Diamondbacks Give Up Three Home Runs And Fall To Padres 8-2

Takashi Saito gives up back-to-back home runs in D-backs 8-2 loss to Padres.

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Diamondbacks Get Hammered And Lose Series To Padres

After the Diamondbacks exploded for four home runs last night, the San Diego Padres slammed three of their own today, as they downed the Diamondbacks 8-2 this afternoon. With the win, the Padres take the series 2-1, and have now beaten the Diamondbacks for the tenth time in 15 games this season. The Padres have been playing well as of late, and are 14-6 in their last 20 games. The Diamondbacks end their ten game road series with a 5-5 record, and have now lost their 25th series of the season.

The Padres scored first when Carlos Quentin led off the second inning with his 21st double down the left field line. Jesus Guzman was walked, and that was followed by another double by Cameron Maybin. Maybins' double scored Quentin, and a sacrifice fly by Andy Parrino scored Guzman later in the inning, giving the Padres an early 2-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks manufactured a run in the top of the third to close within one. Adam Eaton doubled to left, followed by an Aaron Hill walk. The Diamondbacks executed a double steal with Jason Kubel at bat, and when Kubel grounded out to first, Eaton scored.

Padres starter Andrew Werner held the Diamondbacks to just that one run, after pitching 6.1 innings on the day. He gave up four hits, three walks, and struck out six Diamondback hitters, while getting his second win in his fourth major league outing.

Patrick Corbin gave up one more run in the sixth inning, a lead-off homer by Chris Denorfia, before getting replaced by Matt Albers. Corbin lasted 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

The game was still within reach until the Padres exploded for five unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. After two walks and an error extended the inning, Chase Headley ripped a grand slam over the right field wall for his 27th home run of the season. The Padres hit back-to-back home runs off reliever Takashi Saito when Carlos Quentin nailed his 16th home run over the left field wall, and the Padres lead grew to 8-1.

The Diamondbacks scored one meaningless run in the ninth inning. After Miguel Montero singled and Chris Johnson walked, Gerardo Parra grounded out to second, scoring Montero from third. The Diamondbacks left 20 runners on base during the game, and are now 20-52 in games where their opponent scores first.

The Diamondbacks have dropped four consecutive games with Patrick Corbin on the mound, and now sit three games under .500. The Diamondbacks sit at 5-5 as they are in the midst of playing 25 consecutive games against National League West rivals. They will have a day off before heading home for an eight game home stand at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks will play two games against the Dodgers, then three against the Giants, and finish with three more games against the Padres.

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Diamondbacks (69-71) Vs. Padres (65-75): Pregame Notes And Starting Lineups

Being 5½ games out of the playoffs with just 22 games remaining, the Arizona Diamondbacks need to win every series possible. Today, they have an opportunity to win their series against the San Diego Padres, after snapping a seven game losing streak against the Friars last night. After going 2-8 in their most recent home stand, the Diamondbacks are 5-4 on this road trip, hoping to end it today with another win. Left-hander Patrick Corbin will get the start for the Diamondbacks, while lefty Andrew Werner will start for the Padres.

Corbin did not figure in his last outing, a 9-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants September 3. He threw five innings, and after allowing four runs in the first, he retired 13 of the final 16 batters he faced. The last win Corbin recorded was on August 18, when he helped the Diamondbacks beat the Astros 12-4. Corbin, who is in his third stint with the Diamondbacks this season, is 5-6 with a 4.13 ERA in 12 big league starts. Corbin will be making his first start at Petco Field against the Padres today.

Werner is making only his fourth major league start of his career, after being called up and making his MLB debut August 22. In his last outing, Werner did not figure in the decision after pitching six innings, and allowing only two runs on five hits, while striking out eight. Werner has pitched six innings in each of his previous three outings, and has given up a home run in each game. He has 17 strikeouts in his total of 18 innings pitched, and is 1-1, with a 3.00 ERA in his three career starts.

The Diamondbacks will get Monday off after this series and then begin an eight game home stand, with two games against the Dodgers, three against the Giants, and three more against the Padres. The Diamondbacks are 27-17 in series finale games this season, and are hoping to win their 17th overall series this year.

Here are the rest of today's starting lineups:

Padres:

Chris Denorfia (RF)

Logan Forsythe (2B)

Chase Headley (3B)

Carlos Quentin (LF)

Jesus Gusman (1B)

Cameron Maybin (CF)

Andy Parrino (SS)

John Baker (C)

Andrew Werner (P, 1-1, 3.00 ERA)

Diamondbacks:

Adam Eaton (CF)

Aaron Hill (2B)

Jason Kubel (LF)

Paul Goldschmidt (1B)

Justin Upton (RF)

Miguel Montero (C)

Chris Johnson (3B)

John McDonald (SS)

Patrick Corbin (P, 5-6 4.13 ERA)

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