The San Diego Padres managed to record only one hit in a home game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, but with the help of nine walks, a hit batsman and an untimely error, they pulled out a 3-2 win and kept the visiting Bucs from sweeping the three-game series at Petco Park.
The Pirates (28-31) finished a ten-game road trip with a 6-4 record after they gave leadoff hitter Josh Harrison little offensive help. Harrison recorded three of Pittsburgh’s seven hits — a triple and two doubles — but was stranded on base each time. One of the doubles did drive home a run. Andrew McCutchen added a solo home run for the Bucs.
The Padres (27-33) scored two runs in the first inning on a walk, stolen base, bunt single, sacrifice fly, hit batsman and a throwing error by Harrison, who was playing second base. A third tally was recorded in the fourth inning on four walks by Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano (1-6).
Liriano was lifted after five innings. Only two of the three runs with which he was charged were earned runs, and he struck out seven batters, but he also walked six.
Everth Cabrera tallied the only San Diego hit on the bunt single in the two-run first inning. San Diego starter Ian Kennedy (5-6) worked six innings, and allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Following an off-day Thursday, the Pirates will return home Friday night to face the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game home series at PNC Park.