ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES LET LEAD SLIP OUT OF REACH AGAIN AS RANGERS WALK IT OFF AND TAKE SERIES

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Story by Liz Alper

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May 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres had one more chance to salvage the series with the Rangers and split it tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound against Martin Perez for the Rangers.

Ever unable to learn their lesson, the Padres struck early in the first once more.  Ryan Schimpf singled to score Matt Szczur and the Padres went up 1-0.

Surprisingly, the Padres were able to play good baseball and keep the lead and even add some insurance in the seventh with Manuel Margot’s sac fly that scored  Austin Hedges to make the score 2-0.

Mike Napoli tried to save the Rangers with a homer in the eighth, but the Padres prev--wait a minute!  You know those cheesy 90s love songs about someone just slipping through somebody’s fingers?  That happened to the Padres in the ninth inning.  And of course, it was the guy that punched Jose Bautista that started it all.  Rougned Odor singled to tie the game at two and Napoli did the honors with his second home run of the game, a three-run blast to left and the Rangers walked it off 5-2 to take the series three games to one.

The Padres head to the south side of Chicago for a weekend series with the White Sox.  First pitch is at 5:10 p.m. tomorrow night.  Jhoulys Chacin starts against Miguel Gonzalez for the ChiSox.