SAN DIEGO (AP) — Victor Caratini hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Yu Darvish pitched six strong innings as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Padres won a few hours after getting the news that star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to avoid surgery for now for a partially dislocated left shoulder. Tatis was placed on the 10-day injured list and the Padres didn’t set a timeline for his return.
“The strength of this team is that everybody does their job really well and we help each other,” Darvish said about playing without the electrifying Tatis.
Caratini’s first homer with San Diego was a two-run shot to right field off Matt Wisler (0-1) with one out in the seventh to break a 1-all tie. South Korean rookie Kim Ha-seong, who started at shortstop in place of Tatis, was aboard on a walk.
“Coming over, I knew he was a good player. He’s a lot better than what we even expected,” manager Jayce Tingler said about Caratini.
Caratini is Darvish’s personal catcher. They were obtained from the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 29, the same day the Padres also acquired Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays.
“Every time he hits a home run he kind of comes to me with a grin, so I don’t really like that. Jokingly, obviously, but it was good for the team, so I think it makes it OK,” Darvish said.