Diamondbacks 7, Padres 2

Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds says the Diamondbacks are in
spoiler mode with the season winding down.

Reynolds drove in five runs with a pair of two-run home runs and
a single to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-2 win over the San Diego
Padres.

The Diamondbacks won their fourth in five games, extending the
Padres’ longest skid of the season to five.

”Every win we can get down the stretch against first-place or
wild-card teams is huge,” Reynolds said. ”We’re going to keep
pressing and keep trying to put losses on teams that have a chance
to get to the postseason and play the spoiler role.”

Reynolds homered to the opposite field with two outs to cap a
four-run first inning for Arizona. Miguel Montero scored on the
homer after hitting a two-run double.

Reynolds went deep again in the third – again with two outs –
this time pulling one well over the left field wall. Both homers
came off losing pitcher Wade LeBlanc (8-12), who lasted only three
innings and gave up six runs on six hits.

”Command was a big part but it was just part of what went wrong
(Monday),” LeBlanc said. ”It was just a bad night all around. I
didn’t bring anything to the table and I got crushed all over the
yard.”

Reynolds has 31 home runs, making him the eighth major-leaguer
this season to reach 30. He also recorded his ninth career
two-homer game and second this season. He added a run-scoring
single in the eighth to raise his RBI total to 81.

Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders (2-4) ended a personal
four-game losing streak with his first win since Aug. 3. Saunders
gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Tejada in the first inning, but
didn’t allow any more runs while scattering nine more hits. He
lasted eight innings, giving way to Aaron Heilman in the ninth.

”I stayed positive and my defense played excellent behind me,
and the run support and the way we were swinging the bat, the guys
did the little things,” Saunders said. ”It was a fun game.”

Leadoff man Stephen Drew went 2-for-4 for Arizona and is
16-for-32 (.500), including 11 runs and six doubles, over his past
seven games.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has been pleased with his
players’ approaches to at-bats in recent games.

”We’ve got a long way to go, but recently we’ve been pounding
it pretty good,” Gibson said.

Notes: Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton left the game after seven
innings with left shoulder pain from a bad swing on a foul-tip
strikeout in his final at-bat. It’s a problem he has dealt with in
the past, but has only caused him to miss an occasional game … 1B
Adam LaRoche was held out of the lineup Monday because of a sore
knee, though he took batting practice before the game. … The
Padres recalled OF Aaron Cunningham from Triple-A Portland and
optioned P Luis Perdomo to Portland. … Padres starter Chris
Young, on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury
since April 12, is scheduled for a rehabilitation start Tuesday in
Reno. Black said Young will throw three innings and 50 to 55
pitches.