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SAN DIEGO -- Jose Pirela had a pair of triples Saturday, but he lost a pair of pants.

In San Diego's 4-2 victory against the Pirates, Pirela tied a franchise record, becoming the first Padre with two three-baggers in a single game since Nick Hundley in 2011. But Pirela's historic night couldn't save his pants.

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SAN DIEGO -- Jose Pirela had a pair of triples Saturday, but he lost a pair of pants.

In San Diego's 4-2 victory against the Pirates, Pirela tied a franchise record, becoming the first Padre with two three-baggers in a single game since Nick Hundley in 2011. But Pirela's historic night couldn't save his pants.

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As he slid into third to complete his second triple, the back of his right pant leg ripped. Once the third inning ended, he changed into another pair, able to laugh about the mishap after the game.

"We've got plenty of pairs here," Pirela said through a team interpreter. "This is a professional team, so we've got plenty of everything."

Video: PIT@SD: Pirela tears his pants sliding on a triple

Pirela went hitless in the new pair of pants, but he continued to provide the Padres with the fierce bat he has been since being promoted in early June. While playing four positions and starting in the top six spots in the lineup, Pirela has constantly provided offense.

After short stints with the Yankees and Padres the past three years, Pirela is batting .298 with an .835 OPS in a career-high 43 games. The 27-year-old finally has his first extended opportunity.

"It's something I've honestly been waiting for my whole career," Pirela said. "It's pretty hard to show what you can do when you're only getting a chance to play every now and then. I think that's it. I am getting that opportunity finally, and I'm able to show what I can do as a player and how I can help the team."

Batting third and playing first base Saturday, Pirela became the 15th Padre with two triples in a game, done twice by only former outfielder and current Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

With Wil Myers, San Diego's regular first baseman and No. 3 hitter, getting the night off, manager Andy Green could plug in Pirela with no drop in production.

"He's been hitting balls hard ever since he's been here," Green said. "It's not soft off his bat at all. He's hitting balls hard. Takes an aggressive pass, puts good at-bats together. You look up, every day he's in the middle of something special for us."

Pirela's first triple gave the Padres a lead they retained throughout Saturday's contest. After Manuel Margot led off the bottom of the first with a single, he stole second before advancing to third on a Carlos Asuaje flyball. Pirela then traded places with him, lacing the first pitch he gto from Ivan Nova over right fielder Adam Frazier. It bounced off the wall and back behind Frazier, allowing Pirela to flash his speed.

"My speed game is something I've always cared about or always taken care of," Pirela said. "I think it is one of the reasons that I'm still here and playing the way I am today."

Unfortunately on Saturday, his speed cost him his pants.

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

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