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Darvish makes history, but Padres drop third straight losing 4-1 to Orioles

San Diego had three costly double-plays deflate their chances of taking the opener from first place Baltimore.

Ryan O'Hearn homered and Gunnar Henderson hit a bases-clearing double off Yu Darvish for the AL-best Baltimore Orioles, who beat the staggering San Diego Padres 4-1 Monday night for their third straight win.

Rookie right-hander Grayson Rodriguez (3-3) held the Padres to one run on three hits while going seven innings for the first time. He struck out six and walked one to win for the first time in nine starts. His last victory came May 9 against Tampa Bay.

Félix Bautista finished the combined four-hitter by pitching the ninth for his AL-leading 32nd save in 38 chances. He walked Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto with one out and then got Manny Machado to ground into a double play to end it.

The Padres lost their third straight and for the seventh time in eight games. They have failed to play up to the expectations that come with having baseball's third-highest payroll and an appearance in the NL Championship Series last fall.

O'Hearn sent a drive into the home run porch in the right field corner leading off the second, his 10th.

Darvish loaded the bases with one out in the fifth by allowing consecutive singles to Aaron Hicks, who came off the injured list earlier in the day, and Jordan Westburg, followed by a walk to Adley Rutschman. Henderson then cleared them with an opposite-field double into the corner in left.

Cooper homered to straightaway center off Rodriguez leading off the sixth, his first with the Padres and his 14th this season.

Darvish (8-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He had six strikeouts to move past Hideo Nomo for the most by a Japanese-born pitcher with 1,919. Nomo, a special assistant in the Padres' baseball operations department, watched from the front row of a luxury suite.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Activated Hicks, who had been sidelined for three weeks with a strained left hamstring. Optioned OF Colton Cowser to Norfolk.

Padres: Placed DH/1B Ji Man Choi on the 10-day IL with a left rib cage strain, retroactive to Saturday. Selected the contract of OF Ben Gamel from Triple-A El Paso. Transferred RHP Drew Carlton to the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

Orioles RHP Jack Flaherty (8-7, 4.33 ERA) and Padres RHP Michael Wacha (8-2, 2.84) are scheduled to start Tuesday night. It will be Flaherty's third start since being obtained from St. Louis at the trade deadline. Wacha is scheduled to come off the injured list. He's been out with right shoulder inflammation since July 2.

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