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Kennedy strikes out 12, D-Backs pummel Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Stephen Drew made Petco Park play like a bandbox, which in turn helped Ian Kennedy dominate the San Diego Padres.

Drew finished a torrid series by hitting a three-run home run and an RBI double while Kennedy struck out a career-high 12 in a combined four-hitter as the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NL West-leading Padres 11-5 on Thursday.

Drew was 7 for 14 in the three-game series, with three homers, four doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. The Diamondbacks avoided a sweep by winning in San Diego for the first time in nine games this year, and 10 dating to last year.

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On Wednesday night, Drew hit two homers and two doubles. He had a double on Tuesday night.

"It was just one of those two games," Drew said. "It was pretty neat. This park obviously has played big. It's still going to play big. It's just one of those things that's meant to happen. I saw the ball yesterday really good and I saw the ball good today. I've been here before where it seems like I've hit balls and had nothing for it."

Arizona did most of its damage against Kevin Correia (10-9), who allowed nine runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Correia retired Arizona's first two batters in the second before allowing Parra's single and a walk to Kennedy. Drew hit Correia's next pitch onto the top of an advertising sign on the right-field wall for a 4-0 lead. It was his 11th.

Correia "couldn't string his pitches together," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The big blow was from a guy that's been on fire. He's the last guy we wanted to see at the plate. In that situation, he delivered, just like he did last night."

Drew hit two solo homers Wednesday night.

"Stephen's been smoking the ball lately, even leading up to this series, where he was getting out but still hitting the ball pretty well," Kennedy said. "The last two games he's been pretty hot. He's one guy you don't want to face.

"He made it look like a hitter's park this series. You can't really tell it's a pitcher's park with him up, the last two games, especially."

The early lead helped Kennedy settle down.

"He pitched great," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't have his good command early. When we got four runs, he turned into a different pitcher. If you get the lead in this park, you've got to pound the zone. He did a really good job of it and started relaxing."

Coming off a start in which he allowed a career-high 10 hits in five innings, Kennedy (8-9) one-hit the Padres through seven shutout innings. After allowing Will Venable's single to right-center with two outs in the fourth, Kennedy retired his final 10 batters, five by strikeout. He walked two in the first inning but struck out the side.

Kennedy's previous strikeout high was nine, set in a 13-1 win again San Francisco on May 19.

"Our team scoring a lot of runs early on, you just pound the strike zone and just let them get themselves out," Kennedy said. "The offense came through and it makes it easier on yourself. When you have that lead early on, you just really want to try get ahead of guys and try not to even come back."

The Padres trailed 11-0 going into the eighth before being spared their worst loss of the season. Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam off reliever Sam Demel and a run that scored on catcher Miguel Montero's error during a rundown.

Gonzalez's fourth career grand slam also was his 157th homer as a Padre, moving him out of a tie with Phil Nevin and into sole possession of second place on the team's all-time list.

San Diego's lead in the NL West dipped to six games over the idle San Francisco Giants.

Mark Reynolds added a two-run homer, his 28th, as Arizona had 16 hits. Chris Young also drove in four runs, including a bases-clearing double in the fourth. Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra each had three hits.

The Diamondbacks added five more in the fourth, all with one out. Drew hit an RBI double that bounced over the center-field fence, Upton had an RBI single and Kelly Johnson walked to load the bases and chase Correia. Tim Stauffer came on and allowed Young's bases-clearing double to left-center.

With Adam LaRoche aboard on a leadoff double in the seventh, Reynolds homered to center off Stauffer.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks reached double digits for the first time in 23 games.
  • Padres' six-game home winning streak was snapped. They had won 14 of 17 at home coming in.
  • By scoring in the eighth, the Padres were able to keep their NL-low shutout total at six.
  • Padres CF Chris Denorfia was helped off the field after sliding into second base on pinch-hitter Matt Stairs' groundout.
 
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Ian Kennedy retires the Padres in dominant fashion by striking out 12 to deliver the best performance of his career. (AP)
Ian Kennedy retires the Padres in dominant fashion by striking out 12 to deliver the best performance of his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

S. Drew
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Drew, SS5224020 .267
Justin Upton, RF5231010 .271
Kelly Johnson, 2B4110122 .277
Chris Young, CF4024001 .268
    Rusty Ryal, 1B1010000 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4110022 .269
    Ryan Church, LF1000011 .188
Mark Reynolds, 3B5112022 .211
Miguel Montero, C5020011 .287
Gerardo Parra, LF-CF4230000 .245
Ian Kennedy, P3200112 .156
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
Totals41111611212  
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (26, Correia), Justin Upton (24, Correia), Kelly Johnson (32, Stauffer), Chris Young (32, Stauffer), Adam LaRoche (28, Stauffer), Miguel Montero (13, Stauffer), Gerardo Parra (13, Stauffer)
HR - Stephen Drew (11, Correia), Mark Reynolds (28, Stauffer)
RBI - Stephen Drew 4 (47), Justin Upton (65), Chris Young 4 (78), Mark Reynolds 2 (73)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew 3 (18), Chris Young (32)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Drew-LaRoche
E - Miguel Montero (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ian Kennedy (W,8-9) 71002120 4.22
Sam Demel 0.1354201 5.65
Esmerling Vasquez 0.2000010 4.21
Aaron Heilman 1000100 3.79
HBP - Eckstein (by Ian Kennedy)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 105-62, Sam Demel 38-21, Esmerling Vasquez 11-6, Aaron Heilman 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-4, Sam Demel 2-0, Aaron Heilman 2-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Sam Demel 7, Esmerling Vasquez 2, Aaron Heilman 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David Eckstein, 2B3100101 .282
Miguel Tejada, 3B-SS3100112 .273
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3114120 .299
Ryan Ludwick, RF2000022 .268
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-LF1000110 .217
Will Venable, LF-RF4010033 .238
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS2000001 .249
    Chase Headley, 3B2000001 .277
Chris Denorfia, CF3110110 .286
    Wade LeBlanc, PR0000000 .302
Nick Hundley, C4110011 .237
Kevin Correia, P1000010 .143
    Tim Stauffer, P1000010 .125
   b- Luis Durango, PH1000000 .375
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .200
Totals31544513  
a-struck out for Ludwick in the 7th
b-grounded out for Stauffer in the 8th
c-grounded out for Thatcher in the 9th
Batting
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (27, Demel)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 4 (86)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Denorfia-Hairston-Hundley-Eckstein
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia (L,10-9) 3.1999241 5.29
Tim Stauffer 4.2622061 1.40
Joe Thatcher 1100020 1.27
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 70-41, Tim Stauffer 66-45, Joe Thatcher 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 4-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 21, Tim Stauffer 18, Joe Thatcher 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20983
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman