Final Score: San Diego 5, Arizona 4
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Edinson Volquez settled down after giving up
two early runs and tossed seven quality innings, as the Padres completed a
three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 5-4 victory at Chase Field.
Volquez (9-9) allowed four hits and two walks and did not yield a run after
the first inning as San Diego won its seventh straight for the first time
since an eight-game win streak in April 2010.
Yonder Alonso had two of the Padres' 11 hits and drove in a run, while Yasmani
Grandal recorded a single, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in the win.
Trevor Cahill took the hill for Arizona several hours after scheduled starter
Joe Saunders was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles. Cahill (9-11), still pitching
on four days' rest, was tagged for four runs on eight hits and three walks in
just 3 2/3 innings.
Aaron Hill pulled the Diamondbacks within 5-4 with a two-run homer in the
eighth, but the comeback came up short as the club fell to 2-5 on a 10-game
The Padres scored all of their runs with two outs, and it was a two-out rally
in the third that broke a 2-2 tie. Grandal was plunked by a 1-2 sinker, moved
into scoring position on an Alonso base hit and scored on Mark Kotsay's line
drive single to right.
Volquez hit a base hit to lead off the next inning and eventually scored for a
4-2 lead when Carlos Quentin doubled down the left-field line.
Volquez retired seven in a row before putting the first runners on in the
sixth, then got out of the jam thanks to Miguel Montero lining out sharply to
left and Justin Upton getting doubled off second.
Alexi Amarista's RBI double in the seventh provided a much-needed insurance
run because Hill took reliever Brad Brach over the left-field wall for a two-
run homer in the eighth. Gerardo Parra singled leading off the frame.
Upton tried keeping the momentum in Arizona's favor but was robbed of a hit
when Everth Cabrera made a diving stop to his right and threw to first to nab
Upton by a step.
""That's a huge play, a momentum-changer," Padres manager Bud Black said.
The defensive gem proved pivotal, as the Diamondbacks put two runners in
scoring position later in the inning, only to have Luke Gregerson strike out
Chris Johnson on three pitches.
Gregerson stayed on for the ninth and set down the side in order to notch his
first save since 2010.
Each team had a pair of two-out, run-scoring singles in the first inning.
Grandal and Alonso both drove in runs for San Diego, while Montero and Chris
Young answered with RBI hits in the bottom half.
"All the runs they scored were with two outs. You have to think you can put
them away," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
San Diego's starters have posted a 1.88 ERA during their seven-game winning
streak ... San Diego also earned a three-game sweep in Arizona in early July
and leads the season series, 8-4 ... Cabrera was the only player in the
Padres' starting lineup who did not record a hit ... J.J. Putz hurled a
perfect ninth for Arizona. Both he and Gregerson have not allowed a run in
their last 22 appearances ... Cahill went winless in five August starts ...
The Diamondbacks acquired reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Orioles in exchange
08/27 01:09:20 ET
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