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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, May 26th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (23-28) at Arizona Diamondbacks (20-32), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Tyson Ross (5-4, 2.64) Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (1-6, 4.67)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres are scheduled to play their next six games on the road, starting with Monday's opener of a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The Padres earned a split of a four-game series versus the Chicago Cubs with Sunday's 4-3 win thanks to a four-run sixth inning. Carlos Quentin and Jedd Gyorko had RBI hits during the frame and starting pitcher Ian Kennedy picked up the win with six innings of one-run ball.

Kennedy struck out six batters, walked two and permitted just two hits.

"Kennedy was great tonight, he had to work out of a jam in the second inning and his pitch count got a little elevated, but he was good," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He deserved this one because we haven't given him a lot of runs."

Huston Street worked around Starlin Castro's two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to post his 14th save.

San Diego will visit the Chicago White Sox on this trip and hopes Tyson Ross can keep the club in the win column when he toes the rubber Monday. Ross is 5-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 10 starts and was 3-0 in four outings until last Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Minnesota. He pitched well, allowing only a run and three hits in seven innings.

Ross has allowed only one earned run in each of his last four trips to the mound and is 1-1 in five games (4 starts) lifetime against Arizona.

Arizona was going for a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Sunday, but dropped a 4-2 decision in the second portion of a doubleheader.

Zeke Spruill started for the Diamondbacks and allowed three runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. Martin Prado had an RBI and scored a run for Arizona, which won the opener of the twinbill, 2-1, and were outhit by a 13-5 margin to close out the set.

"We're in a funk. We're not swinging the bats well at all. We didn't really give ourselves much of a chance," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

The D'backs will start a seven-game homestand versus the Padres and Cincinnati Reds Monday, and look to give starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy some run support versus the Friars. McCarthy is 1-6 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 starts and has recorded consecutive no-decisions, including last Wednesday's 3-2 loss at St. Louis in which he tossed six innings of one-run ball.

McCarthy has held opponents to just a run in his last two appearances and is 0-3 in five home outings this season. The right-hander has fared well in his career against San Diego, going 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts.

Arizona won two of three games at San Diego earlier this month at Petco Park.

05/26 10:24:12 ET