BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The struggling San Francisco Giants slow start to the 2019 season continued Wednesday as they dropped a 3-1 decision to the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park.
Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez was much sharper than in his last outing against Tampa Bay, only giving up two runs on four hits in seven innings, but the punchless Giants offense was limited to just a Kevin Millar solo home run by San Diego rookie Nick Margevicius before four Padres relievers came on to shut out San Francisco over the final three innings.
Margevicius, in just his third appearance in the Major Leagues, was in control throughout, striking out six while pitching six innings and only allowing five hits to earn his first career win.
A solo home run by Manny Machado in the sixth gave the Padres a 2-1 lead that proved to be the winning run. An RBI single in the ninth by Wil Myers following a lead-off triple by Hunter Renfroe provided an insurance run.
The Giants return to action tomorrow night with the start of a four game series with the Colorado Rockies. Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 2.79) faces Jon Gray (0-2, 5.68) in the opener.