SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs did nine innings worth of mashing in the top of the first on Friday night, as they cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Fourteen Arizona hitters came to the plate in the opening frame, eight of whom scored, in the most prolific road first inning in franchise history.
Jake Lamb started the barrage by launching a Jered Weaver fastball into the right-field seats for a three-run homer. He took Padres reliever Craig Stammen deep in the sixth to cap the first multi-homer game of his career. In between, Brandon Drury and David Peralta also left the yard for Arizona.
"We just had a good approach tonight off him," Drury said of Weaver. "We knew he wasn't going to beat us with his fastball so we were not going to try to do too much. We all kind of had a good approach of trying to stay up the middle and the other way."
Weaver didn't make it through the first, exiting having allowed seven runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning. It's been a rough five-start stretch for the veteran right-hander, who has allowed 30 runs in that span. Weaver acknowledged that his performance needed to improve for him maintain his place in the rotation.
Padres manager Andy Green said the club will hold discussions "to find out what the best path is."
"Today, the pitches he left over the middle of the plate to these guys, they hit," said Green. "And they did not chase off the plate."
Added Weaver, rather succinctly: "I just couldn't trick anybody."
Meanwhile, the early support was plenty for D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker. The D-backs right-hander allowed just two hits over six scoreless innings, while striking out three, and he was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
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Lamb chops: Lamb turned around an 82 mph two-seamer from Weaver and sent it out of the yard with an exit velocity of 107 mph. His homer in the sixth inning left the park at 103 mph. The two dingers gave Lamb 11 on the season and four over his past three games. More >
"I feel really good," Lamb said. "For the most part taking pitches that I shouldn't be swinging at and attacking balls up in the zone."
Walker rakes: Before he even set foot on the mound, Walker came to the dish with two outs in the first and Weaver teetering. He bounced a sharp single up the middle, driving in Arizona's sixth run and chasing Weaver after nine batters.
Walker, who spent his entire career prior to this year in the American League has been taking grief from his teammates for the way he's swung the bat. He wound up with a career-best two hits.
"All week everyone has been telling me, 'Hey, can you use your legs this time?'" Walker said. "So that was the main focus. I wasn't even trying to get a hit. I was trying to use my legs, and I got a couple of knocks."
From there, it became a bullpen game for the Padres, who fashioned 8 1/3 innings out of Miguel Diaz, Stammen, Kevin Quackenbush, Kirby Yates and Luis Sardinas.
(Yes, that Luis Sardinas. The Padres shortstop actually helped save the 'pen with a scoreless top of the ninth inning in which he retired three of the four batters he faced.)
"One of the reasons Luis Sardinas comes in there in the ninth inning is just to make sure we've got Kirby Yates for tomorrow and don't have to use anybody else," Green said.
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The game was already decided by the time Peralta and Manuel Margot showed off their defensive prowess. Margot, the Padres center fielder, fielded a Walker single in the bottom of the second and fired a 93 mph strike to nail Chris Owings at the plate. It was the first outfield assist for the Padres rookie, who has been impressive on all fronts this season.
But Peralta outdid Margot four innings later on a deep drive by William Myers. The D-backs right fielder never broke his stride and made a leaping grab at the wall, robbing the Padres first baseman of extra bases -- and potentially a home run.
D-backs:Robbie Ray looks to rebound from a pair of poor starts when he takes the ball against the Padres on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. MST. Ray has allowed nine earned runs over nine innings in his last two starts.
Padres: Among pitchers with at least 30 innings this season, no one has induced ground balls at a higher clip than Luis Perdomo's 70 percent. He starts Saturday night against the D-backs with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. PT.
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