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Clevinger impressive in return, Padres edge Guardians 5-4

Andrés Giménez, Jorge Alfaro
Posted at 7:04 PM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 19:04:28-04

CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger had an impressive first start since undergoing elbow surgery in 2020, and Manny Machado hit a two-run home as the San Diego Padres beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Machado connected in the third inning off Zach Plesac and Austin Nola delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth as the Padres won for the sixth time in seven games.

It was a solid return for Clevinger.

He had Tommy John surgery not long after pitching in Game 1 of the NLDS two years ago.

Facing his former team and Plesac, one of his closest friends, the right-hander allowed three runs and four hits.