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But any worries disappeared when Dunn hit his National League-leading 33rd home run, powering the Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
"It's a good feeling to have," Dunn said. "Probably opening day and the opening day of deer season are about the only times I get butterflies."
Conor Jackson had two hits and two RBI for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of five and six of eight.
Arizona starter Doug Davis (5-7) scattered seven hits over six innings for his first win since July 29, and his second victory in his past nine starts. Tony Pena recorded the final two outs for his second save -- and first since May 16 -- in five chances.
"I ended up getting strike one more often tonight and was able to make them hit my pitch," said Davis, who has recorded three of five wins against the NL West.
Adrian Gonzalez had four hits and two RBI for the Padres, who have lost five of seven.
Dunn, acquired by Arizona from the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 11, made it 6-2 with a towering two-run homer in the fourth on a pitch Padres starter Josh Banks said he "tried to bounce." Dunn tied Philadelphia's Ryan Howard for the NL lead and moved within two homers of Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox for the major league lead.
"I knew it was going to come and my homers come in bunches," Dunn said.
San Diego made things interesting in the ninth against Diamondbacks closer Brandon Lyon, who has struggled in non-save situations over the past month.
Trailing 7-3 entering the inning, Edgar Gonzalez doubled, Brian Giles drew a one-out walk and Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to right to load the bases. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sinking line drive to center, scoring his brother and Giles to pull the Padres within 7-5.
Chase Headley then singled to right to make it 7-6.
"I don't think he's a guy who needs the emotional lift or adrenaline rush of a save situation," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said of Lyon, who allowed three runs to raise his ERA to 4.60. "He's just being a little bit fine with the fastball."
Lyon, pitching for the first time in nearly a week, gave way to Pena, who threw out Adrian Gonzalez at home on a fielder's choice and retired Nick Hundley on a fly ball to center to end the game.
"We put a nice finish on it," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Every hit in the ninth inning is big but we couldn't get that really big one at the end."
Banks (3-6) struggled with his control from the opening batter and Arizona capitalized.
Banks walked Augie Ojeda and Chris Young to start the game and Jackson blooped an RBI single to right. Banks walked Dunn to reload the bases for Mark Reynolds, who hit a sacrifice fly.
Chad Tracy was intentionally walked and Chris Snyder hit a run-scoring single to make it 3-0. Chris Burke lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right to score Dunn for a 4-0 lead before Banks struck out Davis to end the inning.
"The team going out there and scoring four runs made it a lot easier to go out and throw strikes," Davis said.
The Padres cut the lead to 4-2 on an RBI single by Tadahito Iguchi and a sacrifice fly by Sean Kazmar.
Banks allowed six runs, four hits and a season-worst seven walks with three strikeouts over four innings. In his last two starts, Banks has walked 13 and allowed 13 runs in 8 1/3 innings.
"I know I'm letting the team down," Banks said. "That's just not how I pitch. I'm not the most dominating pitcher but usually I can keep my team in the game."
Gerut singled home Adrian Gonzalez in the eighth to pull San Diego within 6-3. Jackson added a run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning, his second RBI of the game, to make it 7-3.
|Adam Dunn's first homer as a Diamondback in Phoenix receives kudos from Chris Young. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Scott Hairston, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.252|
|Brian Giles, RF||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.290|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.280|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||2||4||2||0||0||1||.283|
|Chase Headley, LF||4||1||2||1||1||2||3||.268|
|Nick Hundley, C||3||0||1||0||2||1||3||.202|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.244|
|Brett Tomko, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jody Gerut, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.298|
|Luis Rodriguez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Sean Kazmar, SS||2||0||0||1||0||1||1||.143|
|b- Brian Myrow, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.105|
|Brian Falkenborg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Banks, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.136|
|Justin Hampson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Edgar Gonzalez, 2B||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.279|
|a-singled for Tomko in the 8th|
|b-flied out for Kazmar in the 8th|
|2B - Edgar Gonzalez (13, Lyon)|
|SF - Sean Kazmar (1)|
|RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (91), Chase Headley (22), Tadahito Iguchi (23), Jody Gerut (37), Sean Kazmar (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jody Gerut (16)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Brian Giles (4, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Josh Banks (L,3-6)||4||4||6||6||7||3||1||4.81|
|IBB - Tracy by Josh Banks, Dunn by Brett Tomko|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Banks 87-45, Justin Hampson 31-20, Brett Tomko 17-8, Brian Falkenborg 24-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Banks 4-5, Justin Hampson 1-1, Brett Tomko 1-4, Brian Falkenborg 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Banks 23, Justin Hampson 6, Brett Tomko 6, Brian Falkenborg 6|
|Augie Ojeda, SS||4||2||2||0||1||1||0||.259|
|Chris Young, CF||3||2||1||0||2||0||2||.240|
|Conor Jackson, LF||5||1||2||2||0||0||3||.303|
|Adam Dunn, RF||3||2||1||2||2||1||3||.237|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||2||4||.245|
|Chad Tracy, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.276|
|Chris Snyder, C||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.249|
|Chris Burke, 2B||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.199|
|Doug Davis, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||5||.100|
|Chad Qualls, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Salazar, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.198|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Rauch in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Young (36, Banks)|
|HR - Adam Dunn (33, Banks)|
|SF - Mark Reynolds (4), Chris Burke (3)|
|RBI - Conor Jackson 2 (63), Adam Dunn 2 (79), Mark Reynolds (83), Chris Snyder (55), Chris Burke (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (30)|
|SB - Chris Young (10, 2nd base off Banks/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Ojeda-Burke-Tracy, Ojeda-Burke-Tracy|
|E - Augie Ojeda (3, Throwing)|
|Doug Davis (W,5-7)||6||7||2||2||2||6||0||4.68|
|Tony Pena (S,2)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.31|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 100-58, Chad Qualls 9-6, Jon Rauch 23-17, Brandon Lyon 26-14, Tony Pena 4-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 7-4, Chad Qualls 2-0, Tony Pena 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 26, Chad Qualls 3, Jon Rauch 6, Brandon Lyon 6, Tony Pena 2|
|Attendance - 24739|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione|