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D-Backs drop Padres for season-high fifth straight win

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PHOENIX -- Arizona manager A.J. Hinch is looking forward to checking out the NL West standings in the morning.

The Diamondbacks ended their one-month stay in the cellar with a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, wrapping up a three-game sweep.

Felipe Lopez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run rally in the eighth and Max Scherzer pitched seven sharp innings as the Diamondbacks won their season-high fifth straight game and vaulted the Padres into fourth place.

"Looking at the standings every day, to not be in last place is big and a breath of fresh air," Hinch said. "Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but to wake up tomorrow and be out of that is a nice feeling."

Arizona's winning streak is its longest since an eight-game streak in April 2008. But the Diamondbacks remain buried in the division and wild-card races.

"We want to be the first-place team," Scherzer said. "So, really, not being last, it doesn't mean too much."

Will Venable and Kevin Kouzmanoff each had RBI doubles for San Diego, which took over last place with its seventh loss in eight games.

Through seven innings, San Diego appeared on its way to salvaging the final game of the series. But the Diamondbacks stormed ahead in the eighth.

With Arizona down 2-1, Miguel Montero blooped a one-out single down the left-field line against Gary Burke (1-1), then took third on Gerardo Parra's single.

After San Diego manager Bud Black called on Mike Adams, Chad Tracy hit a smash to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who bobbled the ball. Gonzalez was charged with an error and Tracy credited with a tying RBI.

"We had a potential double-play ball that didn't happen," Black said.

One out later, Romero fouled off several pitches before singling to right field to score Parra with the go-ahead run.

"It wasn't scalded, but it was in the right place," Black said.

Lopez followed with a three-run shot to right field, his fifth, to clinch the victory for Clay Zavada (2-2), who pitched a scoreless eighth.

San Diego brought the tying run to the plate against Arizona closer Chad Qualls, who entered with a four-run lead. But Qualls struck out pinch-hitter Eliezer Alfonzo and got pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez on a flyball to leave the bases loaded and preserve the victory.

Scherzer went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out nine.

After losing his last two starts, Scherzer regained the command that he had displayed during a personal three-game win streak last month.

"I'm getting a lot better feel for my changeup," Scherzer said. "I really didn't even have to throw too many sliders today. I was able to go fastball-changeup and keep them off-balance."

Scherzer struck out four of the first five men he faced. But the Padres caught up with the fastballer in the fourth, scoring on doubles by Kouzmanoff and Venable to take a 2-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks cut the lead in half in the seventh on Chris Young's sacrifice fly to center.

Gaudin pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked four and struck out seven.

Gaudin left with two on and two outs in the seventh. Burke worked out of that jam, but the Padres' bullpen collapsed an inning later.

"It's just unfortunate that we couldn't hold onto it," Gaudin said. "Our bullpen's been good for us, but that's going to happen from time to time."

Notes

Arizona OF Conor Jackson has been out since May 12 with pneumonia, and manager A.J. Hinch said Jackson is not close to returning, although he's been doing some baseball activities. "He's inching along, not progressing as quickly as we'd like, but there's not much we can do," Hinch said. ... Arizona recalled LHP Doug Slaten to fill the roster spot that opened when the Diamondbacks traded Tony Pena to the Chicago White Sox. ... RHP Ryan Webb made his big league debut for San Diego, giving up a single to Stephen Drew and retiring All-Star Justin Upton on a fly ball.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

F. Lopez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

C. Gaudin
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 1
BB 4
K 7
 
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS3000110 .282
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3110110 .303
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000022 .256
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4121020 .240
Chase Headley, LF4000022 .239
Will Venable, RF3021100 .188
Luis Rodriguez, 2B3010111 .207
Jose Lobaton, C3000012 .000
   a- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1000013 .271
Chad Gaudin, P3000010 .048
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1000003 .183
Totals32262412  
a-struck out for Lobaton in the 9th
b-flied out for Webb in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Gwynn Jr. (7, Scherzer), Kevin Kouzmanoff (15, Scherzer), Will Venable 2 (5, Scherzer, Scherzer)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (43), Will Venable (4)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable (4)
CS - Everth Cabrera (1, 2nd base by Scherzer/Montero)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Adrian Gonzalez (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Chad Gaudin 6.2311470 5.03
Greg Burke (H,8; L,1-1) 0.2221100 3.70
Mike Adams (BS,1) 0.1230011 1.50
Ryan Webb 0.1100000 0.00
HBP - Drew (by Chad Gaudin)
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Gaudin 90-61, Greg Burke 18-8, Mike Adams 23-16, Ryan Webb 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Gaudin 7-6, Greg Burke 1-1, Mike Adams 1-0
Batters Faced - Chad Gaudin 28, Greg Burke 5, Mike Adams 4, Ryan Webb 2
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B3113200 .303
Stephen Drew, SS3010123 .252
Justin Upton, RF5000025 .291
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000011 .262
Miguel Montero, C4110000 .268
Gerardo Parra, LF3220100 .286
Chad Tracy, 1B3121100 .213
Chris Young, CF3001025 .196
Max Scherzer, P1000010 .250
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000001 .172
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Romero, PH1111000 .286
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3168658  
a-flied out for Scherzer in the 7th
b-singled for Zavada in the 8th
Batting
HR - Felipe Lopez (5, Adams)
SF - Chris Young (2)
SH - Max Scherzer (3)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 3 (22), Chad Tracy (22), Chris Young (22), Alex Romero (2)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez 3 (5), Alex Romero (1)
Team LOB - 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer 7422390 3.64
Clay Zavada (W,2-2) 1000010 1.77
Chad Qualls 1200120 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 108-64, Clay Zavada 14-10, Chad Qualls 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 6-5
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 27, Clay Zavada 3, Chad Qualls 6
Game Information
Attendance - 20791
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert