Carroll’s game-ending catch helps Padres hang on against 51s

Sawyer Carroll made a leaping catch against the right-field wall with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning to preserve the Tucson Padres’ 7-5 victory over the 51s on Wednesday in a Pacific Coast League game in Tucson, Ariz.

Designated hitter Travis Snider, who hit a three-run homer in the third inning for Las Vegas, sent a ball to deep right that appeared to be over Carroll’s head. But Carroll jumped at the warning track to make the play and then held on for the final out after crashing into the fence.

It was the second win for the Padres (23-49) in nine meetings this season with Las Vegas (40-32).

Tucson, which scored five times in the second inning, broke a 5-5 tie with two runs in the sixth. Yasmani Grandal scored on a wild pitch by 51s reliever Clint Everts (0-1) before two errors allowed Anthony Contreras to score on Daniel Robertson’s infield single.

The 51s committed three errors in all.

Las Vegas right-hander Shawn Hill, who was signed by the Blue Jays on Monday from the independent Atlantic League, went five innings and gave up eight hits and five runs in his 51s debut.

51s shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria went 3-for-5 and scored twice, and left fielder Eric Thames was 2-for-4. Snider’s homer was his seventh of the season, and he finished 2-for-4.

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