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Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. get into dugout shouting match during Padres’ loss

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ST. LOUIS — With the San Diego Padres squabbling amongst themselves, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to solidify their postseason position.

Tyler O’Neill hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Cardinals came back to beat the Padres 3-2 Saturday night after San Diego stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. had a dugout dustup.

The Cardinals pulled two games ahead of Cincinnati for the second and final NL wild card, with San Diego and Philadelphia 2 1/2 games behind.

Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis during a dugout tirade in the fifth, telling the young star “it’s not about you” and “you go play baseball” after Tatis struck out looking in the inning. Tatis reacted angrily to the call by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, and manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he came out of the dugout to argue.

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The 29-year-old Machado and 22-year-old Tatis were separated by teammates during the incident, which came at the end of the top of the fifth. They eventually made their way to their positions — Machado at third, Tatis at short.

“It’s not viewed negatively,” Tingler said. “We’re a family. We’re not going to discuss the details, but we care. There’s passion. There’s frustration. Those are all emotions that are natural, and those things happen.”

O’Neill also had some words for Cuzzi after striking out looking in the fourth and sixth innings.

Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.
Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. were separated by teammates in the top of the fifth, after they exchanged words in the dugout.
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“Some pitches were off the plate,” O’Neill said. “I think the biggest thing for me was staying locked in and not giving it away. It was the biggest at bat of the night there in the eighth inning, so I had to hunker down and stay locked in.”

San Diego scored both of its runs on four singles off Wainwright in the fourth inning. Wainwright allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings in his 303rd career start with Yadier Molina behind the plate.

“We’re frustrated, upset, and laying it all out there,” Tingler said. “To come up a run short, we’re all playing for the same thing. It’s baseball. These things happen, and it can quickly turn. We need it to turn quick.”

Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. get into a shouting match in the dugout during the Padres’ 3-2 loss to the Cardinals.
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Padres starter Yu Darvish dominated the Cardinals over seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. He handed a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen, but reliever Emilio Pagán (4-2) couldn’t get through the eighth.

Tommy Edman scored Harrison Bader on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 before O’Neill drove his 28th homer of the season for a one-run lead. Giovanny Gallegos worked a perfect ninth inning for his ninth save. Kodi Whitley and Justin Miller (1-0) each pitched a scoreless inning before Gallegos closed out.

“He’s had several moments like that where he’s hit a dramatic home run for us to go up late in a game,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said about O’Neill. “He’s got a good approach. He knows his strengths. That’s what’s called growing up in the clubhouse right there.”

Tensions boiled between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.
Tensions boiled between Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr., as the San Diego Padres fell to the St. Louis Cardinals.
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