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.
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