The Padres did it again.
Four grand slams, and a piece of history.
Eric Hosmer cleared the bags in the fifth inning, lifting a 1-1 sinker just over the fence in right field. Hosmer's homer made the Padres the first team in Major League Baseball to hit grand slams in four consecutive games. This one went down as an 8-7 ten inning win.
"It is a special team, especially now to be a part of history is really cool," Hosmer said. "Anything you do to be a part of history in this game in such a great league at such a high level it's amazing to be a part of."
"Welcome to Slam Diego," Fox Sports San Diego play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo said after Hosmer's blast cleared the fence.
To set up the big swing Austin Hedges singled, Fernando Tatis Jr. battled from an 0-2 count to deliver a base knock to left, and Manny Machado walked on four pitches.
Hosmer's swing was one body blow in a game that was full of them. The Rangers scored four unanswered to take a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning. Ty France and Austin Hedges reclaimed the momentum with back-to-back home runs in the bottom half of the frame, to give the Padres a 7-6 edge.
Jayce Tingler's bullpen continued to struggled Thursday. Dinelson Lamet left the game after five innings, giving up two runs. Michel Baez, who was recalled Wednesday, allowed three runs in the seventh. Luis Patino gave up the Rangers go-ahead run. Then in the ninth Emilio Pagan failed to secure the victory, giving up a solo shot to the first batter he faced, Nick Solak.
For the second night in a row the Padres took care of business in the tenth inning. With Wil Myers on second base, Jake Cronenworth singled to center. Scott Heineman misplayed it in the outfield, allowing Myers to walk home.
"We're just happy to get that final run across," Hosmer said. "Glad to be on top of a special night. Glad to end that night with a win."
San Diego's historic run started Monday night, with Fernando Tatis Jr.'s controversial grand slam in their 14-4 blowout of the Rangers.
The overnight drama quieted Tuesday afternoon, but the grand slam discussion continued when Myers opened their second straight win over Texas with a four-run bomb.
The most timely installment of San Diego's slam fest came Wednesday night in the tenth inning against Texas. With the Padres trailing 3-2, Manny Machado belted a walk off shot to beat the Rangers and continue the streak.