PHOENIX -- The D-backs scored five runs in the third inning to overcome an early deficit as they beat the Padres, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Chase Field. The D-backs will go for a sweep of the series Thursday afternoon.The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs
PHOENIX -- The D-backs scored five runs in the third inning to overcome an early deficit as they beat the Padres, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Chase Field. The D-backs will go for a sweep of the series Thursday afternoon.
The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and third innings off Arizona starter Zack Greinke, who raised his record to 8-3 despite being able to get through just five innings. Greinke's offense helped him in the third when Jake Lamb hit a three-run homer and Brandon Drury added a two-run shot.
"A nice win for us," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "I don't think it was Zack's best day. I think he was a little erratic with several of his pitches and just wasn't commanding the ball as he has been, but in true Zack form, he grinded out five innings and got a win and that's the bottom line."
Both of the homers came off Padres starter Luis Perdomo (0-3). The right-hander walked four, including two with two outs in the third. Lamb wasted no time capitalizing.
"It was a pitch in the middle," Perdomo said through a team interpreter. "I made the mistake there, hung it and paid the price."
Yangervis Solarte supplied the early offense for the Padres with a solo homer in the first and an RBI single in the third -- both on pitches at his ankles. Jose Pirela came off the bench and chipped in with a career-high three hits, but it wasn't enough.
"Our approach was better against [Greinke]," said Padres manager Andy Green. "But if you've got to put up a touchdown against him, you're probably not going to win a lot of baseball games."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Drury's the difference: After Lamb's three-run homer, Chris Owings beat out an infield tapper to third base bringing Drury to the plate. After taking two fastballs for balls, Drury drove a 92 mph heater from Perdomo over the wall in left-center to complete the five-run inning.
"Brandon Drury, the big two-run home run kind of sealed the deal for that inning," Lovullo said. More >>
Could have been more: The Padres had Greinke on the ropes in the fifth after Pirela doubled and Franchy Cordero followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3 with no one out. After Solarte popped out, William Myers drew a walk and it looked like it could be a big inning. Instead, Greinke fanned Hunter Renfroe swinging and got Ryan Schimpf looking to end the threat. More >>
"Clearly we need to be stronger with our message because it did not get across how we want him to attack in a Major League Baseball game. If he's going to be successful -- which we think he is -- he cannot pitch the way he did today. Chalk it up to a learning experience, but he's been in the league for a year and a couple months now, so it's time to start learning those things." -- Green on Perdomo's inability to attack both sides of the plate
TROUBLE FOR TORRENS
Facing arguably baseball's most aggressive team, the Padres gave rookie Luis Torrens the start behind the dish on Wednesday. For a rookie Rule 5 pick who had never played above Class A until this season, his struggles to contain the running game were perhaps predictable.
Torrens allowed four wild pitches to scoot by him. He also air-mailed a throw to second base in the third inning when no throw was necessary. With a full count and two outs, neither middle infielder was covering the bag. But after Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk, Torrens threw anyway -- and into center field, allowing David Peralta to take an extra base.
"He had a rough time back there today," said Green. "There's no other way to say that. He's done a solid job for us, considering where he's coming from. He's grown a lot, he's learned a lot. There's still growth ahead. There's going to be some bumps in the road. Today was one of those."
Up by three in the seventh, Owings lifted a deep fly ball into right field, which should've easily plated Goldschmidt for an insurance run. But Renfroe does not make things easy on opposing baserunners. He uncorked a missile from 264 feet away in right fielld and hit the glove of catcher Luis Torrens just as Goldschmidt was sliding across the plate. Goldschmidt was initially ruled out, but the D-backs successfully challenged the call, negating Renfroe's other-worldly throw.
D-backs:Patrick Corbin takes the mound for the D-backs on Thursday afternoon in the final game of the three-game series at 12:40 p.m. MST. Corbin is looking to get back on track. In his first six starts of the year he had a 2.29 ERA. In his last six starts he has an ERA of 9.00.
Padres:Clayton Richard threw a complete game on 96 pitches against the D-backs last month. The veteran left-hander will be looking for an encore performance when he faces them again in Thursday's series finale. First pitch is slated for 12:40 p.m. PT.
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