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Arizona at San Diego

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Diamondbacks 6, Padres 0

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Javier Vazquez and the Arizona Diamondbacks intend to stick around a bit in baseball's weakest division.

Vazquez was brilliant again, pitching eight sharp innings while getting two hits and scoring a run as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 6-0 Thursday night.

The Diamondbacks pulled within 4½ games of the NL West-leading Padres. By winning the opener of a four-game series, Arizona improved to three games under .500. San Diego is the division's only team with a winning record, 48-42.

"It was a game we had to win," manager Bob Melvin said. "For them, it really wasn't the same case."

Vazquez, who beat the Padres for the second time this season at Petco Park, agreed.

"This whole series is important," Vazquez said. "If we want to stay in the race, we have to compete with the Padres. It's good to start winning the second half."

Shawn Green had three hits for the Diamondbacks.

Vazquez came within three outs of his fourth complete game this season, shutting down the Padres on four singles and one walk. Vazquez (8-8) allowed only one baserunner to reach third base, struck out four and snapped his four-game losing streak.

He also beat the Padres 5-2 at Petco on May 1, when he threw a six-hitter. He pitched a complete game in his previous start on July 6, holding St. Louis' powerhouse offense to a season-low three hits, but lost 2-1.

"He pitched similar to the way he did last time here in this park," Melvin said. "At night the ball doesn't carry very well and Javy knows where he's throwing the ball. Almost mirror games."

Vazquez retired his last 10 batters. Armando Almanza finished the five-hitter.

After throwing 106 pitches, Vazquez didn't push to pitch the ninth.

"It's good to throw complete games, but you also have to be wise," he said. "They always ask me how I feel. If I feel good or strong, I go out there. But today, in the eighth inning I felt a little tired, so maybe it was the right decision."

The Diamondbacks jumped on erratic right-hander Brian Lawrence (5-9), who lost his third straight start. Lawrence trailed 4-0 after three innings and tied the club record by hitting three batters with pitches.

"Their guy pitched well. He's been tough on us," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He threw a great game tonight and Brian was a little off. They got some early runs and we couldn't do anything."

With one out in the first, Lawrence plunked Chad Tracy and Luis Gonzalez in succession. Tracy scored on Green's bloop single to center that fell just in front of a diving Dave Roberts.

Lawrence hit Alex Cintron leading off the second, got consecutive strikeouts and then walked Craig Counsell before allowing Tracy's two-run double into the right-field corner.

Green doubled into the corner in right leading off the third and scored on Chris Snyder's two-out chopper that went for an infield single to make it 4-0.

"A couple of walks, a couple of hit batters did us in," Lawrence said. "Nothing went my way. It was one of those days. I'm a control pitcher and I didn't have it today."

With Dennys Reyes pitching, Vazquez singled to center leading off the sixth and scored on Gonzalez's groundout.

The Diamondbacks took a 6-0 lead in the seventh when Cintron scored an unearned run on Robert Fick's error on Counsell's grounder. Gonzalez struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Lawrence went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Notes

It was Lawrence's shortest start since April 24, when he lasted just 2 1/3 innings at Arizona. ... The Padres expect 2B Mark Loretta and 1B Phil Nevin to be activated from the disabled list next week. Loretta, out since jamming his left thumb on a headfirst slide into first base on May 17 against Atlanta, is due to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Portland on Friday. He's expected to be activated on Tuesday, the day he's eligible to come off the 60-day DL. He had surgery on May 24. Nevin, out since June 21 with a strained stomach muscle, is due to begin a rehab assignment Saturday, also with Portland. Manager Bruce Bochy said there's a good chance Nevin will also be activated Tuesday, when the Padres open a three-game series at the New York Mets.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

J. Vazquez
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4100213 .269
Chad Tracy, 1B4122111 .307
Luis Gonzalez, LF3001103 .280
Troy Glaus, 3B4000114 .253
Shawn Green, RF5131002 .287
Jose Cruz Jr., CF3000124 .212
    Luis Terrero, PR-CF1010000 .244
Alex Cintron, SS4210003 .286
Chris Snyder, C4011112 .230
Javier Vazquez, P4120023 .278
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1010000 .214
    Armando Almanza, P0000000 .000
Totals3761157825 
a-singled for Vazquez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (19, Lawrence), Shawn Green (22, Lawrence)
RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (36), Luis Gonzalez (52), Shawn Green (50), Chris Snyder (19)
2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy 2 (12), Shawn Green (21), Chris Snyder (11)
SB - Craig Counsell (12, 2nd base off Reyes/Hernandez)
PK - Luis Terrero (1, Reyes)
Team LOB - 14
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (W,8-8) 8400140 4.25
Armando Almanza 1100110 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 106-73, Armando Almanza 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 8-11
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Armando Almanza 5
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, CF4010012 .276
Damian Jackson, 2B3010112 .293
Brian Giles, RF4010001 .295
Ryan Klesko, LF4000013 .266
Robert Fick, 1B-C4000012 .304
Ramon Hernandez, C3000000 .273
    Paul Quantrill, P0000000 .000
   a- Ben Johnson, PH1000002 .167
Sean Burroughs, 3B3020000 .260
Khalil Greene, SS3000011 .256
Brian Lawrence, P1000001 .088
   b- Geoff Blum, PH0000100 .239
    Dennys Reyes, P0000000 .200
    Xavier Nady, 1B1000000 .263
Totals310502514 
a-flied out for Quantrill in the 9th
b-walked for Lawrence in the 5th
Batting
SB - Sean Burroughs (4, 2nd base off Vazquez/Snyder)
CS - Damian Jackson (2, 2nd base by Vazquez/Snyder)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Fick
E - Robert Fick (3, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Brian Lawrence (L,5-9) 5744250 4.27
Dennys Reyes 2221510 4.78
Paul Quantrill 2200020 5.45
HBP - Tracy (by Brian Lawrence), Gonzalez (by Brian Lawrence), Cintron (by Brian Lawrence)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Lawrence 90-53, Dennys Reyes 57-28, Paul Quantrill 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Lawrence 5-4, Dennys Reyes 5-0, Paul Quantrill 3-1
Batters Faced - Brian Lawrence 26, Dennys Reyes 13, Paul Quantrill 8
Game Information
Attendance - 38322
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Angel A. Hernandez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Lance Barksdale