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D-Backs snap five-game skid, improve to 10-1 vs. Maddux

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PHOENIX -- After losing eight of their last 10 games before the All-Star break, the Arizona Diamondbacks needed a victory to start the second half of the season.

Given the circumstances, they couldn't have been happier to face San Diego's Greg Maddux.

Rookie Jeff Salazar had three hits and made a spectacular catch to rob Brian Giles of a home run as the Diamondbacks beat the Padres 8-3 on Friday night, improving to 10-1 all-time against Maddux.

And that doesn't include two victories over him in the 2001 NL Championship Series, when he pitched for Atlanta.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin said he can't explain his team's dominance of the future Hall of Famer.

"Same way I answer it every time: I don't know what to tell you there," Melvin said. "I hope it continues. He's one of the great pitchers of our time, and for some reason he hasn't had the success in this ballpark. We'll leave it at that."

Maddux, 10th on the all-time list with 340 victories, has a winning record against every other NL team.

San Diego manager Bud Black cited Maddux's struggles to throw the ball where he wanted to rather than any jinx against the Diamondbacks.

"Tonight I think his stuff was good, just missed location, and when you miss location, you're going to get hit no matter what ballpark you pitch in," Black said. "I think it was more a function of not hitting his spots than the ballpark or the ballclub."

Eric Byrnes had three hits and an RBI and Chad Tracy had two doubles for Arizona, which snapped a five-game losing streak and pulled within 2½ games of the first-place Padres in the NL West.

The highlight of the game came in the fifth, when Salazar scaled the fence in right field and pulled back what appeared to be a certain homer by Giles. The Diamondbacks led 4-2 at the time.

It was Salazar's 17th major league start, and his fourth with Arizona.

"A lot of times you go back there and the ball's 30 rows deep and it's just kind of a courtesy run," Salazar said. "I've tried hundreds of times in my career and come up empty a lot, and knocked (balls) over a couple of times. So that one hit the mitt and stuck. I had to check to make sure it was in there. It was a good feeling."

Salazar earned a standing ovation from the crowd of 30,981.

Arizona starter Doug Davis (6-10), who had surrendered a homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff two batters earlier, said he assumed Giles had hit it out.

"I pretty much was going for another ball," said Davis, who allowed two runs in six innings.

Kouzmanoff had a double, triple and homer, and Jose Cruz Jr. homered for the Padres, who have lost four of five.

The Diamondbacks offense had sputtered during a 2-8 road trip leading into the All-Star break. But that changed against Maddux (7-7), who gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings, his second-briefest start. He walked one and struck out one.

"I pitched halfway decent, then I'd make a bad pitch with two strikes and they got me," Maddux said. "So I felt good. This was the best I've felt. The balls weren't slick or anything. I just missed location and got hit."

Maddux retired the first two men he faced then gave up five straight hits, including RBI doubles to Tracy and Conor Jackson and a run-scoring single to Stephen Drew, as the Diamondbacks took a 3-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks added another run on Byrnes' two-out single in the fourth.

Meanwhile, Davis was cruising through the light-hitting Padres, who entered with an NL-worst .242 team batting average.

Davis, who had only one victory in his last six starts, retired the first seven men he faced before giving up a one-out triple to Kouzmanoff in the third.

In the fourth, Davis gave up an RBI single to Milton Bradley. San Diego loaded the bases with one out, but Davis got Michael Barrett to ground into an inning-ending double play.

In the fifth, Davis gave up Kouzmanoff's solo homer to the pool area in right field.

Davis allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, walking three and striking out two.

"I had full control of all my pitches," Davis said.

San Diego pulled within 4-3 on Cruz's solo homer to right field off Tony Pena in the seventh.

A two-run single by Chris Snyder and an RBI single by Tony Clark made it 7-3 in the seventh. Mark Reynolds added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Notes

  • With two doubles in three at-bats, Tracy is 7-for-14 lifetime against Maddux.
  • Cruz's was the first pinch-hit homer by the Padres this year.
 
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Doug Davis outpitches Greg Maddux to help the Diamondbacks end a five-game losing streak.  (AP)
Doug Davis outpitches Greg Maddux to help the Diamondbacks end a five-game losing streak. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

J. Salazar
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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b-homered for Brocail in the 7th
c-grounded out for Meredith in the 9th
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2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (14, Slaten)
3B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (2, Davis)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (8, Davis), Jose Cruz Jr. (6, Pena)
RBI - Milton Bradley (8), Kevin Kouzmanoff (38), Jose Cruz Jr. (21)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Cruz Jr. (9)
SB - Mike Cameron (10, 2nd base off Lyon/Snyder)
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PB - Michael Barrett (10)
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Greg Maddux (L,7-7) 4944110 4.35
Doug Brocail 2100120 2.87
Royce Ring 0.2122110 2.38
Cla Meredith 1.1421000 3.53
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Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 22, Doug Brocail 8, Royce Ring 4, Cla Meredith 8
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Eric Byrnes, LF5231010 .310
Chad Tracy, 3B-1B5121003 .267
Conor Jackson, 1B2211200 .268
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Jeff Salazar, RF4130002 .429
Chris Snyder, C3112102 .214
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    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
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2B - Chad Tracy 2 (17, Maddux, Maddux), Conor Jackson (15, Maddux), Jeff Salazar 2 (3, Brocail, Ring)
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RBI - Eric Byrnes (50), Chad Tracy (29), Conor Jackson (27), Mark Reynolds (24), Stephen Drew (30), Chris Snyder 2 (18), Tony Clark (25)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (13), Chad Tracy (14), Conor Jackson (11), Stephen Drew (15), Chris Snyder 2 (4), Tony Clark (12)
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Tony Pena (H,17) 1211011 2.31
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Batters Faced - Doug Davis 24, Tony Pena 5, Brandon Lyon 5, Doug Slaten 4
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Attendance - 30981
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - James Hoye