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Padres snap four-game slide with win over Diamondbacks

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- Woody Williams gave the San Diego Padres the pitching performance they needed.

Williams won his second straight start and Dave Roberts had three RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Friday night to stop a four-game losing streak.

"That was a clutch performance by Woody," said Mike Cameron, who hit a two-run homer. "But that's what we've come to expect from him. He is a veteran guy who knows how to win."

Williams (6-4) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked two. Cla Meredith and Scott Williamson followed with hitless relief.

After getting swept at home in a four-game series against San Francisco, the Padres pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles.

"It was big, no doubt about it," said Williams, who turns 40 on Saturday. "We had to do something positive. The guys came out to play today. The attitude and the environment were really good today. I think everyone realized that it couldn't get any worse than the last four days."

San Diego moved into a tie with Arizona for second place in the NL West, and both clubs also pulled within one game of Cincinnati, the NL wild-card leader. The Padres won for the third time in 11 games and are 13-21 since the All-Star break, when they led the division by two games.

"It's great to be resilient and bounce back after a tough series against the Giants," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's huge for the ballclub."

Conor Jackson had two hits for Arizona, including a two-out homer in the sixth.

Enrique Gonzalez (3-5) gave up five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, dropping to 0-3 in six starts since beating Los Angeles on July 17. It was his longest outing since then.

"I left too many pitches up and missed the plate," Gonzalez said.

Todd Walker's bases-loaded walk and Geoff Blum's two-run single put San Diego ahead 3-0 in the first. The Diamondbacks have been outscored 119-57 in the first inning.

"He didn't have as good of command in the first as it was later," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

Blum started in place of Khalil Greene at shortstop. Green, who recently missed six games with a sprained middle finger on his left hand, is still bothered by the injury.

Cameron hit a homered off Brandon Medders to cap a three-run seventh inning that put San Diego ahead 6-1. Roberts had an RBI single in the inning.

Chris Young, making his major league debut for Arizona, singled in the eighth for his first major league hit and scored on a bloop single by Stephen Drew. Roberts added a two-run single in the eighth off Jorge Julio.

Notes

  • The popular Bochy received rare boos when he took out Williams.
  • Meredith, who got the final out of the eighth, has not allowed a run in his last 16 appearances and 18 innings.
 
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San Diego

W. Williams
IP 7.2
H 4
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4011010 .310
Conor Jackson, 1B3121101 .283
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000102 .282
Shawn Green, RF3000111 .284
Chad Tracy, 3B4000023 .277
Johnny Estrada, C4000021 .301
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000010 .281
Chris Young, CF3110000 .333
Enrique Gonzalez, P2000000 .320
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .218
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
Totals30242378 
a-grounded out for Medders in the 8th
Batting
HR - Conor Jackson (11, Williams)
RBI - Stephen Drew (14), Conor Jackson (59)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (8), Conor Jackson (24)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez (L,3-5) 6.1655310 5.14
Brandon Medders 0.2111101 3.67
Jorge Julio 1222120 4.02
HBP - Cameron (by Enrique Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 103-59, Brandon Medders 17-9, Jorge Julio 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 7-10, Brandon Medders 1-1, Jorge Julio 1-0
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 28, Brandon Medders 4, Jorge Julio 6
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF5123011 .307
Mike Cameron, CF4222011 .265
Brian Giles, RF2110201 .271
Mike Piazza, C4000004 .283
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3100101 .294
Todd Walker, 3B2001100 .278
    Mark Bellhorn, 3B0100100 .190
Geoff Blum, SS4022011 .247
Josh Barfield, 2B4220003 .283
Woody Williams, P2000000 .143
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
   a- Rob Bowen, PH-C1000000 .257
Totals318985312 
a-grounded out for Meredith in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron (25, En. Gonzalez)
HR - Mike Cameron (18, Medders)
SH - Woody Williams (6)
RBI - Dave Roberts 3 (34), Mike Cameron 2 (57), Todd Walker (42), Geoff Blum 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Dave Roberts 2 (12), Todd Walker (11), Geoff Blum 2 (8)
SB - Mike Cameron (19, 2nd base off En. Gonzalez/Estrada)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez
PB - Rob Bowen (3)
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (W,6-4) 7.2422241 3.67
Cla Meredith 0.1000000 1.08
Scott Williamson 1000130 5.21
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 95-68, Cla Meredith 5-3, Scott Williamson 24-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 8-10, Cla Meredith 1-0
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 28, Cla Meredith 1, Scott Williamson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35196
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Larry Young, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Mike Everitt