SAN FRANCISCO — The Padres spent three weeks playing teams that had losing records.
The long run of Reds and Pirates and Guardians and the like ended with their arrival in the Bay Area late Thursday night. The series that awaited them against the Giants would be a test.
Two one-run victories ensued on Friday and Saturday, and then on Sunday the Padres completed their first sweep at Oracle Park in nearly six years with a 10-1 victory.
The Padres had a season-high 17 hits, including three doubles and a triple by Manny Machado, MacKenzie Gore allowed one run in completing six innings for the first time, and the Giants looked a little bit like a bad team even as they remained four games above .500 after losing their fourth straight game.
The Padres have won four in a row as they return home to play the Brewers, who lead the National League Central and are part of a stretch in which the Padres play 16 of their next 19 games against teams that currently have winning records.
Sunday’s victory completed a 7-2 road trip. They are 27-14, giving them the second-best winning percentage (.659) in the National League, behind only the Dodgers’ .675 mark (27-13). The Padres are 17-7 away from Petco Park, the best road record in the major leagues.
Teams love happy flights. It’s just better to have won before getting in a confined space and hurtling through the air.
The flight home after 11 days was the shortest of the four they took on this trip through Atlanta, Philadelphia and San Francisco. It might have been the happiest as well.
Gore (3-1) generally cruised through his first quality start and the Padres’ major league-leading 22nd, yielding three hits, walking two and striking out six. The Giants scored on a walk, double and sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
That answered the Padres’ five runs in the top of the fourth and made it 7-1.