Padres closer Mark Melancon induces Jesse Winker to fly out to Ha-Seong Kim, to secure the win. Photo credit: Screen shot, @Padres, via Twitter

As the Padres and Reds welcomed sailors from their namesake ships – USS San Diego and USS Cincinnati – to Petco Park Sunday, the home team completed a four-game sweep of Cincinnati, winning 3-2.

The Padres had been reeling when they returned home following a three-game road sweep at the hands of the lowly Colorado Rockies.

But the energy from their stirring comeback win Thursday carried through the weekend as they logged their first four-game sweep since 2011.

The Friars did all their scoring on one play in the third, with the winning run crossing the plate on an error.

Manny Machado singled, and with two out Eric Hosmer walked, bringing Wil Myers to the plate. Myers tripled to right off Reds starter Luis Castillo on a 1-2 count, driving them in, then followed as first baseman Joey Votto threw wildly to third.

Dinelson Lamet threw five scoreless innings for the win, while closer Mark Melancon notched his second save in a row, to boost his Major-League leading total to 21.

The Padres will welcome the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers to town, opening up a three-game set Monday. Yu Darvish faces Julio Urias in the 7:10 p.m. start.

The Padres listed their Tuesday and Wednesday starters as TBD while the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer take the mound.

Though the San Francisco Giants have topped the National League West for most of the season, many observers focused on the Padres and Dodgers as division favorites. Their two April series lived up to the hype, in seesaw games where momentum often shifted late.

The Dodgers took two of three at Petco Park, while the Padres won three of four at Dodger Stadium.

The Padres welcome the USS San Diego back to its home port earlier in June. Navy photo

The Padres though suffered a loss during the Cincinnati series, as Fernando Tatis Jr. injured his shoulder on a diving play Saturday. MLB.com called his status day-to-day.

Meanwhile, on the first Military Sunday with recruits in the stands since 2019, 245 recruits attended along with 10 instructors from Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

U.S. Navy Capt. Kevin Ralston, the commanding officer of the USS San Diego, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The national anthem was sung by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole Day.

Pregame ceremonies included a Navy Leap Frogs parachute team descending to the field and a flyover by a C-17A military transport aircraft from March Air Reserve Base.

As with every Sunday home game, the Padres will wear their camouflage jerseys.

The USS San Diego is an amphibious transport dock ship. The USS Cincinnati is an Independence-variant littoral combat ship. Both ships are homeported in San Diego.

Major League Baseball also will continue its annual tradition – since 1996 – of raising awareness about prostate cancer at all its games Sunday.

During Father’s Day games, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms along with blue wristbands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be blue.

Players will also wear specially designed caps and other gear to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.  

MLB will again donate all of its royalties from the sales of items emblazoned with the symbolic blue ribbon to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

– City News Service and staff contributed to this report.

Story updated at 5 p.m. June 20, 2021

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