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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres will take any victory these days, even if they have to work extra to get it.

David Eckstein singled in the winning run with one out in the 10th inning and San Diego beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Thursday.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin was fired after the team fell to a disappointing 12-17 this season. Arizona entered Thursday 8½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

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The Diamondbacks said they will announce Melvin's replacement at a Chase Field news conference on Friday afternoon, before they meet Washington in the opener of a six-game homestand.

It was the second time in three games the Padres won in 10 innings, and only their fourth victory in 17 games.

"It's really big for this club," Eckstein said. "Hopefully one day we'll win a game where it's not as close and as much pressure, but that seems like the only way we know how to win right now.

"This club has showed a lot of heart, especially in the tough times that we've been going through. We've just got to keep pushing forward."

Eckstein, who entered the game for defensive purposes in the top of the inning, lined a shot just past first baseman Josh Whitesell to bring in Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Kouzmanoff started the winning rally with a one-out double to left-center off Esmerling Vasquez (0-1), his third consecutive hit. Nick Hundley and Chris Burke, who was with Arizona last year, walked to load the bases and bring up Eckstein.

"You enjoy being in that role," Eckstein said. "I was very disappointed last night not coming through in that situation. So having the opportunity to make up for it was nice. I was just trying to put the ball in play and luckily found a hole."

Eckstein came up with runners on second and third and one out in the fifth Wednesday night, but flied to right and watched as Henry Blanco was thrown out at home by Justin Upton to end the inning. San Diego lost 3-1.

Cla Meredith (4-0) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the victory Thursday.

San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but the threat ended when Whitesell made a leaping grab of Brian Giles' line drive.

Upton doubled and singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Right-hander Dan Haren had a hand in the Diamondbacks taking a 2-0 lead in the third. Attempting to sacrifice with Chris Snyder on first, the two-time All-Star bunted foul and took a called strike before hitting an RBI double down the left-field line. Haren advanced on shortstop Chris Burke's error and scored on Felipe Lopez's sacrifice fly.

San Diego tied it with two in the fifth when four consecutive batters reached with two outs, including Edgar Gonzalez and Scott Hairston with back-to-back RBI singles. San Diego right-hander Chris Young drew a two-out walk to start the rally.

"I was cruising along, pitch-count wise," Haren said. "Then I really had to work hard in the fifth and sixth inning. I started getting a little tired."

Eric Byrnes hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead before the Padres tied it again when Nick Hundley doubled in Kouzmanoff.

Haren, who had won three consecutive starts, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. His ERA went from 1.47 to 1.84, fourth-best in the majors.

"It looked like he hit a little bit of a wall," Melvin said.

"We scored some runs early and we had our ace on the mound," Melvin said. "We just didn't respond after they scored a couple of runs."

Young also went six innings, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out six and walking four.

"We spotted them a lead, but C.Y. hung in there and our guys fought back," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It was a great comeback against an All-Star pitcher, and the bullpen did a nice job with four scoreless innings."

Notes

San Diego closer Heath Bell hasn't allowed a run in 11 2/3 innings in 11 appearances this season. He pitched a perfect ninth to keep the game tied at 3. ... Arizona's Mark Reynolds struck out four times. ... Black said he's encouraged about OF Cliff Floyd, who's working his way back from shoulder and knee injuries. Black said Floyd, on the disabled list since opening day, will accompany the Padres on their six-game trip to Houston and Cincinnati and continue to rehab and work on his hitting. Floyd will DH and pinch hit in minor league games if he continues to make progress.

 
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San Diego

C. Young
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 4
K 6
Arizona

D. Haren
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 2
K 4
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B3001110 .303
Augie Ojeda, SS3000100 .305
Justin Upton, RF4120110 .294
Mark Reynolds, 3B5000045 .255
Josh Whitesell, 1B4000104 .000
Conor Jackson, LF3010110 .191
Eric Byrnes, CF3001011 .139
Chris Snyder, C3110110 .204
Dan Haren, P3111013 .176
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1000000 .221
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
Totals32353610  
a-grounded out for Schoeneweis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (5, C. Young), Conor Jackson (4, C. Young), Dan Haren (2, C. Young)
SF - Felipe Lopez (1), Eric Byrnes (2)
SH - Augie Ojeda (2)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (7), Eric Byrnes (7), Dan Haren (3)
SB - Justin Upton (2, 3rd base off C. Young/Hundley)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Ojeda-Whitesell
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren 6833240 1.84
Juan Gutierrez 1.2200020 2.70
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1000100 2.16
Esmerling Vasquez (L,0-1) 1.1311220 3.68
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 94-57, Juan Gutierrez 24-16, Scott Schoeneweis 9-3, Esmerling Vasquez 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 4-10, Juan Gutierrez 1-2, Esmerling Vasquez 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 28, Juan Gutierrez 7, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Esmerling Vasquez 8
San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF5110007 .164
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B5011022 .189
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Scott Hairston, LF5021000 .348
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5010023 .308
Jody Gerut, CF5010021 .221
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5230001 .239
Nick Hundley, C4021102 .254
Chris Burke, SS4010113 .190
Chris Young, P1100112 .214
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH0000100 .231
    Edwin Moreno, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Headley, PH0000100 .253
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    David Eckstein, 2B1011000 .257
Totals40413458  
a-walked for C. Young in the 6th
b-walked for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (5, Vasquez), Nick Hundley (4, Haren), Chris Burke (2, Haren)
RBI - Edgar Gonzalez (5), Scott Hairston (16), Nick Hundley (8), David Eckstein (7)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Gonzalez (1), Scott Hairston (10)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Chris Burke (2, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Chris Young 6533460 4.76
Edwin Moreno 0.1000200 4.70
Luke Gregerson 1.2000020 4.50
Heath Bell 1000010 0.00
Cla Meredith (W,4-0) 1000010 3.72
IBB - Snyder by Chris Young
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 98-60, Edwin Moreno 12-4, Luke Gregerson 22-15, Heath Bell 16-10, Cla Meredith 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 2-10, Edwin Moreno 1-0, Luke Gregerson 1-2, Heath Bell 2-0, Cla Meredith 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Young 27, Edwin Moreno 3, Luke Gregerson 5, Heath Bell 3, Cla Meredith 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18921
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Joe West