D-backs Vs. Padres: Arizona Looks To Avoid Seventh Straight Loss To San Diego

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #37 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Miami Marlins during game one of the MLB double header at Chase Field on August 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Riding high after taking two-of-three games against San Francisco, Arizona is looking to continue its recent hot streak and stop a seven-game skid to San Diego.

Sitting on the outside fringe of a possible playoff berth, the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to stop a seven-game losing streak to the San Diego Padres when the two teams start a three-game series tonight at 10:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m PT in Petco Park.

The Padres (64-74, 33-33 home) have swept the Diamondbacks (68-70, 35-36 away) their last two series, outscoring them 42-20. The last time Arizona defeated San Diego was June 3. But with hopes of a playoff berth reinvigorated after winning two out of three games against the NL West leading San Francisco Giants, that's a streak the Diamondbacks are looking to put an end to tonight.

On the mound, San Diego will start Andrew Cashner (3-3, 3.44 ERA), while Arizona will go with Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 2.60 ERA). Cashner is making his first start since July 3, when he strained a right lat muscle. The 21-year-old Skaggs is making just his fourth ever major league start.

Arizona is 9.5 games back in the NL West and 6.5 games back in the wildcard. San Diego, meanwhile, is 13.5 games back and 10.5 games back, respectively.

For more on the Diamondbacks, head over to AZ Snake Pit. For all things Padres, check out Gaslamp Ball.

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