Nelson, outstanding in MLB debut, leads Bucks 5-0 over Padres.


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SAN DIEGO – Arizona right-hander Ryne Nelson returned to work after allowing the third double of his big league career to Jurickson Profar.

He retired Juan Soto, Manny Machado and Josh Bell, and he didn’t stop there. Nelson was brilliant in his big league debut, allowing just four hits in seven innings and striking out 17 straight batters from the first through the sixth to lead the Diamondbacks to a 5-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

Nelson, 24, spoke about his concerns Sunday night and Monday morning.

“Once I got out there and threw the first strike, everything went and I played the game I’ve played forever,” he later said.

After allowing Profar’s leadoff double in the first, Nelson (1-0) didn’t allow another runner until Professor got a two-out double into the right field corner in the sixth and took third on a Jake McCarthy throwing error. Profar was shutout when Juan Soto flied out weakly to center and beat the bat in frustration.

“I know I have to be aggressive and throw the ball at the plate to give myself the best shot,” Nelson said. “If I started falling behind, it would be too fast, so I tried to get ahead, throw all my pitches for strikes and let the game play out.”

Nelson said he was “gently aware” of putting those Padres in the series.

“After a while I knew there was no harm,” he said. “I was getting ahead of guys, his fastball wasn’t really square, too much, he was making seed and I threw some good chase pitches. Everything is beautiful.”

The Padres had runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh.

Nelson struck out seven and walked none on 87 pitches.

The Diamondbacks have optioned Nelson’s contract from Triple-A Reno. He was a second round pick in the 2019 amateur draft. He was 10-5 with a 5.43 ERA in 26 starts this season with the Aces.

“We’re proud of him coming in here and slowing down the game and pitching,” manager Torre Lovolo said. “There were a few concerns in the line-up he had to face, but he cleared them up quickly. You could tell he was on the attack and did a great job.

“Everything worked out perfectly,” added the manager. “The first test got him over the nerves that carried him through the rest of the game.”

Arizona won for the 9th time in 11 games. San Diego, which had a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the NL’s second wild card spot, lost its third straight game. The Padres were shut out for the ninth time, and six came at home.

Diamondbacks starter Stone Garrett hit a solo homer off Steven Wilson for a 2-0 lead in the seventh. It was his third.

Garrett singled from Blake Snell (6-8) in the second and scored on a double by Alec Thomas.

Christian Walker hit a two-run single off Nick Martinez in the eighth. Thomas added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Snell struck out 10 in six innings while allowing one run on four hits. He walked one.

Due to the heat wave that gripped San Diego, the Padres offered free bottled water and sunscreen. It was 87 degrees at 1:41 p.m.

Padres manager Bob Melvin said LHP Sean Manaea will miss his next start in hopes of “refreshing his arm a little” next Friday night at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manaya allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 12-1 loss at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. Manaea has given up 14 runs in consecutive starts against the Kansas City Royals and Dodgers. Melvin Manea said he will probably skip one start.

Diamondbacks: Recalled INF Yoni Hernandez from Triple-A Reno and placed him on the 60-day injured list with a strained left calf.

Padres: Placed INF Brandon Drury on the seven-day concussion list, retroactive to Saturday, and activated C Jorge Alfaro (right knee swelling) from the 10-day injured list.

Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly (12-5, 2.84 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (9-6, 3.01) are scheduled to start Tuesday night in the middle game of the series.

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