PHOENIX -- Chris Owings' first career grand slam helped give Zack Greinke a win and propelled the D-backs past the Padres, 7-6, on Monday night in the first of a four-game set at Chase Field.With the D-backs leading, 2-0, and with two outs in the fifth, Owings smacked a first-pitch
PHOENIX -- Chris Owings' first career grand slam helped give Zack Greinke a win and propelled the D-backs past the Padres, 7-6, on Monday night in the first of a four-game set at Chase Field.
With the D-backs leading, 2-0, and with two outs in the fifth, Owings smacked a first-pitch fastball from Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) into the overhang in center to give Arizona a 6-0 lead.
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"It felt good," Owings said. "Jumped on that heater after I'd seen it a couple of times. Another good win. It's good to come out on top."
Chacin fouled a ball off his left foot before singling to center during his third-inning at-bat. He continued in the game through six innings, but it was after that incident that the D-backs had their most success.
"I was fine," Chacin said. "The foot was sore, but it was nothing that made me pitch bad. I was trying to keep my sinker down, but couldn't do it. Hopefully, tomorrow it's going to be better, But right now it's fine."
The Padres refused to go quietly, though, as they scored a run in the sixth and then four in the seventh thanks to a three-run homer from William Myers off Silvino Bracho. Still not done, they added another in the eighth on an Austin Hedges homer.
Fernando Rodney closed out the win in the ninth to pick up his sixth save.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Escape artist: Trailing, 1-0, the Padres had a chance to get on the board in the third inning after Chacin and Manuel Margot each singled with one out. Greinke managed to strike out Myers before Yangervis Solarte legged out an infield hit to load the bases. Greinke got Hunter Renfroe to ground to third to end the threat. More >
Oh so close: With two outs in the fifth, Greinke hit a blooper to the gap in right-center. Renfroe made a long run from his spot in right and tried to make what would have been an outstanding backhanded diving catch. The ball ticked off his glove, though, and Greinke reached base. A.J. Pollock then walked and David Peralta singled to load the bases for Owings, who unloaded them with a game-changing homer.
"There were just great at-bats to even get to me," Owings said. "Greinke with the nice two-out knock there, A.J. threw a good at-bat together and then Peralta lined that ball to left. So just to get up in that inning was awesome."
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Padres are almost 50 games under .500 playing at Chase Field (60-108) since the inauguration of the D-backs franchise in 1998. But they are 30 games over .500 against the D-backs in San Diego (101-71).
Padres: Left-hander Clayton Richard gets another shot at the D-backs in a 6:40 p.m. PT start at Chase Field on Tuesday night. Last Thursday at Petco, he led Arizona in a 4-1 win, allowing one run on nine hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
D-backs:Patrick Corbin will face off against the Padres for the second start in a row when he takes the mound Tuesday night at Chase Field for the 6:40 p.m. MST first pitch. Corbin took the loss last time out in San Diego, allowing three runs over six innings.
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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.
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