D-backs win 7-4, hand Padres sixth straight loss
PHOENIX (AP) — Miguel Montero drove in the go-ahead runs with a ground-rule double, Gerardo Parra made two critical defensive plays and hit a two-run single, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat San Diego 7-4 Tuesday night to hand the NL West-leading Padres their sixth straight loss.
The Padres led 3-2 to start the fifth inning. Parra stole a hit from Miguel Tejada with a diving catch near the right-field foul line, then ended the inning by bringing in a deep fly ball from Adrian Gonzalez at the wall.
In the bottom half, the Diamondbacks batted around. San Diego’s failure to turn a double play on Rusty Ryal’s sharp grounder to third put runners at the corners with one out. After a walk, Chris Young tied the game with an RBI single.
Montero’s double into the left-field corner followed, and after an intentional walk to load the bases, Parra delivered with his bat. The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the fifth and chased Kevin Correia (10-10) en route to their fifth victory in six games.
Arizona’s defense shined in the sixth as well. Second baseman Kelly Johnson fielded a pair of hard grounders that he turned into outs. The second of those brought Padres manager Bud Black out of the dugout to argue first base umpire Mike Everitt’s out call on batter Chris Denorfia. Black was ejected.
Mark Reynolds hit his third home run in two nights, a two-run shot in the second inning that tied it at 2.
Ian Kennedy (9-9) allowed three runs in seven innings for the win and Juan Gutierrez got three outs for his fifth save.
The Padres opened the scoring on a double by Gonzalez followed by Ryan Ludwick’s RBI single in the first inning. San Diego took the lead on Nick Hundley’s RBI double in the fourth.
Hundley got his opportunity because regular catcher Yorvit Torrealba was scratched from the lineup with back stiffness, and drove in two runs with three doubles.
Notes: Diamondbacks regulars Justin Upton and Adam LaRoche weren’t in the lineup, but both were available to pinch-hit. Upton is dealing with left shoulder irritation from a swing in his last at-bat Monday, and LaRoche lobbied manger Kirk Gibson to play but was denied because of a sore right knee. Both are expected to play Wednesday. … RHP Kris Benson had a setback in his rehabilitation from a right shoulder injury and will be shut down for the rest of the season. He remains on the 60-day disabled list. Padres pitching prospect Cory Luebke will be recalled from Triple-A Portland to start Friday and make his major league debut against Colorado.
Updated August 31, 2010