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Tatis home run extends hitting streak, sparks Padres past A’s

Tatis home run extends hitting streak, sparks Padres past A’s

Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres breaks from the batter's box after hitting a home run against the Oakland A's in San Diego on June 10, 2024. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

6/10/2024

Updated: 6/10/2024

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SAN DIEGO—Fernando Tatis Jr. homered to extend his career-best hitting streak to 16 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the major leagues, and Dylan Cease won for the first time in six starts as the San Diego Padres beat the Oakland Athletics 6–1 on Monday night.
Jake Cronenworth also homered for the Padres, who have hit multiple home runss in four straight games.
The A’s have lost nine of their past 12 games and are a season-worst 16 games under .500.
There was a three-minute delay in the bottom of the seventh inning when some of Petco Park’s lights went out. When play resumed, with the Padres leading 3–1, Donovan Solano drew a bases-loaded walk from Michel Otanez. Rookie Jackson Merrill followed with his third hit, an RBI single, and Ha-Seong Kim added a sacrifice fly.
Tatis’ team-leading 13th homer was a 371-foot, opposite-field line shot off the top of the right-field wall off Joey Estes (2–2) in the fifth inning. Tatis has reached base in a career-high 20 straight games.
“Tati, wow, that was an impressive swing, man,” San Diego Manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s something you don’t see every day.”
A few weeks ago, Tatis stopped doing his stutter-step around third base on his home run trot because, he said, “I’m not swaggy now.”
With three homers in four games, his swagger is back, as is the stutter-step.
“You can tell,” Tatis said, “since I got my confidence, since I started to do what I’m supposed to do. I understand that this game is really hard and it’s going to show you, keep making adjustments, keep learning from the game.
“This is definitely something I can do. It’s about time I show it.”
Cronenworth’s shot in the third, which tied the game at 1, was his 10th, in his 66th game. It tied his 2023 total, accomplished in 127 games.
Cease (6–5) won for the first time since a May 8 road game against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed one run and eight hits in six innings, struck out eight, and walked one.
Cease’s only big mistake was allowing Tyler Soderstrom’s homer to right-center leading off the second, his second.
“Just a matter of getting back to that consistency of the combination we got tonight, really,” Mr. Shildt said, mentioning the home runs and Cease getting through six innings. “Tonight’s a blueprint for winning baseball games.”
Estes allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out three, and walked two.

Trainer’s Room

Padres: Manny Machado was back in the lineup for the first time since injuring his right hip in a road loss to the Los Angeles Angels last week.

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A’s left-hander JP Sears (4–5, 3.93 earned-run average) and Padres right-hander Randy Vásquez (1–3, 5.40) are scheduled to start Tuesday night.
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