Jake Cronenworth. Photo by Chris Stone
Jake Cronenworth. Photo by Chris Stone

The Padres face the San Francisco Giants Friday as they start a brief six-game road trip that also includes a stop in Colorado.

The team hits the road after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 at Petco Park Wednesday, taking two of three in the series. Mark Melancon collected his 11th save – tops in baseball – while Jake Cronenworth drove in two and Victor Caratini homered.

It will be an unexpected National League West showdown, as the Padres take on the first-place Giants.

“Any game that’s in our division we want to win – win that series,” Cronenworth said. “So I think that’s the biggest goal for us going to San Francisco.”

After an off day Thursday, Blake Snell takes the mound for the first game at 6:45 p.m. Friday at Oracle Park, against Anthony DeSclafani. Joe Musgrove follows at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, with Sunday’s Padre starter TBD.

The Giants hold a half-game lead over the Padres, with the Los Angeles Dodgers in third. After their much-hyped clashes with the Padres last month, the Dodgers have reeled, falling out of first place. They now have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games.

The Padres took the series against the Giants at Petco Park last weekend, as Snell also recorded his first win for the Friars.

One other piece of good news from the homestand – Dinelson Lamet recorded a successful start Tuesday, going two innings against the Pirates after coming off the injured list. He tried to open his season on April 21, but arm discomfort forced him to leave the game.

“I felt good, thankfully,” Lamet told MLB.com. “The most important thing is that I felt healthy.”