Dunand HR, A-Rod’s nephew, debuts; Marlins End Skid, High SD

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Dunand, the nephew of Alex Rodriguez, homered on third pitch that he considered a league great, then doubled as the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Saturday night to end a six-game loss. streak.

Jorge Soler hit his first career grand slam and Pablo López threw eight good innings for Miami.

Dunand hit a 1-1 pitch from southpaw Sean Manaea in the front row at left center with an out in the third just hours after his contract was selected from Triple-A Jacksonville.

A-Rod tweeted, “WOW! MLB’s first HOME RUN batting. Let’s go Joe!!! »

Dunand is 695 home runs behind his uncle, who is fourth on the all-time list after a career marred by steroid use.

Dunand was promoted from Triple-A Jacksonville after Jon Berti was placed on the disabled list. Dunand had been part of the taxi crew for this trip through San Diego and Arizona. He started at third base and hit at ninth.

Dunand, 26, doubled on the left on his second at bat and scored on Garrett Cooper’s two-run brace.

Soler’s grand slam spotlighted the ninth in five runs against the San Diego bullpen. It was his fourth home run this season. Jazz Chisholm Jr. scored an RBI double.

Lopez (4-1) stopped the Padres on five hits while striking out five and walking two. He has a 1.00 ERA after six starts.

The Padres were shut out for the first time this season.

Manny Machado first singled for the Padres to extend his on-base streak to 17 games.

Manaea (2-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked one.


Machado’s .382 average and .458 on-base percentage are the best in baseball and teammate Eric Hosmer’s .371 average and .451 OBP rank second. It’s the first time two teammates have been ranked first and second in both categories after a team has played at least 27 games in a season since Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers led in both categories until May 23, 1951, or 34 games in this season.


San Diegan’s Chris Olave threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Ohio State wide receiver was the 11th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft last week.


Marlins: Placed INF/OF Berti on injured reserve and selected Dunand’s contract.

Padres: RF Matt Beaty came out of the game after trying to dive on Miguel Rojas’ brace in second. … Placed LHP Tim Hill on IL 10 days, retroactive to Thursday, with left shoulder inflammation and recalled LHP Ray Kerr from Triple-A El Paso.


Marlins LHP Trevor Rogers (1-4, 6.14) is set to start Sunday’s series finale against Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (4-0, 1.97).


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