PHOENIX -- The D-backs didn't hit the ball particularly hard, nor did they hit it very far, but they did just enough in the sixth inning to score a pair of runs as they beat the Padres, 3-1, on Friday night at Chase Field.The win raised the D-backs record to
PHOENIX -- The D-backs didn't hit the ball particularly hard, nor did they hit it very far, but they did just enough in the sixth inning to score a pair of runs as they beat the Padres, 3-1, on Friday night at Chase Field.
The win raised the D-backs record to 2-6 on their current 10-game homestand.
The victory, combined with the Dodgers' loss to the Angels, gave the D-backs a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West.
"Obviously a much-needed win," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've been grinding away on our games here at home and we strung together enough base hits to go ahead."
Arizona starter Zack Godley (10-6) rebounded from a rough start his last time out to hold the Padres to just one run on four hits over six innings.
That one run, however, looked for a time like it might be enough to sink the D-backs, as Padres starter Joey Lucchesi cruised through the first five innings allowing just one hit.
In the sixth, though, the wheels came off for Lucchesi, and it started when he walked Godley to lead off the inning.
"I think the one thing that maybe got him sidetracked was walking the pitcher," Lovullo said. "Any time you do that, I think there's a little bit of a loss of focus because you're always counting it as a free out. So, give Zack some credit for waiting it out and getting on base."
One out later, Nick Ahmed blooped a single to center and Paul Goldschmidt grounded a single through the hole at short and the D-backs had the bases loaded.
Lucchesi hit A.J. Pollock with a pitch to force in the tying run. The D-backs took the lead when reliever Adam Cimber couldn't field Steven Souza Jr.'s bases-loaded comebacker cleanly and had to go to first for the out, allowing the go-ahead run to score from third.
"I thought I had a really good approach. I got a little passive earlier on, which I was frustrated about, but any way I can get the run home for us," Souza said.
Souza, who has now appeared in just 16 games this year due to a strained pectoral muscle, raised his RBI total for the year from one to three.
"This is a great lineup," Souza said. "All I have to do is put the ball in play and make good things happen. Try and get it on the barrel."
Last time out against the Giants, Godley allowed seven runs in just four innings. Friday night was a different story, in large part because he was able to get ahead with his fastball and land his signature curveball when he needed.
"I'm just trying to continue to stay under control and work toward the plate," Godley said of the adjustments he made from his last start. "Just being able to get on line with all of my pitches and throw strikes."
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Of the 81 pitches Godley threw, 44 were curveballs. That's the largest percentage of curves he's thrown in a Major League start.
"They were aggressive to it, so I kept throwing it," Godley said. "It was kind of the way it worked. If they weren't, I would have gone to something else. It played well for me tonight, so I used it."
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"He was a little bit all over the place in my at-bat. He only had one pitch that was even close to the zone. That's why that at-bat was kind of easy for me. After that, I think he was a little bit closer to the zone. He didn't give up hard hits. He gave up a couple of ground balls through the hole. That's tough luck for him. Honestly, I don't think he threw that bad of an inning." -- Godley, on Lucchesi in the sixth inning
The D-backs continue the series with the Padres on Saturday night with a 7:10 p.m. MST start. Left-hander Robbie Ray (3-1, 4.89 ERA) will make his third start since coming off the disabled list with a strained oblique. He struggled in his last outing, as he allowed six earned runs over five innings, snapping a 16-game unbeaten streak. Ray will be opposed by Tyson Ross (5-6, 3.78 ERA).
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.