SAN DIEGO — On Dec. 29, when the final pieces fell into place on a seven-player blockbuster that sent Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to San Diego, the Padres probably envisioned nights just like this one.
Darvish was dominant across six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Caratini — Darvish’s favored batterymate — backstopped the effort with ease, as Darvish blended eight different pitches to strike out seven Giants before he was removed after 89 pitches.
Then — and maybe the Padres weren’t envisioning this part — Caratini won the game with his bat.
San Diego’s newest catcher lofted a towering two-run home run just inside the right-field foul pole. The go-ahead blast sent the Padres — who were reeling after two straight losses and Fernando Tatis Jr.’s trip to the injured list — to a much-needed 3-1 victory on Tuesday night at Petco Park.