Oroville Mercury-Register

Wade’s RBI in 9th lifts Giants 6-5

- By Bernie Wilson

SAN DIEGO » LaMonte Wade Jr. singled over leaping All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. in the ninth inning to bring in the go-ahead run and the San Francisco Giants beat the staggering San Diego Padres 6-5 Tuesday night to keep a one-game lead in the NL West.

Wade’s hit was the third straight one-out single off Mark Melancon (4-3) and brought in Brandon Belt. Melancon, who leads baseball with 37 saves, started the ninth with the score tied at 5.

The Giants stayed ahead of the Dodgers in the division race after Los Angeles beat Colorado 5-4.

The Padres blew a 4-1 lead and wasted a twohomer performanc­e by Manny Machado three nights after his dugout dustup with Tatis. Machado came up with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth and grounded into a double play.

The Padres lost for the ninth time in 11 games, a skid that has dropped them from a one-game lead for the second wildcard spot to five games behind St. Louis, with Cincinnati a game ahead of them and Philadelph­ia a half-game ahead.

Padres right fielder Wil Myers made a great leaping catch to rob pinch-hitter Steven Duggar of a two-run homer to end the eighth and keep the game tied at 5.

Tatis added an RBI single for the Padres, whose chances at the second wild card were seriously damaged when they went 2-8 on a trip through Los Angeles, San Francisco and St. Louis.

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