PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf's three-run homer in the ninth keyed a five run-rally that led the Padres to a come-from-behind win over the D-backs, 8-5, on Wednesday night at Chase Field.The Padres trailed, 5-3, in the ninth when Erick Aybar got the rally started with a one-out bunt single. Pinch-hitter
PHOENIX -- Ryan Schimpf's three-run homer in the ninth keyed a five run-rally that led the Padres to a come-from-behind win over the D-backs, 8-5, on Wednesday night at Chase Field.
The Padres trailed, 5-3, in the ninth when Erick Aybar got the rally started with a one-out bunt single. Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez followed with a single to left and Schimpf, who had been double-switched into the lineup in the sixth inning, hit a towering homer to right. He was 6-for-60 as he came up to the plate for that critical at-bat.
"That was great that was great for Schimpfy. He's struggled so hard. It was just a matter of one swing, one swing," Padres manager Andy Green said. "But I still think the whole inning starts with Aybar's bunt. That was huge to get a guy on base like that." More >>
Aybar and Hunter Renfroe each had home runs for the Padres.
All the runs came off D-backs closer Fernando Rodney (1-1), who had converted all six of his prior save attempts this year. More >>
"They got me tonight," Rodney said.
Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and knocked in three runs for the D-backs.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bunt starts it: Schimpf won the game with a homer, but the rally was started by a ball that traveled a much shorter distance. Aybar's bunt single with one out in the ninth got things going for the Padres, who then tacked on two more runs after Schimpf's homer to give themselves plenty of breathing room.
"Obviously with Schimpf hitting the three-run home run that seemed to really take the wind out of our sail," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Here's a guy that hit 20 home runs last year and is a very capable power hitter. You've got to give him some credit."
Close but no catch: After the Padres pulled to within 4-2 in the top of the fourth, the D-backs got an important tack-on run in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs and a runner on first, Goldschmidt lifted a fly ball to deep right field. Renfroe looked like he was going to make the catch when he reached up at the wall, but the ball bounced out of his glove for an RBI double.
While legging out an infield single in the fifth, D-backs second baseman Brandon Drury seemed to land awkwardly with his right leg after he touched the base. The trainers and Lovullo looked at him before allowing him to stay in the game. He was removed, however, after the inning and the club said he jammed his right knee and is day-to-day.
"He's doing OK," Lovullo said. "I know that he, not really hyperextended his knee, but flexed his knee in a way that scared him. The medical team recommended that we get him off his feet and take care of it and that made a lot of sense to me at that point in time."
Padres: San Diego closes a four-game series at Chase with another 6:40 p.m. PT start before traveling to San Francisco to face the Giants in a three-game weekend set. Veteran right-hander Jered Weaver is slated to be on the mound looking for his first win as a Padre in his fifth start.
D-backs: The D-backs wrap up their four-game series with the Padres on Thursday night with Taijuan Walker on the mound for the 6:40 p.m. MST start. Walker is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in two career starts against the Padres.
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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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