Diamondbacks 6, Padres 0

Trevor Cahill pitched his best game yet with the Diamondbacks

and Gerardo Parra got some extra encouragement to hit a big home


Cahill threw a six-hit shutout and Parra went deep after an

elderly female fan touched his bat for good luck to help the

Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Sunday


”I don’t know if she was a D-back fan, but I think she is

now,” Parra said.

Before Parra went to bat in the sixth inning against Eric, an

elderly woman in the front row shouted out a word of encouragement.

He went over and told her to touch his bat for good luck.

Parra also told her if he got a hit, she could keep the bat.

After he connected on a 2-1 fastball to give the Diamondbacks a 6-0

lead, he retrieved the bat from the bat boy and gave it to the


He said he looked for her before his last at-bat in the ninth

but she was gone.

Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero also homered to help Cahill

in his second career shutout and complete game. His other came with

Oakland on Aug. 2, 2010 in a 6-0 win against Kansas City when he

threw a three-hitter.

Arizona backed the sinkerballer with four double plays.

”Defense helped out a lot,” Cahill said. ”I got some ground

balls at guys. I tried to attack the zone because they have

aggressive all series, so I tried to take advantage of that.”

Cahill, born and raised in Vista about 40 miles north of San

Diego, won for the first time in six starts, striking out five and

walking three.

Manager Kirk Gibson applied a little more pressure, too. He

walked into the clubhouse after Saturday night’s game and

approached Cahill.

”I told him we needed him to go eight innings,” Gibson


”I was kind of caught off guard. It kind of scared me a little

bit. He was trying to see how I responded. I kind of went,


Cahill’s effort followed the outstanding eight-inning outing by

Daniel Hudson in Saturday night’s 4-2 win.

”We’re going great this time through the rotation,” Gibson

said. ”This is what we were looking for. We were wearing out our

bullpen. It’s time for them to be able to go deep in the


Goldschmidt hit a solo homer to extend his career-best hitting

streak to 12 games, during which he has hit four of his six home

runs. Montero and Parra each hit two-run homers and Arizona won for

the third time in four games to salvage a split of its six-game

road trip.

Goldschmidt’s homer to right field in the second inning barely

carried to the top of the scoreboard where it caromed into the

stands to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

Montero’s two-run blast to center capped a three-run sixth in

which San Diego’s sloppy play contributed to the first run. Parra

connected a after a leadoff walk in seventh.

San Diego, which has the majors’ worst record at 18-37, has lost

11 of 13.

Cahill faced the Padres for the second time in career. Acquired

from Oakland during the offseason, Cahill made his Diamondbacks

debut in San Diego on April 10. Even though he didn’t get the

decision in a 4-2, 11-inning win, he allowed just one run in six


The Padres squandered their best scoring chance after a leadoff

triple by Logan Forsythe in the fifth. With one out and Stults at

bat, Forsythe took off down the third-base line on what appeared to

be a squeeze.

But on a high fastball that was away and out of the strike zone,

Stults squared to bunt but he never made an attempt. Forsythe was

tagged out easily by Montero, the catcher.

”It was kind of up and away and I pulled back a little bit,”

Stults said. ”I’ve still got to make an effort at that. That was

on me.”

Stults (1-2) allowed all three home runs and gave up a

season-high six runs on seven hits over 6 1-3 innings. The lefty

struck out four and walked two.

NOTES: Cahill was 1-5 with a 4.69 ERA in his previous eight

starts. . San Diego CF Will Venable left the game in the third

inning after straining a right oblique muscle. . Padres LF Carlos

Quentin was out of the lineup for the first time since he made his

season debut on Monday and started all five games since coming off

the DL. Quentin, hitting .474 with three homers and seven RBIs, had

right knee surgery on March 19. . Diamondbacks RF Justin Upton was

back in the lineup after getting Saturday off following a 3-for-20

slump over the previous five games. … Arizona SS Stephen Drew,

out since July with a broken ankle, played all nine innings in

extended spring training game on Saturday, playing consecutive

games for the first time in his rehab. . LHP Joe Saunders (3-3,

3.61 ERA) opens Arizona’s three-game series at home Monday night

against Colorado and LHP Christian Friedrich (3-1, 5.59). . RHP

Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.42) will be on the mound Tuesday night when

the Padres host San Francisco and RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.82) in

the opener of a three-game set.