Joe Musgrove remains perfect, Padres clinch series win over Giants

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, he made history. This year, he doesn't lose.

Next year?

It will cost a lot to find out.

Joe Musgrove was again, for lack of a better word, money on Saturday as the Padres beat the Giants, 2-1, at Oracle Park.

The native San Diegan, who last year threw the franchise's first no-hitter, threw seven scoreless innings, and the Padres improved to 8-0 in his starts this season. He is 5-0.

The Padres have won three games in a row and won all three series on this nine-game road trip, which concludes here Sunday afternoon.


Manny Machado's homer in the third inning gave the Padres a 1-0 lead. Trent Grisham's sacrifice squeeze scored Luke Voit to put them up 2-0 in the sixth.

Robert Saurez allowed a run in the eighth, and Taylor Rogers earned his major league-leading 16th save with a scoreless ninth.

That was after Musgrove (5-0) went seven innings for the third time in four starts and became just the fifth Padres pitcher to ever begin a season with eight consecutive quality starts.

At game's end Saturday, he ranked third in the National League with a 1.90 ERA, led the league with 52 innings, was tied for third with a 0.94 WHIP and was seventh with 51 strikeouts.


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