Villanueva homers, Lyles stymies Marlins in Padres' 8-3 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Christian Villanueva heard the name and didn't need a translator to explain what it meant.

Villanueva hit his 15th home run to help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Thursday night - and his long fly was a significant one.

Villanueva's homer total before June 1 is the most by a National League rookie since St. Louis' Albert Pujols hit 16 in 2001. His power surge has helped the Padres win three straight and four of their last six games.

''Albert Pujols is going to be a Hall of Famer, without a doubt,'' Villanueva said through an interpreter. ''It's an honor to be among those guys. But the biggest part for is just doing my part and helping the team win.''

Manager Andy Green said he's no longer surprised when Villanueva flexes his muscles.

''He hits the ball well in the air to his pull side,'' Green said. ''That is a recipe for power.''

Jordan Lyles had the blueprint for success with seven solid innings.

''He was very good today,'' Green said. ''We think there is even more in there and that he is on the cusp on doing special things.''

After taking a perfect game into the eighth inning in his last start at Petco Park, Lyles (2-1) wasn't as dominate against the Marlins. But he limited them to two runs and six hits while walking one and striking out seven in his fifth start after 13 appearances out of the bullpen.

Lyles found his fastball command after his pitch count grew in the first two innings.

''We got back on track, settled down a little bit and got things rolling,'' Lyles said.

Brad Hand got the last out with the bases loaded for his 17th save after newly acquired Phil Hughes struggled in the ninth. Derek Dietrich homered off Kirby Yates in the eighth.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly wasn't thrilled with his team's offensive approach.

''It didn't feel like much,'' he said. ''I thought at-bats were not great tonight, honestly.''

Wei-Yin Chen (1-3) got just five outs in his shortest stint of the season. He allowed four runs and four hits, and walked two and struck out four.

''It's baseball,'' Chen said through a translator. ''Sometimes you have good days, sometimes you have bad days.''

San Diego pulled away with a three-run, fifth inning against former Padre Odrisamer Despaigne to build a 7-2 cushion. Hunter Renfroe hit an RBI double, A.J. Ellis got a run in on a fielder's choice and Renfroe scored on a grounder, thanks to an earlier error by Starlin Castro which extended the inning.

The Padres struck early against Chen as they seized a 2-0 lead three batters into the game. Jose Pirela opened with a single and Villanueva followed with his homer, a blast off the Western Metal Supply building's second deck in left.

Miami tied it at 2 in the second thanks to an unlikely offensive source in Chen. After not collecting an RBI in his first 68 career at-bats, Chen sent a one-out, slow grounder through the middle that scored Brian Anderson and JT Riddle. Both had reached on singles.

''Your heart drops when that happens,'' Lyles said of Chen's hit. ''That's the lowest of the lows, but we were able to bounce back and put up five scoreless after that.''

But San Diego chased Chen and grabbed a 4-2 advantage in the second inning when Eric Hosmer, who had three RBIs and three hits, sent a sinking line drive toward center field, with Ellis and Lyles aboard. Lewis Brinson attempted a diving, back-handed catch, but the ball trickled off his glove with both runners scoring.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (strained right hip) is close to throwing a simulated game. If that goes well, next would be a minor league rehabilitation start.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (3-6, 4.76) looks to rebound against the Padres on Friday night after escaping with a no-decision when allowing four runs, four hits and four walks in six innings against the Rockies in his last time out.

Padres: RHP Walker Lockett (0-0) will start the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Reds as he makes his big league debut after seven years in the minors. The 24-year-old was 2-5 with a 5.31 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A El Paso.

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  • W: J. Lyles (2-1)L: W. Chen (1-3)S: B. Hand (17)
  • HR: MIA - D. Dietrich (6), SD - C. Villanueva (15)
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J. Realmuto C40000136.312.374.532.906-0.5
J. Bour 1B40000021.237.371.445.817-1.0
S. Castro 2B40100031.286.325.390.714-0.5
B. Anderson RF41200001.287.363.388.7513.0
M. Rojas 3B40000002.256.326.395.7210.0
J. Riddle SS41200000.211.211.368.5793.0
L. Brinson CF40000023.152.198.257.455-1.0
W. Chen P10120000.182.182.182.3643.0
O. Despaigne P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
a- J. Shuck PH10000010.208.247.247.494-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- Y. Rivera PH10100000.209.333.233.5661.0
  • a-struck out for Despaigne in the 7th
  • b-singled for Wittgren in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pirela 2B42200100.276.333.362.6956.0
E. Hosmer 1B41330111.282.373.461.8347.5
C. Villanueva 3B52221004.241.308.560.8689.0
H. Renfroe LF31210210.241.328.466.7946.5
F. Reyes RF40000035.182.234.455.689-1.5
T. Jankowski RF10000002.305.371.389.7610.0
F. Galvis SS40000133.233.295.330.625-0.5
A. Ellis C41110013.306.389.419.8082.5
M. Margot CF30010103.204.261.309.5702.0
J. Lyles P21000112.000.100.000.1001.5
a- C. Spangenberg PH10000011.182.217.318.536-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Lyles in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Dietrich (6)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich (19), W. Chen 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Chen 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pirela (15), H. Renfroe (5)
  • HR - C. Villanueva (15)
  • RBI - E. Hosmer 3 (24), C. Villanueva 2 (35), H. Renfroe (11), A. Ellis (7), M. Margot (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer 2 (8)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pirela-Hosmer)
  • PB - A. Ellis (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 1-3)1.24442416.101.52-10.0
O. Despaigne4.14323405.311.485.0
T. Guerrero1.00001305.181.563.5
N. Wittgren1.02111003.061.42-1.0
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 1-3)1.2
O. Despaigne4.1
T. Guerrero1.0
N. Wittgren1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lyles (W, 2-1)7.06221703.651.1425.5
K. Yates1.02110211.350.951.0
P. Hughes0.22001106.391.74-2.5
B. Hand (S, 17)0.10000101.911.067.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles (W, 2-1)7.0
K. Yates1.0
P. Hughes0.2
B. Hand (S, 17)0.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - O. Despaigne
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 47-27, O. Despaigne 76-46, T. Guerrero 15-9, N. Wittgren 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - O. Despaigne 8-2, N. Wittgren 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 11, O. Despaigne 21, T. Guerrero 4, N. Wittgren 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 106-69, K. Yates 22-14, P. Hughes 24-14, B. Hand 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 9-4, K. Yates 1-0, P. Hughes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 27, K. Yates 5, P. Hughes 5, B. Hand
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Dietrich LF41311100.266.324.426.7499.0
J. Realmuto C40000136.312.374.532.906-0.5
J. Bour 1B40000021.237.371.445.817-1.0
S. Castro 2B40100031.286.325.390.714-0.5
B. Anderson RF41200001.287.363.388.7513.0
M. Rojas 3B40000002.256.326.395.7210.0
J. Riddle SS41200000.211.211.368.5793.0
L. Brinson CF40000023.152.198.257.455-1.0
W. Chen P10120000.182.182.182.3643.0
O. Despaigne P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
a- J. Shuck PH10000010.208.247.247.494-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- Y. Rivera PH10100000.209.333.233.5661.0
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  • a-struck out for Despaigne in the 7th
  • b-singled for Wittgren in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pirela 2B42200100.276.333.362.6956.0
E. Hosmer 1B41330111.282.373.461.8347.5
C. Villanueva 3B52221004.241.308.560.8689.0
H. Renfroe LF31210210.241.328.466.7946.5
F. Reyes RF40000035.182.234.455.689-1.5
T. Jankowski RF10000002.305.371.389.7610.0
F. Galvis SS40000133.233.295.330.625-0.5
A. Ellis C41110013.306.389.419.8082.5
M. Margot CF30010103.204.261.309.5702.0
J. Lyles P21000112.000.100.000.1001.5
a- C. Spangenberg PH10000011.182.217.318.536-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Hughes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total358108171124-----
  • a-struck out for Lyles in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - D. Dietrich (6)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich (19), W. Chen 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Chen 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Pirela (15), H. Renfroe (5)
  • HR - C. Villanueva (15)
  • RBI - E. Hosmer 3 (24), C. Villanueva 2 (35), H. Renfroe (11), A. Ellis (7), M. Margot (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Hosmer 2 (8)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Castro (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Pirela-Hosmer)
  • PB - A. Ellis (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (L, 1-3)1.24442416.101.52-10.0
O. Despaigne4.14323405.311.485.0
T. Guerrero1.00001305.181.563.5
N. Wittgren1.02111003.061.42-1.0
Total8.010877111---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (L, 1-3)1.2
O. Despaigne4.1
T. Guerrero1.0
N. Wittgren1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lyles (W, 2-1)7.06221703.651.1425.5
K. Yates1.02110211.350.951.0
P. Hughes0.22001106.391.74-2.5
B. Hand (S, 17)0.10000101.911.067.5
Total9.010332111---
PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles (W, 2-1)7.0
K. Yates1.0
P. Hughes0.2
B. Hand (S, 17)0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - O. Despaigne
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 47-27, O. Despaigne 76-46, T. Guerrero 15-9, N. Wittgren 21-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - O. Despaigne 8-2, N. Wittgren 1-2
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 11, O. Despaigne 21, T. Guerrero 4, N. Wittgren 6
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 106-69, K. Yates 22-14, P. Hughes 24-14, B. Hand 3-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 9-4, K. Yates 1-0, P. Hughes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 27, K. Yates 5, P. Hughes 5, B. Hand
  • 8TH INNING
    Hosmer singled to shallow center, Pirela scored38
    Dietrich homered to right37
  • 5TH INNING
    Margot grounded out to pitcher, Renfroe scored, Galvis to third, Ellis to second27
    Ellis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Villanueva scored, Renfroe to third, Galvis to second on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error26
    Renfroe doubled to left, Hosmer scored, Villanueva to third25
  • 2ND INNING
    Hosmer singled to center, Ellis and Lyles scored, Pirela to third24
    Chen singled to center, Anderson and Riddle scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Villanueva homered to left, Pirela scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Phil Hughes relieved Kirby Yates
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Riddle singled to center
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Nick Wittgren
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rivera singled to center, Riddle to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Riddle to third, Rivera to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • Brad Hand relieved Phil Hughes
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Dietrich homered to right
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Tayron Guerrero
    • J. Pirela: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pirela doubled to shallow left
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer singled to shallow center, Pirela scored
    • C. Villanueva: Foul, Ball, Villanueva flied out to deep right
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Renfroe walked, Hosmer to second
    • T. Jankowski: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jankowski reached on fielder's choice to first, Hosmer to third, Renfroe out at second
    • F. Galvis: Galvis lined out to left
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Travis Jankowski in right
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to second
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Brinson grounded out to third
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Odrisamer Despaigne
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Ellis struck out on foul tip
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot walked
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Jordan Lyles
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Anderson flied out to deep left
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pirela grounded out to third
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer singled to center
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villanueva flied out to left
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Renfroe walked, Hosmer to second
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Dietrich reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto lined into double play second to first, Dietrich out at first
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bour grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
    • C. Villanueva: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villanueva singled to left, Hosmer to second
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe doubled to left, Hosmer scored, Villanueva to third
    • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • F. Galvis: Galvis intentionally walked
    • A. Ellis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ellis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Villanueva scored, Renfroe to third, Galvis to second on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Margot grounded out to pitcher, Renfroe scored, Galvis to third, Ellis to second
    • J. Lyles: Lyles grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Riddle grounded out to first
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Despaigne: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Despaigne grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Margot grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Lyles: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lyles struck out looking
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Pirela flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson reached on an infield single to second
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Anderson out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to right
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Reyes grounded out to pitcher, Renfroe to second
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ellis grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Anderson singled to right
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to pitcher, Anderson to second
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle singled to shallow left center, Anderson to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • W. Chen: Chen singled to center, Anderson and Riddle scored
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich singled to left, Chen to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ellis singled to left
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Margot lined out to center
    • J. Lyles: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lyles walked, Ellis to second
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked, Ellis to third, Lyles to second
    • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to center, Ellis and Lyles scored, Pirela to third
    • C. Villanueva: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first
    • Villanueva grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich fouled out to catcher
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • J. Bour: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bour lined out to center
    • S. Castro: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pirela singled to left center
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer struck out looking
    • C. Villanueva: Villanueva homered to left, Pirela scored
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Renfroe struck out on foul tip
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)