Diamondbacks 4, Padres 2

Arizona manger Kirk Gibson appreciates an intense player. Daniel

Hudson impressed him Saturday night.

Hudson, making his second start since coming off the DL, made a

big impression with eight strong innings to help the Diamondbacks

to a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11

games with a solo homer and Arizona’s struggling offense was

resourceful in scoring four runs.

But Gibson, a fierce competitor in his playing days, was taken

by the intensity Hudson showed. Especially after he paid Hudson a

visit when the right-hander walked the leadoff batter in the

eighth.

”The Huddy of old,” Gibson said. ”He threw great. He didn’t

want to come out. His pitch count was pretty low. I went out and

he’s always lobbying for longer. I didn’t want to take the game

away from him, so I stayed with him. That’s what we needed.”

Hudson, who missed more than a month with a right shoulder

impingement, allowed two runs on five hits while striking out five

and walking one. Hudson also had a sacrifice fly.

”He was wondering why I walked (Everth Cabrera) when I was up

0-2,” Hudson said about Gibson’s mound visit. ”He asked me how I

felt and I said I felt fine. He said, `Try and get a double play

and get out of this thing.”’

Hudson didn’t get a double play but retired the next three

batters to cap a solid outing.

”He kept the ball down and got quick outs,” catcher Miguel

Montero said.

When Montero was asked about Gibson’s decision to keep Hudson in

the game, he said, ”I would have done the same thing. His fastball

was still good and his slider was outstanding.”

Arizona, which had scored two runs or less in three of their

previous four games, scored three runs on a sacrifice fly, a balk

and a bases-loaded walk.

”Right now, you have to take whatever they give you,” Montero

said.

The Diamondbacks got an assist from San Diego reliever Joe

Thatcher, who balked in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

Gerardo Parra reached on a comebacker that deflected off

Thatcher’s bare hand and went for an infield single with one out in

the inning. Willie Bloomquist singled and Parra advanced to third

base. Thatcher was then called for a balk by third base umpire

Brian Gorman, allowing Parra to score.

”(Parra) caused the balk,” Gibson said. ”He took a couple of

steps. He went down (the third base line) hard where Thatcher could

see him.”

Thatcher and manager Bud Black did not agree with the call.

”He (Gorman) took the ball out of my hands,” Thatcher said.

”I’m looking back at the second base umpire, he’s shaking his

head. I didn’t balk. I don’t know what he really saw. It changed

the game.”

Goldschmidt’s home run in the fifth inning into the second deck

in left field tied the score 2-all.

San Diego, which broke a six-game losing streak with Friday

night’s 7-1 win over Arizona, has lost 10 of 12. The Padres have

the majors’ worst record at 18-36.

Arizona added another run in the eighth inning after Luke

Gregerson allowed Montero’s leadoff double and walked two batters

to load the bases. Alex Hinshaw replaced Gregerson and walked

Parra.

J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances

after retiring pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman on a line drive with

runners at first and third.

The Diamondbacks failed to fully capitalize on San Diego starter

Edinson Volquez’s wildness.

The Padres right-hander walked consecutive batters to open

innings in both the second and fourth innings. But Arizona managed

to score just one run.

In the fourth, Montero and Chris Young walked to start the

inning. An infield single by Josh Bell loaded the bases before

Hudson’s sacrifice fly gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.

The Padres took the lead in the bottom of the inning after Will

Venable led off with a bunt single and stole second. Cameron Maybin

followed with an RBI single and took second on the throw home

before he scored on Yonder Alonso’s single.

Volquez, near the top of the list for most walks allowed in the

majors, allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked a

season-high five and struck out five.

NOTES: In his last four starts, Volquez has received just three

runs of support but has also walked 15. … C Yasmani Grandal made

his major league debut for San Diego as a defensive replacement in

the eighth inning and flew out in his only at-bat. … Arizona LF

Jason Kubel made his first start since returning from the paternity

leave list on Friday. … Padres closer Huston Street (strained

right lat) is getting closer to coming off the DL. Street, who

threw nine pitches in one perfect inning of his first rehab

appearance Friday night with Class-A Lake Elsinore, will throw

again there on Sunday. Black said Street could be back with the

Padres as early as next week. . Arizona SS Stephen Drew was

scheduled to play nine innings on Saturday in an extended spring

training game after playing seven innings on Friday. It would mark

the first time Drew has played in consecutive games since starting

his rehab. Drew broke his right ankle last July and has been out

since then. . Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (2-5, 3.96) will pitch

the series finale against Padres LHP Eric Stults (1-1, 2.92) on

Sunday.