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Diamondbacks Clinch Another Series With Win Over Padres

Chris Young's latest bobblehead doll, for the record, looks a lot more like him then the first one. And he likes it.

A good chunk of, but not all of the 35,603 fans who attended Saturday night's Diamondbacks-Padres game got to hold those bobbleheads up in celebration of two things -- a two-run home run that was the key hit of the night and another, yup, another D-backs victory.

Arizona defeated San Diego 3-1 and has won two of the first three games of the series with the last-place Padres, and five straight games overall.

Justin Upton can drop an easy can of corn in right field and a defiant Padres fan can snatch a foul ball away from Upton  in right-field foul territory, both of which happened Saturday, and still the Snakes can find another way to win.

The Diamondbacks (74-59) maintained their lead in the NL West to at three game over the San Francisco Giants, who won their game. Yet the beat keeps going on in Phoenix and the story of Kirk Gibson's bunch keeps getting better.

Joe Saunders, his ERA the highest this month then in any other this season, pitched a shutout through almost seven innings. He was the victim of Upton's gaffe that allowed the Padres to score their only run, on a two-out single by Will Venable.

Reliever David Hernandez has a deep bruise on his ankle that was hit with a batted ball up the middle, Gibson said.

The Diamondbacks went up 2-0 on Young's 19th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth. They tacked on a third run on Paul Goldschmidt's double, an infield hit for Young and a bad pickoff throw from the Padres' Aaron Harang that allowed Goldschmidt to trot home. 

Willie Bloomquist and Miguel Montero had two hits each for Arizona, and Montero shined on defense once again, picking off a runner at first base.