San Diego at Arizona

San Diego
W: W. LeBlanc (3-5) L: J. Collmenter (9-9)
S: H. Bell (37)
HR: SD - N. Hundley (8)   ARI - H. Blanco (7)

D-Backs fall to Padres, home winning streak snapped wire reports

PHOENIX -- The San Diego Padres have struggled all year long, especially in Arizona. So this one was particularly sweet.

Nick Hundley homered and the Padres held on for a 7-6 victory Sunday that snapped the Diamondbacks' franchise-record home winning streak at 15 games.

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Hundley, Jesus Guzman and James Darnell had two RBI apiece for the Padres, who ended a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.

"Anytime you can come out of here with a win you consider it to be a good day," San Diego starter Wade LeBlanc.

San Diego had lost seven of eight games in Arizona this season, including the first three games of the series.

"We've got to stay positive," said Heath Bell, who pitched the ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances one day after allowing two homers in the ninth. "We could have taken three out of four. I messed up yesterday and the second game we kinda blew it."

LeBlanc (3-5) went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs and four hits while snapping a personal three-game losing streak.

"I thought he deserved to get the win," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He had good efficiency, mix of pitches and changing of speeds, which all go into Wade's game."

Henry Blanco homered and Chris Young added a two-run double for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Arizona's lead over the San Francisco Giants slipped to 8½ games and its magic number remained eight.

"You'd like to win them all but we didn't today," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We push through. There's a saying about playing 27 outs, playing to the end. It's something that's been preached for a while. It's part of their character."

Backed by LeBlanc's one-hit pitching over the first five innings, San Diego built a 7-0 lead against Josh Collmenter (9-9).

Darnell drove in Hundley with a single in the second, then hit a sacrifice fly in the third. Guzman had an RBI single and Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to put the Padres ahead 4-0.

Hundley hit a two-run shot in the fifth for his eighth homer, giving San Diego a 6-0 lead and ending Collmenter's day. Guzman added a run-scoring double in the seventh.

Then the Diamondbacks made things interesting.

Blanco, Arizona's regular Sunday catcher, led off the sixth with a line drive over the wall in left. Reliever Zach Duke singled to center, Gerardo Parra reached on a one-out single and Paul Goldschmidt walked to load the bases and chase LeBlanc.

Chris Young hit a two-run double to left off Erik Hamren, and Collin Cowgill brought home Goldschmidt and Young with a single to center that trimmed San Diego's lead to 7-5.

"We got it the hard way," Black said. "It looked as though we might have done it the easy way but it turned out to be the hard way."

The Diamondbacks pulled within one in the seventh when Blanco singled, went to second when pinch-hitter Geoff Blum was hit by a pitch and scored on pinch-hitter Justin Upton's groundout.

"It's been our team all year," Collmenter said. "Up, down, we play all the way through. It's fun to be a part of a team like that and know that no matter how far down you are, they're going to battle and give you a chance to win."

Collmenter gave up six runs and seven hits, walked three and struck out two.

"I think I forced through some things," Collmenter said. "I didn't make some big pitches when I needed to. I left some balls up over the plate today and they were able to put the bat on."


  • Arizona's last home loss was on August 8, a 9-1 defeat against the Houston Astros. The Diamondbacks won the next three games of the series to begin a seven-game winning streak.
  • Darnell has driven in five runs in his past two games.
  • Young stole second in the second inning to reach the 20-homer, 20-stolen base plateau for the third time in his career.
  • The Padres dropped their formal protest of the Diamondbacks' 6-5, extra-inning victory on Saturday.
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Nick Hundley rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks.  (Getty Images)
Nick Hundley rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning against the Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

N. Hundley
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

H. Blanco
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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San Diego Padres
Cameron Maybin, CF5220021 .277
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF5110011 .278
Jesus Guzman, LF4222110 .329
    Jeremy Hermida, RF0000000 .147
Nick Hundley, C4232102 .283
Anthony Rizzo, 1B2001301 .142
James Darnell, 3B3012001 .176
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   a- Will Venable, PH1000002 .251
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000003 .237
Alberto Gonzalez, SS3000101 .218
Wade LeBlanc, P3020000 .353
    Erik Hamren, P0000000 .000
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Andy Parrino, 3B1000001 .208
a-grounded out for Gregerson in the 9th
2B - Cameron Maybin 2 (21, Collmenter, Collmenter), Nick Hundley (12, Collmenter)
HR - Nick Hundley (8, Collmenter)
SF - James Darnell (1)
RBI - Jesus Guzman 2 (42), Nick Hundley 2 (26), Anthony Rizzo (8), James Darnell 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Jesus Guzman (17)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
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Erik Hamren 0.1211010 3.27
Anthony Bass (H,3) 0.1111000 2.06
Joe Thatcher (H,1) 0.1000000 6.43
Luke Gregerson (H,14) 1.1000200 2.96
Heath Bell (S,37) 1000120 2.65
HBP - Blum (by Anthony Bass)
WP - Anthony Bass (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 83-52, Erik Hamren 10-6, Anthony Bass 12-6, Joe Thatcher 6-3, Luke Gregerson 24-11, Heath Bell 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 5-8, Anthony Bass 1-0, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Luke Gregerson 2-2
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 22, Erik Hamren 3, Anthony Bass 3, Joe Thatcher 1, Luke Gregerson 6, Heath Bell 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ryan Roberts, 3B5010013 .253
Gerardo Parra, RF3110001 .292
   a- Justin Upton, PH-RF2001011 .299
Aaron Hill, 2B4000103 .241
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3100102 .248
Chris Young, CF3112110 .230
Collin Cowgill, LF3012111 .221
John McDonald, SS4000023 .238
Henry Blanco, C4221001 .245
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    Zach Duke, P1110000 .300
   b- Geoff Blum, PH0000000 .267
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   c- Willie Bloomquist, PH0000100 .271
a-hit into fielder's choice for Parra in the 7th
b-hit by pitch for Duke in the 7th
c-walked for Cook in the 9th
2B - Chris Young (33, Hamren)
HR - Henry Blanco (7, LeBlanc)
RBI - Justin Upton (86), Chris Young 2 (68), Collin Cowgill 2 (6), Henry Blanco (10)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young 2 (25), Collin Cowgill 2 (3)
SB - Justin Upton (21, 2nd base off Gregerson/Hundley), Chris Young (20, 2nd base off LeBlanc/Hundley)
CS - Aaron Hill (6, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Hundley)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Roberts-Hill-Goldschmidt, Hill-McDonald-Goldschmidt
E - Henry Blanco (1, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
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Zach Duke 3311100 5.00
Brad Ziegler 1.2100120 2.19
Ryan Cook 0.1000100 9.00
WP - Josh Collmenter (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Collmenter 84-53, Zach Duke 44-23, Brad Ziegler 27-15, Ryan Cook 5-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Collmenter 5-5, Zach Duke 7-1, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Ryan Cook 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Collmenter 22, Zach Duke 12, Brad Ziegler 6, Ryan Cook 2
Game Information
Attendance - 39369
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Mike DiMuro