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Padres overtake D-Backs on Headley's three-run walk off

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SAN DIEGO -- When the Arizona Diamondbacks intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez ahead of him with two outs in the ninth, Chase Headley saw a chance for redemption.

Headley, who had struggled in the field and at the plate, hit a towering, three-run homer down the right-field line to lift the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"Base open, I knew they were coming to me, and that was I was hoping for all night, just another opportunity," Headley said. "Fortunately, I was able to come through. I hit that one pretty good. I had a pretty good idea what they were going to try to do to me. Fortunately, I was able to not miss it."

Batting left-handed, Headley homered on a 1-1 inside fastball from Juan Gutierrez (0-1) to set off a wild celebration at the plate.

With the Padres trailing 3-2, Nick Hundley opened the inning with a walk and was sacrificed by Jerry Hairston Jr. After Everth Cabrera struck out, David Eckstein doubled over left fielder Gerardo Parra's head to bring in Hundley with the tying run. Gonzalez was intentionally walked to bring up Headley. It was Gutierrez's first blown save in as many chances.

"That's one of those things, you see it off the bat and you know it's a no-doubter," said Kyle Blanks, who had two hits, an RBI, a run scored and two outfield assists.

"We tried to go fastball in. He got a pretty good swing on it," Gutierrez said.

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch wasn't happy that the Diamondbacks couldn't close it out.

"We had nine outs to keep them from scoring three runs and we had a difficulty throwing strikes," Hinch said. "Obviously, the leadoff walk in the last inning began the momentum for a bad inning, and they took it to us. That's another game in hand that I feel like we should have pulled out."

Heath Bell (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.

The Padres pulled to 3-2 in the eighth on Blanks' bases-loaded walk off Aaron Heilman before Scott Hairston fouled out to end the threat.

Starting in the third, the Padres retired the last 19 Diamondbacks, two with assists from Blanks, the left fielder. Blanks threw out Jackson trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth, then threw out Justin Upton trying to take second on an error by Headley, the third baseman.

"I'm not really sure when I had one of those," Blanks said about his two-assist night. "All the work I'm putting in the outfield, trying to do all the little things right, backing up on those plays, trying to cut balls off, it's nice to see all that kind of coming into the picture. All that work is finally starting to show in the field."

Said Headley: "It's just a testament to how he goes about his business. He's doing a tremendous job out there."

Arizona starter Edwin Jackson held San Diego to three hits in six scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out three.

San Diego's late rally got Jon Garland off the hook for what would have been his third straight loss to open the season. Garland issued three of his five walks during a three-run rally by the Diamondbacks in the third, and they all factored in the scoring.

Connor Jackson hit a leadoff single and Stephen Drew walked. With two outs, Kelly Johnson walked to load the bases and Garland walked Chris Young on four straight pitches to force in the first run. Parra singled to right to make it 3-0.

Garland allowed three runs and four hits in five innings, with two strikeouts.

San Diego got its first run in the seventh when Blanks hit a leadoff walk, advanced on Scott Hairston's fly to center and scored on Hundley's groundout.

The Padres loaded the bases against Heilman in the eighth when David Eckstein and Adrian Gonzalez singled with one out and Will Venable walked with two outs. Blanks drew a bases-loaded walk before third baseman Mark Reynolds caught Hairston's pop foul near the stands.

Reynolds made two great plays. He raced in to field Cabrera's bunt leading off the eighth and threw out the speedy runner. Reynolds' momentum left him sprawled near home. In the first, Reynolds made a diving stop of Eckstein's grounder and threw him out from his knees. Parra made a nice sliding catch of Venable's fly ball in the left-field corner.

Notes

  • Blanks was the first Padres outfielder with two assists in a game since RF Brian Giles also had two exactly four years earlier at Los Angeles.
  • Padres RHP Chris Young, on the disabled list with tightness in his right shoulder, played catch and said he felt fine. There's no timetable for his return.
  • The San Diego State women's basketball team was honored before the game for reaching the NCAA regionals. Jene Morris, taken by the Indiana Fever with the 11th overall pick in the WNBA draft, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
 
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Chase Headley lets the bat fly because he knows his hit just gave the Padres the walk-off win. (AP)
Chase Headley lets the bat fly because he knows his hit just gave the Padres the walk-off win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

E. Jackson
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 3
San Diego

D. Eckstein
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Conor Jackson, 1B3120100 .297
Stephen Drew, SS3100101 .289
Justin Upton, RF4000012 .244
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000013 .135
Kelly Johnson, 2B3100110 .321
Chris Young, CF3001120 .325
Gerardo Parra, LF4022000 .267
Chris Snyder, C3000112 .250
Edwin Jackson, P2000002 .333
   a- Tony Abreu, PH1000010 .286
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
Totals3034357  
a-struck out for Jackson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gerardo Parra (2, Garland)
RBI - Chris Young (15), Gerardo Parra 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (7), Gerardo Parra 2 (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-Jackson, Johnson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edwin Jackson 6300430 3.50
Bob Howry (H,1) 1111000 11.25
Aaron Heilman (H,3) 1211200 3.18
Juan Gutierrez (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2244211 7.71
IBB - Gonzalez by Juan Gutierrez
WP - Aaron Heilman (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 109-61, Bob Howry 16-10, Aaron Heilman 30-15, Juan Gutierrez 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 11-2, Bob Howry 1-2, Aaron Heilman 1-2, Juan Gutierrez 1-0
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Bob Howry 4, Aaron Heilman 7, Juan Gutierrez 6
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4000113 .209
David Eckstein, 2B5231000 .273
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3110211 .361
Chase Headley, 3B5123003 .381
Will Venable, RF3000103 .243
Kyle Blanks, LF3121110 .229
Scott Hairston, CF4000015 .167
Nick Hundley, C2101201 .227
Jon Garland, P0000100 .333
   a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH1000001 .120
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .000
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
   c- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH0000000 .192
Totals3168684  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Garland in the 5th
b-lined out for Mujica in the 7th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Bell in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Eckstein (3, Gutierrez), Kyle Blanks (3, Howry)
HR - Chase Headley (1, Gutierrez)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2)
RBI - David Eckstein (1), Chase Headley 3 (5), Kyle Blanks (7), Nick Hundley (3)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (1), Chase Headley 3 (4), Kyle Blanks (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kyle Blanks 2
E - Chase Headley (4, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Jon Garland 5433520 5.40
Edward Mujica 2000030 1.23
Adam Russell 1000020 0.00
Heath Bell (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
WP - Jon Garland (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 96-53, Edward Mujica 27-18, Adam Russell 10-8, Heath Bell 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-7, Edward Mujica 2-1, Adam Russell 1-0, Heath Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 23, Edward Mujica 6, Adam Russell 3, Heath Bell 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26632
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Todd Tichenor