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Padres hand D-Backs first loss

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SAN DIEGO -- Chris Denorfia pumped both fists as he rounded third base on his home run trot, almost as if flexing his muscles.

San Diego badly needed a clutch hit and Denorfia provided it with a two-run shot with one out in the eighth that carried the Padres to a 2-1 win Wednesday over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had been the last unbeaten team in the major leagues.

"I think there was a collective sigh of relief from the team there," Denorfia said. "We're kind of off to slow start offensively, and to be able to pick up our pitchers today, who did such an outstanding job, was really important. It's something we can build off."

Denorfia's clutch shot just to the right of 396-foot sign in straightaway center field -- his first of the season -- came on a 2-1 pitch from David Hernandez (0-1). Cameron Maybin was aboard on a walk.

"That was pretty much all I got right there, but that's enough, as they say," Denorfia said.

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Center fielder Chris Young lost his glove over the fence trying to make a leaping grab. The ball hit the glove as both cleared the fence. Someone from the Padres' bullpen retrieved it for him.

"You never know," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Cool day and the ball didn't seem to be carrying. I knew he hit it good. In that part of the park, there's a homer there. We've seen a lot of homers in that area. It stayed in the air long enough."

Denorfia is a .358 hitter (24-for-67) against the Diamondbacks.

"Denorfia is a dead fastball hitter and that's his strength," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. "If you're going to hit it, hit it. Unfortunately, we fell behind 2-1 and I don't want to go to 3-1 and throw an off [speed] pitch. It was probably a bad pitch, a little out over. He was looking dead red and he put a really good swing on it."

Ernesto Frieri (1-0) threw 1 1/3 innings, and Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his first save with the Padres.

Until the homer, the Padres had only one baserunner advance as far as second.

Arizona was trying for the first 5-0 start in franchise history.

Hernandez had replaced Joe Saunders, who allowed four hits over seven innings in his season debut. He struck out four and walked two.

"Joe was outstanding," Montero said. ""He mixed pitches, he worked and he battled."

San Diego's Cory Luebke struggled in the first inning, when he threw 43 pitches and walked four. With two-outs, he loaded the bases by walking Chris Young and then forced in Willie Bloomquist with a walk to Jason Kubel. Luebke struck out Paul Goldschmidt to end the threat.

Luebke then threw 61 pitches over his final 4 1/3 innings. He allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked four.

With two outs in the second, Bloomquist hit a ball off the top of the wall in left field that was ruled a triple. Three of the umpires went in for a video review and upheld the call. Bloomquist was stranded when Aaron Hill flied out to center.

Arizona loaded the bases again in the seventh on a single and two walks before Frieri got Kubel to pop up to second baseman Orlando Hudson.

Luebke allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out five and walked four.

Notes

  • Bloomquist extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • The series concludes Thursday night when Arizona's Ian Kennedy (1-0, 4.05) is scheduled to start against Anthony Bass (0-1, 2.25). Bass will start in place of Dustin Moseley. Bass made three starts for San Diego last year, including his big league debut on June 13 at Colorado.
  • Joe Wieland is the leading contender to start for the Padres on Saturday night at Los Angeles, which would be his major league debut. Wieland was one of two prospects acquired from Texas for Mike Adams on July 31.
  • Moseley, on the 15-day DL with what manager Bud Black calls "extensive damage" in his right shoulder, said he doesn't want to rush into a decision whether to have surgery or rehab the injury. He was placed on the DL on Sunday, a day after allowing five runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
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Chris Denorfia hits a two-run blast off David Hernandez in the eighth to give the Padres a lead they would not relinquish. (AP)
Chris Denorfia hits a two-run blast off David Hernandez in the eighth to give the Padres a lead they would not relinquish. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Denorfia
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

J. Saunders
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 4
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS4120110 .389
Aaron Hill, 2B5000003 .100
Justin Upton, RF3000200 .167
Miguel Montero, C4000034 .294
Chris Young, CF2010210 .333
Jason Kubel, LF3021103 .200
    Gerardo Parra, LF0000000 .111
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4000026 .188
Ryan Roberts, 3B3000110 .158
Joe Saunders, P3000012 .000
   a- Geoff Blum, PH1000010 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals32151710  
a-struck out for Saunders in the 8th
Batting
3B - Willie Bloomquist (1, Luebke)
RBI - Jason Kubel (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Kubel (1)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (2, 3rd base off Luebke/Hundley)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders 7400240 0.00
David Hernandez (BS,1; L,0-1) 1122101 4.50
HBP - Parrino (by Joe Saunders)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 102-57, David Hernandez 20-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 5-10, David Hernandez 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 26, David Hernandez 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF3100111 .208
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF4112000 .182
Chase Headley, 3B3010100 .150
Jesus Guzman, LF4010001 .200
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Nick Hundley, C2000111 .000
Kyle Blanks, 1B3010002 .250
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010000 .158
Andy Parrino, SS2000010 .333
Cory Luebke, P2000011 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
    Josh Spence, P0000000 .000
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   a- Will Venable, PH-RF1000000 .200
Totals2725234  
a-popped out for Frieri in the 8th
Batting
HR - Chris Denorfia (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (2)
CS - Orlando Hudson (1, 2nd base by Saunders/Montero)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Nick Hundley (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cory Luebke 5.1411450 5.40
Brad Brach 1100210 6.75
Josh Spence 0.1000010 0.00
Ernesto Frieri (W,1-0) 1.1000120 5.40
Huston Street (S,1) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Cory Luebke 104-65, Brad Brach 23-12, Josh Spence 3-3, Ernesto Frieri 27-16, Huston Street 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cory Luebke 5-6, Brad Brach 1-1
Batters Faced - Cory Luebke 24, Brad Brach 6, Josh Spence 1, Ernesto Frieri 5, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16091
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg