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All-Star hopeful Reynolds wins game for D-Backs in ninth

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' victory Monday night turned out just as Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds scripted it.

Reynolds singled home Upton with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Diamondbacks rallied to edge the San Diego Padres 6-5.

"We discussed it a little bit before my at-bat in case he came up and it just worked out for us," said Upton, who went 1 for 3 with two runs and three RBI.

Upton drew a two-out walk from Cla Meredith (4-2) and stole second base before Reynolds lined a single into the left-field corner.

"He told me that he was going to steal if I got a ball," Reynolds said. "I got a ball and he stole second. That's what we planned in the dugout. It's pretty cool."

It was a script Meredith had hoped to avoid.

"You don't want to let one guy in the lineup beat you and right now, Upton's that guy," Meredith said. "Rather than staying hard and going after him, I lost my aggressiveness trying to throw him off-speed stuff, fell behind, he walked and the rest is history."

 Miller: Black, Padres talking extension

Jon Rauch (1-0) pitched the ninth for the Diamondbacks, who have won three in a row for the first time since May 20 through 23.

"Three in a row feels good," Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said. "We've put together a decent momentum stretch. It wasn't always easy, but we found a way to hang in there."

Tony Gwynn Jr. went 4 for 5 with a stolen base and a run scored for the Padres, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Kevin Kouzmanoff snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a double off the left-field wall that scored Gwynn from second. Everth Cabrera made it 5-3 in the eighth as he walked, stole second, then stole third and scored when catcher Miguel Montero's throw sailed past Reynolds into left field.

Arizona cut the deficit to 5-4 in the eighth when Montero doubled and scored on Gerardo Parra's single to center. Luke Gregerson, activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier Monday, retired Tony Clark on a double-play grounder before Chad Tracy hit his third career pinch-hit homer over the right-field fence.

"I was looking for a fastball middle and he gave me a fastball middle," said Tracy, who homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list with a strained right oblique. "Pinch hitting is the hardest game in baseball, no doubt about it."

Upton gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead in the first off Walter Silva with a sacrifice fly. San Diego scored two in the second on four singles, an error and a wild pitch.

Upton made it 3-2 in the bottom of the third with a two-run homer off the batters' eye above the center-field fence. Adrian Gonzalez tied it when his RBI single scored Cabrera, who had led off with a walk.

San Diego manager Bud Black also credited Upton with saving at least three runs on defense with a pair of running, backhand catches in the right-center field gap.

"What you saw were speed plays with Upton," Black said. "If those balls fall, we still have guys on base, we get extra bases, not an out's made and who knows what happens?"

Jon Garland, winless in nine starts since May 19, yielded three runs on eight hits over six innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

Silva lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Notes

  • The crowd of 17,528 was the second-lowest in franchise history.
  • Garland is 0-2 with three no-decisions and a 3.06 ERA in his last five starts.
  • Before the game, the Padres placed infielder David Eckstein on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and activated Gregerson from the 15-day disabled list. Eckstein pulled up lame running out a grounder in the 12th inning of San Diego's 7-6 loss Sunday to Los Angeles in 13 innings.
  • Gregerson had been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
  • San Diego also recalled RHP Mike Ekstrom, who threw 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and optioned LHP Joe Thatcher to Portland.
  • RHP Ryan Webb, acquired by the Padres from Oakland on Sunday in a four-player trade, reported to the team and was in the bullpen Monday.
 
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Mark Reynolds makes his case for an All-Star berth by driving in the winning run with a walk-off hit.  (AP)
Mark Reynolds makes his case for an All-Star berth by driving in the winning run with a walk-off hit. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

T. Gwynn
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS3200213 .286
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF5130000 .304
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4011111 .263
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5011004 .230
Chase Headley, LF5130003 .238
Will Venable, RF5010005 .159
Eliezer Alfonzo, C5121023 .279
Luis Rodriguez, 2B3010111 .204
Walter Silva, P2010012 .375
    Mike Ekstrom, P0000000 .000
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
   a- Kyle Blanks, PH1000000 .176
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Cla Meredith, P0000000 .000
Totals38513346  
a-flied out for G. Burke in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kouzmanoff (12, Gutierrez), Chase Headley (11, Garland)
SH - Mike Ekstrom (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (52), Kevin Kouzmanoff (42), Eliezer Alfonzo (3)
2-OUT RBI - Eliezer Alfonzo (3)
SB - Everth Cabrera 2 (6, 2nd base off Gutierrez/Montero, off Gutierrez/Montero), Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, 2nd base off Schoeneweis/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Cabrera-Gonzalez, Rodriguez-Cabrera-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Cabrera
San Diego Padres
Walter Silva 3.1733111 8.76
Mike Ekstrom 2.2100100 0.00
Greg Burke (H,7) 1100110 3.42
Luke Gregerson (BS,5) 1322001 3.57
Cla Meredith (L,4-2) 0.2111100 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Walter Silva 54-34, Mike Ekstrom 23-11, Greg Burke 22-12, Luke Gregerson 18-11, Cla Meredith 21-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Walter Silva 3-5, Mike Ekstrom 3-4, Greg Burke 2-0, Luke Gregerson 2-0
Batters Faced - Walter Silva 17, Mike Ekstrom 9, Greg Burke 5, Luke Gregerson 5, Cla Meredith 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5130003 .305
Stephen Drew, SS4010100 .250
Justin Upton, RF3213112 .300
Mark Reynolds, 3B4011103 .269
Miguel Montero, C4120002 .263
Gerardo Parra, LF-CF4031000 .275
Tony Clark, 1B4000003 .175
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
Chris Young, CF2000110 .196
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH-1B1111000 .206
Jon Garland, P2110003 .063
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Alex Romero, LF2000000 .250
Totals35613642  
a-homered for Vasquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (11, Gregerson)
HR - Justin Upton (15, Silva), Chad Tracy (5, Gregerson)
SF - Justin Upton (2)
RBI - Justin Upton 3 (48), Mark Reynolds (62), Gerardo Parra (26), Chad Tracy (20)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton 2 (17), Mark Reynolds (30), Chad Tracy (4)
SB - Justin Upton (11, 2nd base off Meredith/Alfonzo), Mark Reynolds (14, 2nd base off Ekstrom/Alfonzo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Drew-Tracy
E - Miguel Montero (7, Throwing), Justin Upton (7, Missed catch of throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Jon Garland 6833240 4.80
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1111000 4.50
Juan Gutierrez 1.1311220 4.54
Esmerling Vasquez 0.1000000 4.88
Jon Rauch (W,1-0) 1100000 4.30
WP - Jon Garland (2), Juan Gutierrez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 105-65, Scott Schoeneweis 7-5, Juan Gutierrez 37-20, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Jon Rauch 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-7, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Jon Rauch 2-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 28, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Juan Gutierrez 9, Esmerling Vasquez 1, Jon Rauch 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17528
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Rob Drake