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Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres took advantage of the rarest of luxuries -- first-inning runs.

The Padres scored four times in the first inning, three on Jorge Cantu's home run, and Aaron Harang pitched seven strong innings in San Diego's 4-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

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Center fielder Cameron Maybin made a running catch on Xavier Nady's long sacrifice fly in the eighth and the Padres held on.

"It's about time that we helped the pitchers out," Cantu said. "They've been carrying us for a long time, so it was our turn to contribute."

The Padres, shut out a major league-high eighth time Saturday night, came out swinging against Joe Saunders (0-4). It was San Diego's biggest first inning since scoring five times against Harang when he pitched for the Reds on July 29, 2009, at Cincinnati.

Going into this game, the Padres had totaled five runs in the first inning this season while giving up 23. But the early offense Sunday made things easier on Harang.

"You're able to just go out and execute your pitches and not be too fine," he said. "There's not as much pressure on your shoulders."

The early runs seemed to provide relief to a Padres team that is last in the NL in runs and has the majors' lowest batting average.

"When you score first, especially a big number like that, it sets up a lot of things as the game goes on," San Diego manager Bud Black said.

Harang (5-2), who lost his previous two starts, was efficient against Arizona. The right-hander gave up two runs and scattered eight hits. He walked only one and got two double-play grounders.

"He's crafty and he threw the ball well," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's a veteran guy who knows what he's doing."

The Diamondbacks closed to 4-3 in the eighth on Nady's sacrifice fly, but it could have been worse for the Padres.

Justin Upton reached on a one-out single off Mike Adams and went to third on Miguel Montero's single. Nady followed with a drive to the gap and Maybin made the catch as he fell to the warning track. Adams struck out Melvin Mora to end the inning.

"It was a long run but I got a good read and a good jump," Maybin said. "Off the bat, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to be able to get there."

Said Adams: "I knew it was hit well. I thought it might get in the gap. But I saw Cam break on it and make the play. It makes you feel better."

Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances. Bell's streak of 41 consecutive saves was snapped Friday night when he blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth, the final two runs scoring on third baseman Chase Headley's two-out throwing error.

Harang pitched into the seventh for the first time this season. He went six innings apiece when he set the franchise record by winning his first four starts. He also had an ERA of 1.88 in those starts.

But Harang was hit hard as he allowed 12 earned runs in his previous two outings, including a career-high tying eight in an 8-2 loss April 26 against Atlanta.

San Diego has won 11 times in 13 games against the Diamondbacks at Petco Park since 2009.

Cantu, hitting .184 coming into the game, hit his third home run in the first to cap the four-run burst.

Chris Denorfia led off the inning with a single and scored on Jason Bartlett's double. After Headley drew a one-out walk, Cantu hit a 1-2 pitch from Saunders into the left-field seats. The home run was only the 21st for the Padres, the second-lowest total in the NL. It also was the club's first three-run homer this season.

"If I can get past the first, I think I'm all right," Saunders said. "It's just one of these things where maybe I wasn't as aggressive. Maybe I tried to nibble and pick a little bit too much."

Arizona's only big threat against Harang came in the second after Josh Wilson doubled in Mora with two outs. Saunders followed with an RBI single, the first of his two hits. But Harang got out of the inning when Chris Young lined out.

Notes

Adams had his career-high streak of 15 scoreless innings snapped. ... The mothers of San Diego's Luke Gregerson, Logan Forsythe, Bell, Harang, Denorfia and Adams all threw out a first pitch to their sons. ... Forsythe made his first major league start at second base. He made his big league debut Wednesday against Pittsburgh after having his contract selected earlier that day from Triple-A Tucson. ... Gibson said he will decide Tuesday who will start in place of RHP Barry Enright, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4000114 .213
Ryan Roberts, 2B4000012 .287
Justin Upton, RF4110002 .260
Miguel Montero, C4030001 .280
Xavier Nady, 1B3001002 .244
Melvin Mora, 3B4120012 .288
Gerardo Parra, LF4010001 .276
Josh Wilson, SS3111001 .222
   a- Kelly Johnson, PH1000000 .175
Joe Saunders, P2021000 .231
   b- Juan Miranda, PH1000011 .228
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   c- Russell Branyan, PH0000100 .240
Totals34310324  
a-lined out for Wilson in the 9th
b-struck out for Saunders in the 7th
c-walked for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (9, Adams), Josh Wilson (1, Harang)
SF - Xavier Nady (1)
RBI - Xavier Nady (7), Josh Wilson (1), Joe Saunders (1)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Wilson (1), Joe Saunders (1)
CS - Chris Young (2, 2nd base by Harang/Johnson)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Miguel Montero (7, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (L,0-4) 6544331 5.72
Juan Gutierrez 1000010 4.40
David Hernandez 1100110 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 104-63, Juan Gutierrez 14-9, David Hernandez 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-10, Juan Gutierrez 2-0, David Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 26, Juan Gutierrez 3, David Hernandez 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF4120000 .333
Jason Bartlett, SS4111001 .218
Ryan Ludwick, LF3000101 .195
Chase Headley, 3B2100201 .245
Jorge Cantu, 1B4123001 .200
Cameron Maybin, CF4010012 .240
Rob Johnson, C3000104 .265
Logan Forsythe, 2B3000021 .000
Aaron Harang, P2000010 .083
   a- Eric Patterson, PH1000010 .146
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3046445  
a-struck out for Harang in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Bartlett (1, Saunders)
HR - Jorge Cantu (3, Saunders)
RBI - Jason Bartlett (5), Jorge Cantu 3 (12)
SB - Chris Denorfia (2, 3rd base off Saunders/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Harang-Bartlett-Cantu, Bartlett-Forsythe-Cantu
E - Logan Forsythe (1, )
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang (W,5-2) 7822120 4.07
Mike Adams (H,8) 1211010 1.06
Heath Bell (S,8) 1000110 1.29
WP - Aaron Harang (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 94-64, Mike Adams 13-9, Heath Bell 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 6-11, Mike Adams 1-1, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Mike Adams 5, Heath Bell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21490
Game Time - 2:32
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Ron Kulpa