Pirates complete sweep of Red Sox; Moreta wins

The first half in San Diego couldn’t have been more disappointing. The Padres blew a four-run lead in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday that left San Diego with a 37-44 record at midseason.

“I know from the outside it looks like a bunch of overpaid guys who don’t perform,” Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove said. “But sometimes there is just no answer. We’re going through it right now.”

Henry Davis capped his first three-hitter with a go-ahead single in a three-run seventh inning that led the Pirates to a three-game sweep, San Diego has lost five straight and eight of 10 since winning two of Three of the Major Leagues. -Best Tampa Bay.

The Padres, who began the season with the third-highest payroll in Major League Baseball at nearly $258 million, are 10 1/2 games behind Arizona in the NL West and eight behind for the final NL wild card.

“Look, we have to put these things away and we have to be mentally tough,” manager Bob Melvin said. “At some point, we have to start over and understand that this is not what we wanted. There’s nothing we can do about it. We need to have a great second half.”

Davis, the first pick in the 2021 amateur draft, had two RBIs and raised his average to .351. He is 13-for-37 since his June 18 retirement from Triple-A Indianapolis and is riding a seven-game hitting streak.

“I just try to be tough,” Davis said. “There are many ways to help the team. …Find ways to make things happen, move the baton.”

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes due to poor air quality caused by the Canadian wildfires.

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Nick Gonzalez started the comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Davis cut the deficit to 4-2 with an RBI single in the sixth.

Tim Hill (1-2) relieved Musgrove leading off the seventh and walked pinch hitter Rodolfo Castro leading off, and rookie Jared Triolo singled.

Jake Suwinski followed with a dribbler down the first-base line and Hill hit a rushing throw to first that bounced down the right-field line. Suwinski was credited with an infield hit that scored a run and Triola, who had been at second, scored on the error. Hill, embarrassed, covered his face with his glove.

“Everyone sees it. Sorry, sure,” Musgrove said. “But if you think this team is turning around, you are sorely mistaken. … It feels like every loss that goes by just adds up and adds up and adds up. We need to put together a couple of good games here.”

Luis Garcia relieved and retired Andrew McCutchen on a groundout. Davis then singled to right field for a 5-4 lead.

Dauri Moreta (4-2) pitched a no-hitter. David Bednar got four outs for his 16th save in 17 chances, striking out Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto.

San Diego built its lead on Ha-Seong Kim’s sacrifice fly in the first, Grisham’s two-run home run in the second, and Kim’s home run in the fourth.

Musgrove allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. Pirates starter Luis Ortiz allowed four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“There’s a lot of fight left on this team,” Musgrove said. “We haven’t played our best ball yet. We are sure that we are not giving up yet.”

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