ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wil Myers has some great memories at Tropicana Field.
Monday night didn’t produce any more.
Myers went 1 for 4 in his first game back at the ballpark since a blockbuster trade two years ago, and the San Diego Padres lost 8-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The AL Rookie of the Year in 2013 while with the Rays was dealt to the Padres as part of a three-team, 11-player deal in December 2014.
“When I was here with Tampa, I didn’t necessarily know what it was like to be a big leaguer and playing every day,” Myers said. “I was kind of young and dumb. That kind of comes with the growing pains.”
Myers has 23 home runs and 21 stolen bases, giving him a chance to become the Padres’ first 30-30 player.
“I really felt like this year was the first time I’ve really learned how to play the game the right way,” Myers said. “I wish I could have given Tampa more of that, but it’s better to learn later than never.”
Drew Smyly allowed just a solo homer over seven innings of one-hit ball, and Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier each homered for the Rays.
“I thought he mixed his pitches well,” Myers said. “We just didn’t play that well, didn’t come out with the intensity that we should have early in the game. That’s something we need to fix. I think we’ll do that going forward.”
Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth homer and Derek Norris walked twice, and those were the only baserunners against Smyly (5-11).
Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen completed a three-hitter, with Jepsen allowing a single to Myers and a homer to Yangervis Solarte in the ninth.
Forsythe hit his fifth homer in his last 13 games off Luis Perdomo (5-7) to put the Rays up 3-1 in the second.
“He made some real nice adjustments, but for us offensively we dug too much of a hole, swung up in the zone a lot,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “We just didn’t have very many good at-bats against Smyly.”
Kiermaier had a three-run drive in a five-run eighth that made it 8-1. He had three hits and two stolen bases.
Logan Morrison had an RBI double and Forsythe added a sacrifice fly during the eighth.
Perdomo allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He hit two batters during the first, including Morrison with the bases loaded.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder inflammation) will throw batting practice Tuesday.
Padres: INF Luis Sardinas was acquired from Seattle for cash considerations or a player to be named and optioned to Triple-A El Paso. Green said Sardinas was obtained “with the intent of being one of the names we add to the mix, possibly playing shortstop for us in the future.”
Padres: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2), Tuesday night’s starter, walked eight and threw 149 pitches in a no-hitter while with Arizona on June 25, 2010 at Tropicana Field.
Rays: Rookie LHP Blake Snell (3-5) looks to rebound Tuesday night from an outing Wednesday at Toronto that lasted just 1 2/3 innings.
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