Machado gets first 2 hits as Padres improve to 2-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado got his first two hits with San Diego and Ian Kinsler homered as the Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night.

San Diego is 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

The Padres came within three outs of their second straight shutout before Evan Longoria homered leading off the ninth against Phil Maton. Kirby Yates came on and earned his second straight save the hard way, loading the bases with one out before striking out Gerardo Parra and Brandon Belt.

The 17 scoreless innings to start the season by San Diego are the most in team history, bettering the 14 to open the 2008 season. Left-hander Joey Lucchesi (1-0) allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out seven and walked one.

Machado went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his Padres debut on Thursday. He struck out in his first two at-bats Friday night before lining a single to left off Derek Holland in the fifth. That advanced Wil Myers, who scored on Franmil Reyes sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Machado singled again in the seventh off Mark Melancon.

The signing of Machado to a $300 million, 10-year contract early in spring training has energized a fan base desperate for a winning team. The Padres also promoted top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who had two hits on opening day and just missed hitting his first home run when he doubled off the wall in center in the second Friday night to move Eric Hosmer to third. They both scored on Read More – Source

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