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Drew hits inside-the-park home run, Haren dominates for D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Stephen Drew's inside-the-park home run came on a bounce so bizarre it might never be duplicated. Dan Haren's performance, on the other hand, was routinely excellent.

The Arizona ace held San Diego to three hits in seven innings and the Diamondbacks took advantage of two Padres errors for a 6-3 victory on Monday.

Drew hit the ball in just the right spot -- off an outfield overhang -- for the second successive opening day inside-the-park home run for major league baseball, a year after Emilio Bonifacio hit one for the Florida Marlins.

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, the only earned runs among the six given up by San Diego starter Jon Garland (0-1).

Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks hit back-to-back two-out home runs off Bob Howry in the ninth for San Diego.

Haren (1-0) allowed one run and struck out four without a walk in the second opening day start of his career, first in three seasons with Arizona. He threw 20 of 24 first-pitch strikes and had a three-ball count against only one batter.

"I just really attacked the zone," he said. "I was throwing first-pitch strikes, I was going right at guys."

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said Haren is as good as anyone in the game.

"His name should be mentioned up there with the likes of Roy Halladay and [C.C.] Sabathia, those guys that are perennial award winners," Hinch said. "He hasn't got a ton of attention."

Haren retired 19 of the first 20 batters he faced, including 15 before Gonzalez doubled with one out in the seventh. Chase Headley's two-out RBI single ended the shutout.

"We couldn't really get anything going against him," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He threw strikes, he got ahead of us and made pitches. We didn't have a lot of good swings against him and he pitched really well."

Garland, in his first opening day start, gave up five hits in four innings, walking two and striking out four. A starter for Arizona last season before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he is 4-7 at Chase Field.

Garland said the errors added pressure, "but it's part of the game."

"It's something you have to live with and battle on," he said. "I still had a chance to get us out of those innings and I couldn't make the pitch when it counted."

Drew's was the sixth inside-the-park home run in the franchise's 13-year history and the fifth by any player at Chase Field.

"It was just a good bounce for me," he said. "It's unexpected, you don't think about it, then you see it do that and nobody's near the ball, you've got a chance to score. It's pretty neat."

With two outs in the fourth, he hit Garland's 2-2 pitch high and deep. The ball caromed off the balcony over the right-center wall and far away from Padres' center fielder Tony Gwynn. By the time the left fielder Blanks chased down the ball and threw it to the infield, Drew was halfway between third and home.

"You would think it would have hit the outside part of the overhang, but it didn't," Gwynn said. "It must have hit a pole on the inside and just kicked to the left. Really, there's no defense for it once it kicks off like that, especially a guy that can run like Steve can."

Haren scored ahead of him from first after reaching on the third baseman Headley's error.

The Diamondbacks got two unearned runs in the first. Drew singled, then Justin Upton hit what should have been an ideal double-play bouncer just to the left of second base. But shortstop Everth Cabrera bobbled the ball and both runners were safe. Reynolds walked to load the bases, then Miguel Montero lined a two-run single to right.

In the third, Upton singled with one out, then Adam LaRoche struck out swinging for the second time. That brought up Reynolds who, coming off a 44-home run season, hit the first pitch high and into the left field seats.

Matt Stairs appeared as a pinch hitter for the Padres in the eighth inning to appear for his 12th team, tying the major league record for a non-pitcher held by Deacon McGuire.

Notes

  • Recently retired Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw out the first pitch.
  • The last inside-the-park homer for Arizona was by Kelly Stinnett on Aug. 29, 2005 at San Diego. The last one at Chase Field was by the Cubs' Derrek Lee on Aug. 26, 2007.
  • The game was announced as a sellout of 49,192, although there was a smattering of empty seats in the upper deck.
  • Haren started last season 0-3 but with a 1.89 ERA.
 
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Justin Upton greets Stephen Drew after Drew notches Arizona's sixth inside-the-park homer in its history.  (AP)
Justin Upton greets Stephen Drew after Drew notches Arizona's sixth inside-the-park homer in its history. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4000010 .000
David Eckstein, 2B4000000 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4221010 .500
Kyle Blanks, LF4111001 .250
Chase Headley, 3B4021000 .500
Will Venable, RF3000002 .000
Nick Hundley, C3000011 .000
Everth Cabrera, SS3000020 .000
Jon Garland, P1000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   a- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000010 .000
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .000
    Sean Gallagher, P0000000 .000
Totals3235306  
a-struck out for Mujica in the 6th
b-flied out for Stauffer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (1, Haren), Chase Headley (1, Haren)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (1, Howry), Kyle Blanks (1, Howry)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (1), Kyle Blanks (1), Chase Headley (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (1), Kyle Blanks (1), Chase Headley (1)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - Everth Cabrera (1, Misplayed grounder), Chase Headley (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Jon Garland (L,0-1) 4562242 4.50
Edward Mujica 1100010 0.00
Tim Stauffer 2200120 0.00
Sean Gallagher 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 85-50, Edward Mujica 17-9, Tim Stauffer 33-21, Sean Gallagher 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-5, Tim Stauffer 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 21, Edward Mujica 4, Tim Stauffer 8, Sean Gallagher 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Conor Jackson, LF4010001 .250
Stephen Drew, SS4222011 .500
Justin Upton, RF4220000 .500
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000024 .000
Mark Reynolds, 3B2112210 .500
Miguel Montero, C3022101 .667
Chris Young, CF4000014 .000
Kelly Johnson, 2B4000000 .000
Dan Haren, P3100020 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Gerardo Parra, PH1000010 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals3368638  
a-struck out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
HR - Stephen Drew (1, Garland), Mark Reynolds (1, Garland)
RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (2), Mark Reynolds 2 (2), Miguel Montero 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew 2 (2), Mark Reynolds 2 (2), Miguel Montero 2 (2)
SB - Justin Upton (1, 2nd base off Stauffer/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (W,1-0) 7311040 1.29
Aaron Heilman 1000020 0.00
Bob Howry 1222002 18.00
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 92-63, Aaron Heilman 13-10, Bob Howry 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 10-7
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Aaron Heilman 3, Bob Howry 5
Game Information
Attendance - 49192
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Paul Nauert