Final Score: San Diego 4, Arizona 1
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Kyle Blanks hit a go-ahead three-run homer in
the eighth inning as the San Diego Padres swept a three-game series against
the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-1 win.
With David Hernandez (2-4) pitching for the Diamondbacks, Everth Cabrera
singled to right with one out. After a flyout by Alexi Amarista, Chase
Headley drew a walk, setting up Blank's three-run smash.
"Being able to produce is big, and the fact that it was late makes it that
much better," Blanks said.
Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his 13th save.
Clayton Richard (2-5) pitched a season-high eight solid innings, allowing
one run on seven hits in his outing for the Padres, who are on a six-game
Ian Kennedy, who is appealing a 10-game suspension for hitting Zack Greinke
and starting a brawl against the Dodgers on Tuesday, got the start for
Arizona. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out six
in six-plus frames. He also drove in the lone run for the Diamondbacks, who
have lost six of their last eight games.
The Diamondbacks struck first in the third inning. Cliff Pennington doubled to
left, stole third base and scored on Kennedy's single to center.
However, Will Venable responded with a solo shot to begin the bottom of the
Both teams had opportunities to break the tie but neither were able to do so
until Blanks' homer. Arizona's best chance came in the sixth when Kennedy
singled to start the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt by Gerardo Parra,
Willie Bloomquist singled to right to put runners at the corners, but Paul
Goldschmidt grounded into a double play.
Street came in to pitch in the ninth. He allowed a two-out double by Miguel
Montero but got Cody Ross on a flyout to end the game.
"We couldn't come up with timely hits," Bloomquist said.
Richard had not pitched eight innings since August 25, 2012, against the
Diamondbacks ... San Diego has six sweeps this season, matching its total for
all of 2012 ... The Padres are 21-7 over their last 28 games at Petco Park.
06/16 21:28:17 ET
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