Baseball: Darvish pitches Padres to win over Mets in Wild Card opener

Yu Darvish showed off his array of pitches in a seven-inning gem Friday as the San Diego Padres overpowered the New York Mets 7-1 in the opening game of their National League Wild Card Series.

The 36-year-old right-hander received strong offensive support from a San Diego lineup that belted four home runs against Mets ace Max Scherzer (0-1) and chased him after just 4-2/3 innings at Citi Field.

Darvish (1-0) threw 72 of his 101 pitches for strikes, allowing six hits while fanning four, walking none and hitting one batsman. He gave up his only run on Eduardo Escobar's solo homer in the fifth.

Josh Bell put the Padres on the board with a two-run homer in the first and Trent Grisham made it 3-0 with his solo blast in the second.

Jurickson Profar's three-run homer blew the game open at 6-0 in the fifth before Manny Machado's solo brought an end to Scherzer's night.

Darvish used a range of breaking balls, including sliders and curveballs, to curtail the normally potent Mets lineup in a statement performance.

He pitched out of a one-out jam in the first, stranding runners at first and third after striking out NL RBI leader Pete Alonso and getting Daniel Vogelbach to fly out.

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