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SAN DIEGO -- A hot August has segued nicely into September for San Diego slugger Chase Headley.

The third baseman drove in four runs on two home runs, including a solo shot leading off the eighth inning that lifted the Padres to their seventh straight victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-5 on Friday night.

Headley hit a three-run homer while batting right-handed in the third inning and then hit the go-ahead homer batting left-handed.

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Headley is seeing the ball well from both sides of the plate.

"That's s a constant battle for a switch-hitter," Headley said. "Usually you don't feel good from both sides of the plate. It's usually one side and odds are you're going to face the side that you don't feel very good at - usually. To have both swings going pretty well, it's kind of a rare thing but it's definitely nice."

Coming off an August in which he had 10 homers and 31 RBIs to win NL Player of the Month honors, Headley extended his career highs to 26 home runs and 98 RBIs. He has four homers and 15 RBIs in six September games.

After the Diamondbacks rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the eighth, Headley opened the bottom of the inning with a shot to straightaway center field on a 3-1 pitch from David Hernandez (2-3).

Headley said he was over-aggressive when he fouled off the previous pitch.

"I wanted to do some damage with the pitch and kind of over swung," he said." It was nice to be able to step out and kind of re-think my approach at the plate and tell myself to not over swing and go up and execute after that. That was a good feeling."

Hernandez said he didn't want to walk Headley.

"He's swinging the bat really well," Hernandez said. "If he can hit it out to that part of the field, I'll give him that all day. We know he's probably their guy who can hit it out wherever, whatever, off of whomever. I wish I would have pitched him a little bit differently. I would have settled for a leadoff walk and go from there."

It was Headley's fourth career multi-homer game, all coming this year. It was his 14th game this season with three or more RBIs, the most in his career and the most by any major leaguer this season.

"Headley's on fire," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We know that. You just have to make good pitches. If you don't make good pitches, he's going to pound you like he did tonight."

In the third, Headley drove a 2-2 pitch from rookie Tyler Skaggs off the side of the 10-foot paint can that sits between the Western Metal Supply Co. building and the stands in left field to give the Padres the 5-0 lead. If a player homers into the can, Frazee Paint will donate $500,000 to the Padres Foundation.

"Dang. That would have been really cool," Headley said.

The defending NL West champion Diamondbacks entered the night 6 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card. Arizona has been outscored 48-25 in their seven straight losses to San Diego.

The Padres have won three straight and 13 of 17.

Brad Brach (2-4) got the final out of the eighth for the win. Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances.

Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double for the Padres in the first inning.

The Diamondbacks began their comeback when Tyler Wheeler's long fly ball to right field in the fifth went for a two-run double when Chris Denorfia missed making the catch against the wall. That brought in Miguel Montero and Chris Johnson, who opened the inning with singles off Cashner.

Wheeler added an RBI double in seventh to bring in Montero with an unearned run. Montero struck out leading off the inning but reached after the ball got away from catcher Grandal.

Arizona tied it in the eighth when Montero hit a two-run double off Tommy Layne, the third of four Padres relievers that inning.

San Diego's Andrew Cashner returned to the rotation after spending nearly two months on the disabled list with a strained right lat. He allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out five and walked none.

Skaggs, making his fourth big league start, went only three innings, allowing five runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Notes

Arizona's Tyler Graham made his big league debut with a pinch-running appearance in the ninth. ... Cashner was making his fourth start of the season and first-ever at Petco Park. ... The series continues Saturday night when LHP Wade Miley (14-9, 2.90 ERA) is scheduled to start opposite San Diego's Casey Kelly (1-0, 3.86), who is scheduled to make his third big league start.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Arizona

R. Wheeler
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5110012 .313
Aaron Hill, 2B4000011 .298
Jason Kubel, LF3110110 .262
Justin Upton, RF4000003 .269
Miguel Montero, C4222011 .285
Chris Johnson, 3B4110022 .272
Ryan Wheeler, 1B4023010 .243
John McDonald, SS4000002 .242
Tyler Skaggs, P1000010 .000
    Brad Bergesen, P0000000 .000
   a- Konrad Schmidt, PH1000001 .000
    Josh Collmenter, P0000000 .077
   b- Gerardo Parra, PH0000000 .270
   c- Paul Goldschmidt, PH1000001 .289
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P00000001.000
   d- Chris Young, PH1010000 .229
    Tyler Graham, PR0000000 .000
Totals3658518  
a-grounded out for Bergesen in the 5th
b-announced for Collmenter in the 7th
c-grounded out for Parra in the 7th
d-singled for Hernandez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (28, Cashner), Miguel Montero (20, Layne), Ryan Wheeler 2 (6, Cashner, Bass)
RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (80), Ryan Wheeler 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (31)
Team LOB - 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs 3555151 4.43
Brad Bergesen 1000000 2.66
Josh Collmenter 2100130 4.02
Takashi Saito 1000010 5.40
David Hernandez (L,2-3) 1111011 2.51
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 64-42, Brad Bergesen 10-9, Josh Collmenter 33-20, Takashi Saito 10-6, David Hernandez 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 1-3, Brad Bergesen 2-1, Josh Collmenter 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-1, David Hernandez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 15, Brad Bergesen 3, Josh Collmenter 8, Takashi Saito 3, David Hernandez 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF3220110 .294
Logan Forsythe, 2B4220001 .280
Chase Headley, 3B4224023 .287
Yasmani Grandal, C3012120 .279
Jesus Guzman, LF3000023 .248
    Anthony Bass, P0000000 .143
    Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Layne, P0000000 .000
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .260
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Yonder Alonso, 1B4000001 .269
Cameron Maybin, CF3000010 .238
Everth Cabrera, SS3000010 .233
Andrew Cashner, P2000010 .000
    Will Venable, RF1000000 .262
Totals31676210  
a-grounded out for Brach in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yasmani Grandal (6, Skaggs)
HR - Chase Headley 2 (26, Skaggs, Hernandez)
RBI - Chase Headley 4 (98), Yasmani Grandal 2 (27)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Alonso
PB - Yasmani Grandal (5)
E - Everth Cabrera (11, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner 5422050 3.46
Anthony Bass (H,1) 1.2110010 4.60
Joe Thatcher (H,10) 0.1111000 3.54
Dale Thayer (H,14) 0.2011100 4.07
Tommy Layne (BS,1)0100000 1.74
Brad Brach (W,2-4) 0.1000010 4.15
Luke Gregerson (S,5) 1100010 2.38
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 68-47, Anthony Bass 22-16, Joe Thatcher 6-5, Dale Thayer 12-6, Tommy Layne 3-2, Brad Brach 5-4, Luke Gregerson 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 7-3, Anthony Bass 2-3, Joe Thatcher 1-0, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 19, Anthony Bass 7, Joe Thatcher 2, Dale Thayer 3, Tommy Layne 1, Brad Brach 1, Luke Gregerson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25403
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Tim Welke