The good news is the Padres are heading back to San Diego after a seven game road trip. The bad news is the team returns after dropping their fourth series in a row. A late game rally jump started by Austin Hedges was not enough to avoid the 5-2 defeat against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Hedges, who was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday June 24, got the Padres on the board with an RBI double to deep right field. After a pitching change by the Texans the bases were loaded for the Friars. Rangers righty Jose Leclerc walked Eric Hosmer. Jose Pirela made it home and notched the second run for the Frairs, but they still trailed 4-2.
In the bottom of eighth the locals sealed the deal. Ryan Rua smashed a solo home run to right field and never looked back. The Rangers won the series two games to one.
The Padres are back at Petco Park on Friday June 29 for the first of three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. PST.