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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mike Clevinger is starting to pitch like the man who excited the Padres’ brass enough to trade him for him during the 2020 season.

Clevinger bowled an impressive seven innings and Juriksson Profer helped San Diego beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Monday night in the first game of the five-match series for a third consecutive game.

Trent Grisham also joined for the Padres, winning just the fourth time in 12 games this season against the pesky Rockies.

The Padres acquired Clevinger from Cleveland at the end of the 2020 season, hoping it would help them score a deep playoff run. Instead, he injured his elbow during his final regular season debut, missed the first-round series against St. Louis and was knocked out of the Division Series opener against the Dodgers in the second inning. He had Tommy John surgery and missed 2021.

Now recovering, Clevinger (3-3) won the first of five starts, hitting Rocky for a run and five hits for a six and no one could move. Two of those hits came in the sixth, when Jose Iglesias hit a leadoff double, leading on CJ Cron’s single and scoring on Brendan Rodgers’ sacrificial fly.

“They brought him here for a reason. He had to go through a tough time and rehab and all that stuff, which is a lonely place,” said Padres manager Bob Melvin. “But he is pitching back like never before. Velo doesn’t really matter, sometimes it’s a bit much when she needs it. His cutter, slider, big slider – he didn’t run to anyone. fantastic.”

Luis Garcia took two outs with two runners on for his second defense.

“With the doubleheader yesterday, we needed seven innings from the starter,” said Melvin.

Proffer homeed the third leadoff shot of his career from Antonio Senzatella (3-6) on the second pitch and went deep in three games in a row for the first time. His shot in the right field was his 12th.

Proffer also made a diving catch of Randall Grichuk’s sinking liner in left field for second of fourth.

“Just feeling good and swinging on good pitches,” said Prof.

Will Myers returned from a two-month stay on the injured list with a right knee swelling and immediately got his 500th career RBI on the groundout to give San Diego a 3-0 lead in the first.

Senztela allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, scoring three off five.

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The Padres acquired All-Star close Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for recently demoted close Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lammett, off Esteri Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser.

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Rockies: Kris Bryant was placed on a 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis on his left leg and recalled to INF Alan Trejo from Triple-A Albuquerque. This is Bryant’s third visit to IL this season.

Padres: Myers has been reinstated from the paternity list at 10-day-old IL and RHP Nick Martinez. … SS Fernando Tatis Jr bats six against live pitching as he works to return from surgery on his broken left wrist in March. “Second after second I was penciling him into my lineup tonight, and I know that’s not the case,” joked Melvin. He said Tatis hit his first bat and Homer in the second. “It makes you think a little bit,” said Melvin, who added Tatis, adding there will probably be another live BP session before the team decides on the next move.


Teams play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesdays. Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.59 ERA) and Padres RHP Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.24) are scheduled to start the first game. Colorado RHP Jose Urena (1-3, 4.67) and San Diego RHP Reece Nehar (0-0, 0.00) square off in the second game.


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