Padres 7, Diamondbacks 1

After languishing as one of baseball’s worst offensive teams for

the first two months of the season, the San Diego Padres have

suddenly turned it around.

After barely making a dent against Arizona rookie Wade Miley

through seven innings, the Padres erupted behind Jesus Guzman’s

two-run pinch-hit homer that ignited a six-run eighth in the

Padres’ 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Although the Padres were coming off a horrendous road 1-9 road

trip, including losing the final six, they continued their

offensive onslaught from the final three games against the Chicago

Cubs at hitter-friendly Wrigley Field.

Guzman’s shot broke a 1-all tie as San Diego sent 11 batters to

the plate off three pitchers.

”I tried to look for something up that I could hit for a

double,” Guzman said. ”It’s very difficult because you have to

make adjustments.”

Guzman connected on a 1-1 changeup off Miley (6-2) into the

left-field stands that started the offensive frenzy.

”I thought a changeup was a good pitch,” Miley said. ”I left

it up a little bit and he capitalized. He’s a good hitter.”

The Padres, a team that ranks at or near the bottom in most

major league offensive categories, have scored 23 runs on 38 hits

over their last four games.

”It’s nice to see a lot of guys make contributions,” Black

said. ”I like the way we added on there in the eighth.”

San Diego had managed just three hits off Miley heading into the

eighth before Alexi Amarista reached on a one-out bunt single that

brought up Guzman.

Said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson: ”He just made one

mistake. Give him (Miley) credit. The bunt to get on base. Now, you

have a situation. He hung a (changeup). After that it was

disappointing.”

Chris Denorfia singled after Guzman’s homer and David Hernandez

replaced Miley. Denorfia then scored on Cameron Maybin’s triple.

After a walk to Yonder Alonso, Carlos Quentin singled in a run.

The Padres loaded the bases and scored two more runs on Nick

Hundley’s sacrifice fly and an error.

Quentin, who played in just his fourth game this season since

returning from knee surgery, is 8 for 16 with three homers, seven

RBIs and four runs scored.

Miley allowed four runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings with four

strikeouts and no walks as his three-game winning streak was

stopped.

”I thought I located well,” Miley said. ”Just that one pitch

that got away.”

Andrew Cashner (3-3) pitched the eighth for San Diego, which has

the worst record in the majors at 18-35.

The Diamondbacks went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring

position.

Arizona got on the board in the third inning on Miguel Montero’s

RBI single that scored Aaron Hill.

San Diego evened the score at 1-all in the bottom of the inning

after Amarista lined a one-out triple into the left-field corner

and scored on Richard’s ground out.

Richard allowed one run on seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. The

lefty struck out three and walked one.

The benches and bullpens emptied briefly in the eighth inning

after Chris Young drew a two-out walk off Cashner on a high, inside

changeup.

Young apparently looked toward Cashner after he reached first

base. The two started walking toward each other and the benches and

bullpens emptied for about 30 seconds before the umpires directed

each team off the field.

”(Cashner) asked me what I was looking at,” Young said. ”I

was trying to pick up signs from Matty (third base coach Matt

Williams).”

Young attempted to steal second base and was thrown out by

Hundley.

Notes: Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best

hitting streak to 10 games. Goldschmidt is hitting .429 (15 for 35)

with two homers and six doubles. … Miley reached safely on an

infield single in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak

to eight games and set a club record for a pitcher. … Maybin

returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Saturday

when he sprained his right wrist. … Arizona LF Jason Kubel

returned on Friday after being placed on the paternity leave list

Wednesday. … Padres closer Huston Street began a rehab assignment

Friday night with Single-A Lake Elsinore. … Arizona RHP Daniel

Hudson (1-1, 5.48) will face San Diego RHP Edinson Volquez (2-5,

3.46) on Saturday night.