Final Score: San Diego 5, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Robbie Erlin sparkled in his return from the
minors by pitching six solid innings and the San Diego Padres got home runs
from Will Venable and Jesus Guzman in a 5-1 victory over the Arizona
Erlin (2-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson and made his fifth major
league start, allowed six hits and a run to help the Padres avoid a three-game
sweep. The left-hander was taking the spot of the recently released Edinson
"I thought his hand speed, his arm speed was as good as I've seen it. His
fastball had some life," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Robbie was able to
carry his fastball all night long. He threw 30 pitches in the sixth inning and
I thought that was enough. He was throwing the ball great."
Guzman had three hits and Venable knocked in three runs, as the Padres bounced
back from a heart-breaking 10-9 loss in 10 innings Tuesday night.
Wade Miley (9-9) allowed seven hits and a pair of runs over seven innings.
Willie Bloomquist, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to
the game, went 3-for-4 and drove in the only run for the Diamondbacks.
Arizona remained six games behind Cincinnati for the second wild card spot.
Chris Denorfia singled to start the game and Venable followed with an RBI
double to center. With two outs, Guzman singled to right field to drive in a
San Diego nearly scored a third run in the first. Logan Forsythe singled to
center, but A.J. Pollock threw a perfect strike to catcher Wil Nieves and
Guzman was out at home.
Bloomquist singled in Eric Chavez in the sixth, and Arizona threatened in
the seventh. With runners on first and second with one out, Tim Stauffer
retired Adam Eaton and Martin Prado to keep the Padres in front.
Venable homered to right with Denorfia aboard in the eighth. Guzman went deep
to left-center later in the frame, also off Heath Bell.
"He threw a pitch down and in to Venable. They're hacking. They swing early in
the count," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said of Bell.
San Diego leads the season series, 9-6 ... To make room on the roster for
Erlin, San Diego optioned right-hander Brad Boxberger to Tucson ... Padres
outfielder Carlos Quentin will miss the remainder of the season to have
surgery on his right knee ... Bloomquist had been on the DL since July 2 with
a left hand contusion. To make room for Bloomquist, Arizona optioned
pitcher David Holmberg to Double-A Mobile.
08/29 00:51:57 ET
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