The Padres made it six straight Wednesday, beating the Colorado Rockies 3-0, as Fernando Tatis Jr. returned and put on a quite a show.
Tatis homered, doubled twice, drove in two and scored a run, adding a stolen base in which he kept his grip on second by doing the splits. He fell a triple short of the cycle.
All this and he just received the go-ahead to play Wednesday morning.
He said he was “happy we got cleared on time and I was just waiting for that call. When they called me I was ready to go, right away.”
Jake Cronenworth added an inside-the-park home run in the 6th inning as his fly ball to right banged off the wall, ricocheting far out of right fielder Charlie Blackmon’s reach.
“The funniest thing was he was out of air, wind, whatever you want to call it, when he got into the dugout,” manager Jayce Tingler said.
Joe Musgrove struck out 11 and gave up just two hits as he improved to 4-4. Mark Melancon retired the side in the 9th to earn his 15th save.
The Friars took the first two games in the series, 7-0 and 2-1, a walk-off win in the 10th inning.
Eric Hosmer also returned Wednesday from his COVID-pause. The team activated Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo Monday, while awaiting Wil Myers getting the green light.
Tatis and Myers tested positive for the coronavirus, while the others were forced out due to contact tracing.
But they lost reliever Keone Kela for the year as he needs Tommy John surgery, Tingler confirmed Wednesday.
The Padres trail the Giants by a half-game the National League West.
After an off-day Thursday, the Padres welcome the Seattle Mariners to town to close out the long home stand. Chris Paddack takes the mound at 7:10 p.m. Friday, facing Seattle’s Chris Flexen.