Yu Darvish Allowed Seven Runs and Eight Hits; Pirates Go Deep 4 Times in An 8-4 Win over Padres

AP Photo/Gregory Bull
San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish reacts as he works against a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 24, 2023, in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a pair of two-run homers and the Pittsburgh Pirates went deep four times in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Liover Peguero also hit a two-run home run and Jack Suwinksi added a solo shot as the Pirates tagged Padres starter Yu Darvish four times.

San Diego’s Ha-Seong Kim slugged a pair of homers in the loss.

Kim opened the scoring in the first inning with a 387-foot shot to left-center, giving the Padres the early 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, Suwinksi tied the game with a solo shot and Santana homered on a full count, scoring Andrew McCutchen, who had reached on a single and stole second and giving the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

Peguero hit his first career and two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Peguero’s shot down the left field line put Pittsburgh up 5-1 and scored Jared Triolo, who had reached on a base hit to left.

Santana homered and drove in McCutchen again in the top of the fifth to put Pittsburgh ahead 7-1. It was Santana’s 11th homer of the season and his 16th multi-homer game — and first since Sept. 19, 2022, when he did it while playing for the Seattle Mariners.

Suwinksi finished 3 for 5, including his 21st home run of the season.

Darvish (7-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Peguero added insurance in the fifth to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 8-1, legging out an infield single that plated Endy Rodriguez with his third RBI of the game.

Kim’s second homer of the game, and 14th of the season, came in the bottom of the fifth. It followed a double by Trent Grisham. It the first multi-homer game of Kim’s career.

Both Kim home runs came off Pirate starter Quinn Priester (1-1), who earned his first victory in his second big league start. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed four runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings while striking out four.

Luis Campusano provided the only other offense for the Padres with an RBI double to center field that scored Jake Cronenworth from first base in the sixth.

Padre Xander Bogaerts went 1 for 3, and his single in the eight inning extended his hitting streak to six games.