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Diamondbacks Bring Out Bats Early, Blank Padres 5-0

After a roller coaster of a 10-game East Coast road trip, the Arizona Diamondbacks opened their homestand by taking advantage of three early San Diego Padres errors to coast to a 5-0 win. The victory keeps them three games ahead of the second place San Francisco Giants, who beat the Houston Astros. With 30 games left in the regular season, Arizona continues to show that they are not going to go away. 

In the first inning, two Arizona runs scored on throwing errors by San Diego catcher Nick Hundley. The first happened when Willie Bloomquist stole third base while Ryan Roberts struck out. Hundley's throw ricocheted off of Roberts' bat and never got to third base, allowing Bloomquist to score. 

Justin Upton then doubled, scored on a single by Chris Young, and then the next error sequence occurred. Paul Goldschmidt singled and, while Aaron Hill was at the plate, Young and Goldschmidt each tried to steal. Hundley's throw got away and Young scored, with Goldschmidt moving to third. Hill then doubled to make it 4-0. 

In the second inning, another run scored when Chris Young reached on an error by San Diego third baseman Logan Forsythe

Pitcher Josh Collmenter started strongly, but had to leave the game in the sixth inning after two men got on and his pitch count was up over 100 pitches. Brad Zeigler got the last two outs without allowing a run and then Micah Owings, Brian Shaw and Joe Paterson pitched the final three frames to complete the shutout. 

Collmenter got the win, evening his record to 8-8 on the season. San Diego's Wade LeBlanc took the loss, pitching four innings, falling to 2-3.