6 2/3 for his hometown Padres against defending World Series champion Atlanta, Manny Machado raised his career with five hits and rookie CJ Abrams for San Diego. He hit his first homer, defeating the Braves 12-1 in his home opener on Thursday night.
A sold-out crowd of 44,844 at Petco Park gave Musgrove a standing ovation as he walked out of the game in the seventh with two outs and then roared after Machado hit a two-run homer with two outs at the bottom of the innings, His first.
Machado made 5 for 5, scored four runs, had two RBIs and stole two bases. Eric Hosmer had four hits while newly named hitter Luke Voight scored three. Atlanta’s Ozzy Albiz took the lead in ninth, his second.
New manager Bob Melvin lined up his rotation so that Musgrove, who grew up in suburban El Cajon, would start the home opener. It came a year and five days later when Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, in his second debut with the Padres in Texas.
Melvin went out in the sixth with two outs to dismiss Musgrove (1-0), forcing the crowd to accept the big right-hander. Musgrove kept the Braves in four hits, hit a six and no one moved. This was the first time in his seven-year career that he made his debut as a domestic opener.
Braves starter Charlie Morton (1-1) struggled in five innings. He allowed five runs and nine hits, scored five runs, scored three runs and hit two batsmen. He also got his 1,500th strike out of his career.
Abrams, the sixth pick overall in the 2019 draft, made the club after a strong spring. The 21-year-old shortstop, who is from the Atlanta area, hit an opposite field homer to drop Morton on the second pitch. Voit added an RBI double to make it 5-0. Voight hit a two-run single in the sixth.
Morton ran into trouble at first when he hit two batsmen and allowed one to load the base after just four batsmen. Hosmer scored two runs on two out singles and Will Myers hit a single in the second run.
Padres: LHP Blake Snell was placed on the injured list retroactive to Monday, with a tight left joiner.
The four-match series continues on Friday night when Padres LHP McKenzie Gore Braves make their big league debut against RHP Kyle Wright (1-0, 0.00), who will face the Padres for the first time. Gore, the third pick overall in the 2017 draft, takes Snell’s rotation spot.
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