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Padres take over wild-card lead, snap two-game skid

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PHOENIX -- Chris Young's road dominance was just what San Diego needed to break a small losing skid.

The San Diego right-hander allowed three hits over seven innings and Mike Piazza and Geoff Blum each homered to help the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 Tuesday to snap a two-game losing streak.

With the Cincinnati Reds losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 in 16 innings later in the evening, the Padres moved into the NL wild-card lead. They lead the Reds by a half-game.

Young, who skipped his last start after straining his right shoulder against Arizona on Aug. 20, gave up two runs -- one earned -- to lower his NL-leading road ERA to 2.51. He struck out 11, walked nine and hit a batter. The three hits were the only balls to reach the outfield against him.

"Mechanically I felt good," Young said. "Everything was in sync. I made my share of mistakes but it was one of those nights where the mistakes were fouled off."

Young (10-5) is 6-0 in 12 road starts this season and 9-0 with 12 no-decisions over his last 21 starts away from home dating back to June 25, 2005.

Padres manager Bruce Bochy was impressed after watching Young throw 75 of his 110 pitches for strikes.

"We were looking for him to be a little rusty but clearly he wasn't," Bochy said. "He was as sharp as he's been all year. He had good stuff, good location and had all of his pitches working. It was something we needed and he came through for us."

Josh Barfield and Russell Branyan added RBI singles for the Padres, who had lost three of their last four.

Orlando Hudson hit his career-best 13th home run and had two of the three hits off Young for Arizona, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

Young retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, a run that ended with Hudson's homer into the second row of the right-field stands leading off the fourth to cut San Diego's lead to 2-1.

Conor Jackson had Arizona's other hit against the 6-foot-10 right-hander, a sharp single to left leading off the fifth inning.

"It's like Shaq out there," Jackson said. "He's a pretty tall guy and he's got a weird arm angle. He's only throwing 88 or 90 but it looks like about 95, 96."

Piazza made it 4-1 in the top of the fifth, following a single by Todd Walker with a line drive over the right-field fence off Enrique Gonzalez (3-6) for his 19th homer of the season.

The Diamondbacks pulled within 4-2 when Hudson singled, went to third when the ball bounced off Brian Giles' glove into the right-field corner and scored on Luis Gonzalez's hard chopper deep to the second-base hole.

"That 90 mph fastball is a lot harder, coming from a big downhill angle and with a big curveball and a good changeup," Hudson said. "He mixed it up tonight and keeping that fastball chest-high makes it kinda hard to lay off of."

Blum gave San Diego a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh with a high drive that just cleared the right-field fence for his third homer.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second when Mike Cameron reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Barfield's single to left. Branyan made it 2-0 in the third when he singled to right to score Giles, who had drawn a one-out walk.

Enrique Gonzalez lasted five innings, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

"He got through the first but he was behind a lot," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "When you're behind a lot it ends up catching up with you."

Notes

  • Dave Roberts tripled in the eighth to set a career high and move within two of Tony Gwynn's franchise record set in 1987.
  • Young's unbeaten streak on the road is the longest in the majors since Greg Maddux was undefeated in 22 straight road starts in 1997 and 1998.
  • Enrique Gonzalez is 0-4 with four no decisions in his last eight starts. He's lasted five innings or less in seven of his 17 starts.
  • The Ahwatukee Little League All-Stars, who reached pool play in the Little League World Series, were honored before the game.
 
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Geoff Blum hears it from Mike Cameron after Blum's three-run blast in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Geoff Blum hears it from Mike Cameron after Blum's three-run blast in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

G. Blum
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

C. Young
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 11
 

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Todd Walker, 1B4221002 .283
Mike Piazza, C5122012 .281
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Chris Young, P2000013 .140
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a-struck out for C. Young in the 8th
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2B - Mike Cameron (28, En. Gonzalez)
3B - Dave Roberts (11, Pena)
HR - Mike Piazza (19, En. Gonzalez), Geoff Blum (3, Cruz)
SF - Todd Walker (5)
SH - Chris Young (6)
RBI - Todd Walker (46), Mike Piazza 2 (56), Russell Branyan (31), Geoff Blum 3 (26), Josh Barfield (47)
2-OUT RBI - Russell Branyan (14), Geoff Blum 3 (15), Josh Barfield (16)
SB - Josh Barfield (18, 2nd base off Cruz/Estrada)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Geoff Blum (3, ), Brian Giles (6, )
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,10-5) 73210111 3.66
Cla Meredith 1100010 0.94
Alan Embree 1211000 3.52
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Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 110-75, Cla Meredith 15-11, Alan Embree 16-12
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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS4000011 .270
Orlando Hudson, 2B4221001 .290
Luis Gonzalez, LF3001010 .278
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Eric Byrnes, CF4010030 .280
Johnny Estrada, C4001010 .305
Conor Jackson, 1B4010011 .280
Chad Tracy, 3B4000032 .278
Carlos Quentin, RF2000021 .233
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    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
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a-doubled for Gonzalez in the 9th
b-grounded out for En. Gonzalez in the 5th
c-singled for Pena in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (2, Embree)
HR - Orlando Hudson (13, C. Young)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (62), Luis Gonzalez (64), Johnny Estrada (65)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Jackson-Counsell
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez (L,3-6) 51044121 5.42
Juan Cruz 2233231 4.42
Tony Pena 1111110 4.43
Luis Vizcaino 1100010 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 88-53, Juan Cruz 41-24, Tony Pena 15-7, Luis Vizcaino 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 6-6, Juan Cruz 1-2, Tony Pena 1-1, Luis Vizcaino 1-1
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 25, Juan Cruz 10, Tony Pena 5, Luis Vizcaino 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21551
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Dale Scott