Fernando Tatis Jr. breaks out, Padres tee off with five homers to force decisive Game 3 vs. Cardinals

SAN DIEGO — It’s 30 minutes after the game, and even though the stands are empty at Petco Park, the city streets of San Diego are jumping on Thursday, with shouts of elation reverberating from the Gaslamp Quarter.

No one wants to go home.

Besides, who can sleep?

The San Diego Padres fans, who spent the last two days watching their team fade quietly into the winter, witnessed the most incredible bolt of lightning they’ve ever seen, shaking the city like a tremor.

It was Fernando Tatis Jr. And then it was Manny Machado. And then it was Wil Myers. And then it was Tatis again. And then it was Myers again.

Three-run homer. Solo home run. Solo home run. Two-run home run. Two-run home run.

Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., right, celebrates with third baseman Manny Machado after his three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 of their wild card series against the Cardinals. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports)

Forget Slam Diego.

This was a Five Guys Burger, Home run style.

In a span of 15 batters, the Padres hit five home runs, turning a 6-2 deficit into an 11-9 victory.

The Padres and St. Louis Cardinals will play the deciding Game 3 Friday (10 ET) for the right to advance to the National League Division Series, a place where no Padres’ team has ever gone since 1998.

Of course, no Padres’ team until a year ago ever had Machado, Tatis and Myers in the same lineup.

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You know you’re doing some special things when you’re doing something like achieved by a couple of fellas named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Yep, Tatis and Myers became the first teammates to each hit two homers in a postseason game since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1932 World Series.

There’s no footage available to know if Babe or Lou did any bat-flips, but that admiration, bat flip, and dance around the bases by Machado in the sixth inning, and Tatis flinging his bat towards his bench in the seventh inning, tie, will live in infamy in San Diego history.

Move over, Jose Bautista. pic.twitter.com/RSRV6PEZFc

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