PHOENIX -- The first time through the order Wednesday, the D-backs could do little against Padres starter Luis Perdomo. They drew a couple of walks, but had zero hits and trailed by two runs.It was during that time that Paul Goldschmidt told his teammates in the D-backs dugout to keep
PHOENIX -- The first time through the order Wednesday, the D-backs could do little against Padres starter Luis Perdomo. They drew a couple of walks, but had zero hits and trailed by two runs.
It was during that time that Paul Goldschmidt told his teammates in the D-backs dugout to keep having quality at-bats.
"Because we hit a lot of balls hard, just weren't getting anything from it," third baseman Jake Lamb said. "It's kind of one of those games, pitchers weren't pounding the zone so it was kind of slow moving. Those are the tough ones, you've got to stay with it."
Then in the span of five batters with two outs in the third, the D-backs struck with the quickness of the desert rattler they are named after, scoring five times and seizing control of what would turn out to be a 7-4 win.
"I think we're very opportunistic," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of his offense. "And it's one of the traits of this team that I enjoy seeing is that when they smell a little blood and they get an opening and they pound through that. Obviously, we can hit home runs with the best of them and that's the high side of things, but we can keep tacking on and building innings and really create moments for us to score runs."
David Peralta started it all off by drawing a walk and Goldschmidt followed with one of his own.
Lamb then came to the plate and after taking a called strike on a 97 mph fastball he turned on an 87 mph breaking ball and hit it over the right field wall turning a two-run deficit into a 3-2 lead.
"I just know that he tries to flip a curveball over early in the count and I saw it up and just reacted to it," Lamb said.
The three RBIs boosted Lamb's total to 53, most in the National League.
"Not really," Lamb said when asked if that meant anything to him. "It's about helping the team win."
After Lamb's homer, Rey Fuentes beat out a little chopper to third and Brandon Drury followed with a two-run homer to cap the five-run inning.
According to Statcast™, Drury's homer had an exit velocity of 108.2 mph, the hardest he's hit a home run this year and the ball was projected to go 435 feet, his second-farthest homer of the season.
"The middle of our order is pretty darn good," D-backs starter Zack Greinke said. "And the offense has been good ever since I've been here so I'm kind of used to it."
Especially at Chase Field where the D-backs have been particularly potent offensively. They've scored 192 runs at home, the most in the National League.
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