Rookie Villanueva hits 3 homers, Padres get 1st win of 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) Curtain calls don't happen often at Petco Park, which made the night even more special for Christian Villanueva.

The rookie hit three impressive home runs and drove in five runs, Tyson Ross was a winner in his return to San Diego, and the Padres became the last team to get its first victory of 2018 by beating the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Tuesday night.

The 26-year-old Villanueva joined Hunter Renfroe as the only Padres rookies to hit three homers in a game. Villanueva, the third player to start at third base in San Diego's first five games, became the seventh Padres player overall to go deep three times.

After his third homer , Villanueva popped out of the dugout to answer a curtain call from the crowd of 19,283.

''Another dream come true,'' Villanueva said through an interpreter. ''It's amazing, especially on a night like tonight, getting the first win. I was just happy I was able to play my part. I think we all played really well, the pitching was great, and I think if we're able to play that way all together as a team that it's going to be a good year.''

Villanueva, who made his big league debut Sept. 18, capped his big night with a three-run shot that went an estimated 390 feet to left off Antonio Senzatela with two outs in the seventh.

His first two were solo shots off left-hander Kyle Freeland (0-1). The first went an estimated 400 feet off the facade of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left-field corner with one out in the second. The second went an estimated 399 feet into the second deck in left with two outs in the fourth.

Villanueva hit four homers in 32 at-bats last year after his debut.

Villanueva said he's felt locked in before, ''but I've never hit three home runs.''

The difference?

''I'd say luck. It's one of those nights where you go out and have fun with your game and things turned out the way they did. I have a lot of dreams and I have a lot of goals, and little by little I'm starting to reach them.''

Villanueva forced his way onto the 25-man roster with a hot spring, and he'll start again at third base on Wednesday night, manager Andy Green said.

''It's fun watching guys succeed like that,'' Green said. ''A guy that's earning everything he's getting right now. Fought his way to the big leagues. ... You see the power; it's real. It was a fun game for him, one I'm sure he'll remember for the rest of his life.''

Villanueva homered against the Rockies last season.

''The kid's got power. We saw it last year,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Tonight he was locked in. He got some pitches in the middle of the plate and he's got some pull power and he lofted the ball three times. What can you say? He squared up three balls. Gotta give him credit. He got balls in the middle and he didn't miss them.''

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''He was good today. There's no other way around it,'' Green said about Villanueva. ''That was an impressive day. I did throw him batting today; I don't usually throw practice so I'll be throwing batting practice again tomorrow. He just had really good swings all day.''

The Padres trailed 3-2 before Freddy Galvis hit a two-run single in the sixth and Villanueva scored his third run of the night, on a fielder's choice.

ROSS RETURNS

Ross (1-0), who allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, was pitching for the Padres for the first time since opening day 2016. He didn't pitch again that season and eventually had thoracic outlet surgery. He pitched for Texas last year before returning to the Padres on a minor league deal.

Ross nearly made it unscathed through the order the first time, but Freeland singled to center with one out in the third. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases before Nolan Arenado doubled to left. Freeland and Blackmon scored but LeMahieu was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by shortstop Galvis.

The Rockies added another run in the fourth and had another runner thrown out. With runners on the corners, Chris Iannetta singled to left to bring in Gerardo Parra. Trevor Story tried to advance from first to third and was cut down by Jose Pirela.

Freeland allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Brad Hand came on with two runners on to get the last out for his first save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: C Austin Hedges (back) was out of the lineup a second straight game. ... OF Wil Myers didn't start a night after coming out of the game with a triceps injury.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-1, 6.75 ERA) looks to bounce back from an opening-day loss to Arizona.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (0-0, 1.00 ERA) pitched seven strong innings on opening day.

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  • W: T. Ross (1-0)L: K. Freeland (0-1)S: B. Hand (1)
  • HR: SD - C. Villanueva 3 (3)
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  • a-grounded out for Oberg in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
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F. Galvis SS40120010.333.429.500.9292.5
C. Asuaje 2B30010111.222.333.333.6671.5
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  • a-lined out for Ross in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Yates in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (2), G. Parra
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (4), C. Iannetta 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Iannetta
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe
  • HR - C. Villanueva 3 (3)
  • RBI - C. Villanueva 5 (5), F. Galvis 2 (5), C. Asuaje (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Villanueva 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Pirela
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Pirela 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 0-1)5.15442626.751.312.0
S. Oberg (BS, 1)0.21110006.752.25-2.0
A. Senzatela1.023311112.271.64-2.5
M. Dunn1.00001009.002.002.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-1)5.1
S. Oberg (BS, 1)0.2
A. Senzatela1.0
M. Dunn1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Ross (W, 1-0)6.05333204.501.3318.0
C. Stammen (H, 2)1.00000000.000.003.0
K. Yates1.00000100.000.753.5
K. Makita0.21112104.502.00-3.5
B. Hand (S, 1)0.10000105.401.207.5
PITCHERSIP
T. Ross (W, 1-0)6.0
C. Stammen (H, 2)1.0
K. Yates1.0
K. Makita0.2
B. Hand (S, 1)0.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Oberg
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 87-50, S. Oberg 23-15, A. Senzatela 26-17, M. Dunn 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-1, S. Oberg 1-2, M. Dunn 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 22, S. Oberg 5, A. Senzatela 6, M. Dunn 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 81-47, C. Stammen 11-9, K. Yates 16-8, K. Makita 21-11, B. Hand 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 8-6, C. Stammen 3-0, K. Yates 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Ross 24, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 3, K. Makita 5, B. Hand
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF31000100.316.4091.0531.4622.0
D. LeMahieu 2B20000200.250.455.6881.1422.0
N. Arenado 3B40120011.263.318.526.8443.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000022.238.273.286.558-1.0
G. Parra LF32100100.211.286.421.7075.0
T. Story SS40100001.150.190.150.3401.0
C. Iannetta C40220000.467.529.467.9964.0
R. McMahon 1B30000111.000.125.000.1250.5
K. Freeland P21100001.500.500.5001.0002.0
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  • a-grounded out for Oberg in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Dunn in the 9th
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M. Margot CF40000011.100.217.100.317-0.5
J. Pirela LF42200000.304.304.435.7396.0
K. Makita P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Hosmer 1B30000122.316.435.526.9610.0
H. Renfroe RF32100111.222.417.556.9724.5
C. Villanueva 3B34353000.429.5001.7142.21422.0
F. Galvis SS40120010.333.429.500.9292.5
C. Asuaje 2B30010111.222.333.333.6671.5
A. Ellis C30100103.167.375.167.5422.0
T. Ross P20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- C. Spangenberg PH10000002.250.3331.0001.3330.0
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-lined out for Ross in the 6th
  • b-grounded into a double play for Yates in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado (2), G. Parra
  • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (4), C. Iannetta 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Iannetta
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe
  • HR - C. Villanueva 3 (3)
  • RBI - C. Villanueva 5 (5), F. Galvis 2 (5), C. Asuaje (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Villanueva 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Pirela
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Pirela 2 (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 0-1)5.15442626.751.312.0
S. Oberg (BS, 1)0.21110006.752.25-2.0
A. Senzatela1.023311112.271.64-2.5
M. Dunn1.00001009.002.002.0
Total8.0888473---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 0-1)5.1
S. Oberg (BS, 1)0.2
A. Senzatela1.0
M. Dunn1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Ross (W, 1-0)6.05333204.501.3318.0
C. Stammen (H, 2)1.00000000.000.003.0
K. Yates1.00000100.000.753.5
K. Makita0.21112104.502.00-3.5
B. Hand (S, 1)0.10000105.401.207.5
Total9.0644550---
PITCHERSIP
T. Ross (W, 1-0)6.0
C. Stammen (H, 2)1.0
K. Yates1.0
K. Makita0.2
B. Hand (S, 1)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Oberg
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 87-50, S. Oberg 23-15, A. Senzatela 26-17, M. Dunn 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-1, S. Oberg 1-2, M. Dunn 2-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 22, S. Oberg 5, A. Senzatela 6, M. Dunn 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 81-47, C. Stammen 11-9, K. Yates 16-8, K. Makita 21-11, B. Hand 4-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 8-6, C. Stammen 3-0, K. Yates 1-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Ross 24, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 3, K. Makita 5, B. Hand
  • 9TH INNING
    Iannetta singled to right center, Parra scored48
  • 7TH INNING
    Villanueva homered to left, Pirela and Renfroe scored38
  • 6TH INNING
    Asuaje reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Villanueva scored, Galvis to second35
    Galvis singled to right, Pirela and Renfroe scored, Villanueva to third34
  • 4TH INNING
    Villanueva homered to left32
    Iannetta singled to left, Parra scored, Story out at third31
  • 3RD INNING
    Arenado doubled to deep left, Freeland and Blackmon scored, LeMahieu out at home, Arenado to third21
  • 2ND INNING
    Villanueva homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kazuhisa Makita pitching
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked
    • T. Story: Strike swinging, Story flied out to center
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Parra to second on fielder's indifference, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta singled to right center, Parra scored
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McMahon walked, Iannetta to second
    • Pat Valaika hit for Mike Dunn
    • Brad Hand relieved Kazuhisa Makita
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates relieved Craig Stammen
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon popped out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn relieved Antonio Senzatela
    • C. Asuaje: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Asuaje grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ellis walked
    • Matt Szczur hit for Kirby Yates
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Szczur grounded into double play shortstop to first, Ellis out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Craig Stammen pitching
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iannetta grounded out to shortstop
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McMahon grounded out to first
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Scott Oberg
    • M. Tauchman: Foul, Tauchman grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Antonio Senzatela pitching
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot fouled out to first
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pirela singled to right
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pirela stole second, Foul, Ball, Renfroe walked
    • C. Villanueva: Foul, Villanueva homered to left, Pirela and Renfroe scored
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Galvis flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Foul, Story flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pirela singled to left center
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Renfroe doubled to deep left, Pirela to third
    • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Villanueva hit by pitch
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Galvis singled to right, Pirela and Renfroe scored, Villanueva to third
    • C. Asuaje: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Asuaje reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Villanueva scored, Galvis to second
    • A. Ellis: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ellis lined out to right, Galvis to third
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Tyson Ross
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Ball, Spangenberg lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Asuaje struck out on foul tip
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Ellis singled to left center
    • T. Ross: Ball, Foul, Ross reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Ellis out at second
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Margot struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra doubled to deep right
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Story reached on an infield single to shortstop, Parra to third
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Iannetta singled to left, Parra scored, Story out at third
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • K. Freeland: Freeland grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hosmer out at second
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Villanueva homered to left
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Galvis grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon grounded out to third
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Freeland singled to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked, Freeland to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked, Freeland to third, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado doubled to deep left, Freeland and Blackmon scored, LeMahieu out at home, Arenado to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • T. Ross: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ross struck out swinging
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Margot grounded out to third
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Story lined out to center
    • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Villanueva homered to left
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • C. Asuaje: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Asuaje walked
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellis popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Ross Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep right
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arenado lined out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot grounded out to second
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pirela grounded out to pitcher
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)