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Myers subjected to ribbing after monster homer

Padres first baseman leaves no doubt in win over Braves
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SAN DIEGO -- There was no review needed for Wil Myers' home run Thursday night. His teammates joked that the Padres should ask for one, anyway.

After a misinterpretation of Petco Park's ground rules denied Myers his 16th home run during Tuesday's series opener against Atlanta, other Padres sent some snark his way after his two-run shot in third inning of San Diego's 6-0 victory against the Braves on Thursday.

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SAN DIEGO -- There was no review needed for Wil Myers' home run Thursday night. His teammates joked that the Padres should ask for one, anyway.

After a misinterpretation of Petco Park's ground rules denied Myers his 16th home run during Tuesday's series opener against Atlanta, other Padres sent some snark his way after his two-run shot in third inning of San Diego's 6-0 victory against the Braves on Thursday.

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The humor followed controversy. In the Padres' 3-0 loss Tuesday, Myers sent a first-inning pitch to right-center. It bounced off the padding above the wall and back into play, where umpires ruled it a double on the field. During a crew-chief review, officials in New York misinterpreted Petco Park's ground rules, which at the time said that a "batted ball in flight striking the top of the right-field wall above/beyond the padding" is a home run. Myers' hit did not go beyond the padding above the right-field wall, leading to the confusion; the Padres have since reworded the ground rules.

On Thursday, when Myers returned to the dugout after what was officially his 16th homer, Padres catcher Austin Hedges approached him with his hands over his ears, jokingly using the symbol prompting umpires to perform a replay review. Manager Andy Green and others told Myers it was only a double.

"I was just giving him a hard time," Hedges said. "Obviously, the last one we thought should've been a homer and ended up not being a homer. Just joking around that they should go to the replay for it."

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Myers left no doubt Thursday, sending a 1-0 changeup from Jaime Garcia into the first deck of the Western Metal Building in the left-field corner. At a Statcast-projected 408 feet, it was Myers' 10th home run of at least 400 feet in 2017.

"I'm glad I cleared the wall," Myers said. "There was no question about that one. I was happy there was no review there."

With a two-run moonshot in the fifth, Hunter Renfroe tied Myers for the team lead in homers. Despite Tuesday's dispute, Myers doesn't consider himself the unofficial leader.

"Me and him are tied," Myers said. "I think it's cool because we like to compete with that. Both of us want to end the year with more home runs. We have a nice little competitive edge to us about that, and we go about it the right way."

The home run extended a run of success for Myers. He has reached base in 14 of his past 15 games, batting .300 with four homers, 14 walks, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored during that stretch.

But even that didn't save him from the wrath of teammates.

"It's all in good fun," Hedges said. "He's been swinging the bat great lately."

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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