Musgrove, Machado lead Padres to 12-1 win over Braves

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove threw a brilliant 6 2/3 innings for his hometown Padres against defending World Series champion Atlanta, Manny Machado homered and tied his career high with five hits, and rookie CJ Abrams hit his first homer for San Diego, which routed the Braves 12-1 in their home opener Thursday night.

The sold-out crowd of 44,844 at Petco Park gave Musgrove a standing ovation as he walked out of the game with two outs in the seventh, then roared after Machado hit a two-run two-out homer late in the inning, his first.

Machado went 5-for-5, scored four runs, had two RBIs and stole two bases. Eric Hosmer had four hits while new designated hitter Luke Voit drove in three runs. Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies homered in the lead in the ninth, his second.

New manager Bob Melvin lined up his rotation for Musgrove, who grew up in the suburb of El Cajon, to start the home opener. It came a year and five days after Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, at Texas in his second start with the Padres.

Melvin came out to pick up Musgrove (1-0) with two outs in the sixth, allowing the crowd to recognize the big right-hander. Musgrove held the Braves to four hits, struck out six and walked on none. It was the first time in his seven-year career that he started in a home opener.

Braves starter Charlie Morton (1-1) struggled for five innings. He allowed five runs and nine hits, struck out five, walked three and hit two batters. He also earned the 1,500th strikeout of his career.

Abrams, the sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, joined the club after a strong spring. The 21-year-old shortstop, from the Atlanta area, homered away from the left field on Morton’s second pitch of the second. Voit added an RBI brace to make it 5-0. Voit had a two-run single in the sixth.

Morton got into trouble in the first when he hit two batters and allowed a single to load the bases after just four batters. Hosmer drove in two runs on a two-out single and Wil Myers scored a single in another run.


Padres: LHP Blake Snell was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a tight left adductor.


The four-game series continues Friday night when Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore is set to make his big league debut against Braves RHP Kyle Wright (1-0, 0.00), who will face the Padres for the first time. Gore, the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, takes Snell’s rotation spot.


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