A.J. Pollock had two hits and two RBIs in an eight-run first
inning, and Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado added two-run home
runs in a 12-6 victory over the Padres at Chase Field.
"We'll take the win any day. To get it on a manager's birthday, even
better," Goldschmidt said.
"It's excellent," Gibson said.
The D-backs (22-33) set season highs for a single inning in runs and
hits (eight) in the first while knocking out Padres starter Tim
Stauffer. The right-hander gave up seven runs in one-third of an
inning, bumping his ERA from 1.90 to 4.50.
Goldschmidt had three hits, including his 10th homer of the season,
and three RBIs. His home run, which gave the Diamondbacks a 12-4
lead in the seventh inning, was measured at 460 feet. He could not
recall hitting one longer.
"It's good to get the lead," the Arizona first baseman said. "A lot
of good at-bats by guys, and we were able to get the starting
Prado drove in three and homered for the second consecutive game.
The Diamondbacks third baseman did not homer in his first 213 plate
appearances this season.
Shortstop Chris Owings had his first four-hit game for the D-backs,
who have won six of their past eight series.
Prado, right fielder Gerardo Parra and catcher Miguel Montero had
two hits apiece for Arizona, which finished with 17.
Left fielder Tommy Medica hit a double, a triple and a home run and
drove in three runs for San Diego, which lost for the seventh time
in 10 games.
Medica flied out to center field for the second out in the ninth
inning. The Padres (24-30) have never had a cycle in their 46-year
"I saw that I might get a chance, but it is what it is," Medica
said. "It is not what you are really looking forward to in the game.
You are trying to win the game, but when the opportunity presented
itself ... it didn't happen."
Medica hit a hard shot to third base in the second inning that was
ruled an error on Prado, one of his two in the game.
"Definitely," Medica said when asked if it could have been scored a
hit. "Prado is great player. I don't know if they are thinking it
might be routine for him. It is what it is."
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko, center fielder Cameron Maybin and
shortstop Everth Cabrera each had two hits for the Padres, who
trailed 10-0 after two innings.
Pollock and Parra had two hits in the first inning. Pollock opened
the inning with a single, and he doubled in two runs when he came up
again with runners on second and third and two outs.
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Parra and Goldschmidt had RBI doubles in the inning, Prado and
Owings had RBI singles, and left fielder Ender Inciarte added a
two-run single for his first two RBIs in the major leagues.
"Baseball at times is a very cruel game," San Diego manager Bud
Black said. "Pollock's (single) was just a bounding ground ball that
was hit in the right spot. Parra, a bounding ball hit in the right
spot and not hit hard. Goldschmidt, just a blooper down the right
field line. Not hit hard.
"You look up and it is guys on second and third and one run in and
they haven't hit the ball hard and we are behind the eight ball
right away. We just couldn't recover."
Prado's two-run homer in the second inning made it 10-0.
Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson (3-0) gave up four runs, one
earned, in five innings. He was struck by a hard line drive in his
left leg in the Padres' three-run fifth but got the final out of the
inning before being replaced. He has won all of his major league
Medica tripled and scored on a groundout in the fourth and had a
two-run double to cap a three-run fifth to make it 10-4. Medica's
leadoff homer started a two-run eighth.
NOTES: Arizona SS Cliff Pennington was scratched from the starting
lineup with a bruised thumb suffered in the first inning of
Tuesday's game. Chris Owings started in his place. ... Arizona
purchased the contract of INF/OF Nick Evans from Triple-A Reno and
optioned OF Alfredo Marte to Reno. Evans, 28, was hitting .335 with
15 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 44 games. He was tied for
the Pacific Coast League in RBIs. Evans, a Phoenix-area native who
signed with the New York Mets in the fifth round of the 2004 draft,
played parts of four seasons with the Mets in 2008-11. ... San Diego
acquired RHP Ronald Herrera from Oakland to complete the May 14
trade that sent OF Kyle Blanks to the A's. Herrera, 19, is to report
to Class A Fort Wayne. ... San Diego C Yasmani Grandal, who left
Tuesday's game after being struck in the glove hand by a swing, was
in the starting lineup Wednesday after X-rays were negative. He went
0-for-3 with a walk.
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