The San Diego Padres were one of the biggest surprises in baseball through the first two months of the season. Now they’re just desperate for a win.
The struggling Padres look to snap their longest losing streak of the season as they resume a three-game interleague series with the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome.
The Padres lost 5-4 in 11 innings to the Twins in Friday’s series opener, dropping their fifth straight game. Sean Burroughs had three hits and Phil Nevin went 2-for-5 with an RBI for San Diego, which scored more runs Friday than in its previous two games combined.
The Padres have managed just 24 runs in their last 11 games. They had 14 hits Friday, but were hitting just .214 in their previous 10 games.
San Diego won a franchise-record 22 games in May, but has won just three of 15 thus far this month. Despite their skid, the Padres still hold a 1 1/2 -game lead over second-place Arizona in the NL West.
“This isn’t going to work, backing up,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “Until we get on track, nothing matters, and we know that.”
Rookie Glenn Williams drove in his first run with a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning Friday for the Twins, who won for the third time in eight games.
Michael Cuddyer homered for Minnesota, which blew a a 3-0 second-inning lead one night after blowing a 4-0 first-inning lead in a loss to San Francisco.