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The Arizona Diamondbacks just swept the first home doubleheader in franchise history.

The defending NL West champs were the ones getting swept the last time the San Diego Padres were in town.

Patrick Corbin will try to become the third straight Arizona rookie to win a game Friday night when the hot-hitting Padres go for a fifth consecutive victory.

With Tyler Skaggs and Wade Miley allowing a combined two runs over 14 2-3 innings, the Diamondbacks (64-61) won 3-2 and 3-0 on Wednesday to salvage a four-game split with Miami.

Arizona, third in the West and fifth in the wild-card race, will now turn to Corbin (5-4, 3.60 ERA) as it goes for a seventh win in nine games.

The left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts since being recalled from the minors Aug. 1, but he wasn't at his best Saturday when he yielded four runs in seven innings of a 12-4 victory at major league-worst Houston.

Corbin will make his first start versus San Diego (56-70) after throwing 4 1-3 innings of relief in a 9-5 home loss to the Padres on July 3.

San Diego won 8-6 the following day to cap its first-ever three-game sweep in Phoenix. The Padres have won four straight at Arizona after losing 24 of 30 there.

"They just had our number," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told his team's official website after the Padres hit six homers and plated 23 runs in their last visit.

San Diego will try to play spoiler again after hurting Pittsburgh's playoff chances with a three-game sweep this week. The Padres are among the lowest-scoring teams in the majors with 3.8 runs per game, but they have 28 runs and a .331 batting average over their last five contests.

Cameron Maybin and Will Venable are a combined .636 (21 for 33) since the team's last defeat, while Everth Cabrera is batting .440 (11 for 25) during a six-game hitting streak.

The Padres, though, have totaled one run while losing their last three road games.

Eric Stults (3-2, 3.06), who'll make his first start at Arizona since April 11, 2009, while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, will try to rebound from a rocky outing Saturday against San Francisco. The left-hander was tagged for season highs of five earned runs and nine hits in six innings of San Diego's 8-7 loss.

"I put a couple pitches right where I wanted to, and they were able to barrel it up," Stults told the Padres' official website.

He was also hit hard June 3 in a 6-0 home loss to Arizona as Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Gerardo Parra all went deep off of him. Those are three of the five homers Stults has allowed in 13 appearances - eight starts - this year.

Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel, 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and a sacrifice fly against Stults, is 5 for 28 with 11 strikeouts versus San Diego pitching in 2012, yet he leads his club with 10 RBIs in the season series. He hit two homers and drove in seven in the Padres' last two games in Phoenix.

Right fielder Justin Upton could return to Arizona's lineup after missing Wednesday's doubleheader with a sore left hamstring. He's 3 for 28 with no RBIs in eight games against the Padres in 2012.

Tagged: Padres, Diamondbacks, Eric Stults, Will Venable

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