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San Diego (47-58) «1043010031290
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Padres 12, Diamondbacks 3

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PHOENIX -- Andrew Cashner wasn't satisfied with his pitching Saturday night.

His work at the plate? That was another matter.

Cashner threw six solid innings and hit his first career home run to help lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

"I've been thinking about that my whole life," Cashner said of his home run.

Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley added back-to-back home runs, Yonder Alonso drove in four runs and Carlos Quentin had three RBIs for the Padres, who have won two of their last three and four of six.

Cashner (7-5) allowed three runs on four hits, walked five and struck out five for his second straight win, both coming during San Diego's 10-game road trip.

"I feel like tonight I wasn't very good," Cashner said. "I walked a lot of guys, but I felt when I got into trouble I made the pitches I needed to."

Cashner walked the bases loaded with one out in the first, but escaped when Martin Prado grounded into a double play. Cashner got another inning-ending double play in the fourth, with runners on first and second.

"I have high expectations for him and maybe a little unfairly because this is his first year as a starting pitcher getting multiple consecutive starts in a rotation," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He made some pitches. But, and this goes back to my expectations of him, when we're up he needs to put the hammer down and finish some innings."

Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered for the Diamondbacks, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

San Diego managed only three hits off Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs (2-3), but took advantage of the rookie left-hander's wildness to open an 8-1 lead after four innings.

"For whatever reason, he had no command of his fastball," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was trying to throw the ball in and couldn't get it in there. He is obviously struggling. He gets guys on base and puts some pressure on. You can see by his mannerisms he feels it a little bit."

After the game, Skaggs was optioned back to Triple-A Reno, where he is 6-5.

"Up here you need to throw a fastball, you need to throw it for strikes and work it in and out," Skaggs said. "I haven't been doing that. I'm only 22, so I have a lot more starts ahead of me."

With the game tied 1-1, Skaggs retired the first two batters he faced in the third. But he walked Denorfia, hit Headley with a pitch, walked Quentin to load the bases and then walked Jesus Guzman to force in Denorfia.

Alonso followed with a bases-clearing double into the right-field corner to give the Padres a 5-1 lead.

"I had to take the first pitch because he was walking a lot of guys and I wanted to see if he could throw a strike," Alonzo said. "As soon as he threw the strike I knew the at-bat was on, so I was just trying to get something over the plate and try to hit it."

In the fourth, Skaggs walked Cashner with one out before giving up a two-run, two-out home run to Denorfia to make it 7-1.

Tony Sipp came on in relief, but Headley drove his first pitch into the left-field stands to stretch the lead to 8-1.

"We knew that Skaggs could be a little variable with his command and control," Black said. "I thought our guys, especially in the third and the fourth innings, did a good job of laying off some pitches that were borderline and making him throw strikes. Out of the chute he looked pretty good, but he wobbled a little bit and our guys were patient and it really paid off. This was a game that was won because we let the other guy falter."

Skaggs allowed seven runs on three hits and five walks, hit a batter and struck out five over a career-worst 3 2-3 innings.

"He wants to be so perfect," Montero said. "He put too much pressure on himself. That is not going to help him. You have to relax a little bit. You have to make one pitch at a time and that is when you are going to get out of a jam. But if you try to make just one pitch and get three outs it is tough to do."

Goldschmidt's one-out homer in the fifth, his 23rd, pulled Arizona within 8-3.

Cashner homered off Josh Collmenter with one out in the sixth, and Quentin and Alonso added RBI singles during San Diego's three-run ninth against David Hernandez.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the first when Denorfia walked and scored on Quentin's two-out double.

Arizona tied the game in the second on Montero's third home run in his past seven games.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks did not announce the corresponding move to replace Skaggs.
  • Alonso has nine RBIs in nine games since the All-Star Break.
  • Skaggs had issued 10 total walks in 35 innings across his last six starts.
  • Denorfia's nine home runs against Arizona are the most among active Padres.
  • Denorfia and Headley were the fourth set of Padres to hit consecutive home runs this season. Nick Hundley and Will Venable hit back-to-back homers July 15 against San Francisco.
  • Montero had missed the Diamondbacks' past three games with a stiff back.
  • Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin (12-1, 2.31 ERA) will look to remain unbeaten at home when he takes on RHP Tyson Ross (1-4, 3.35) in the series finale. Corbin is 8-0 at Chase Field, the second-most home wins in the majors. Ross snapped a 12-game losing streak when he held the Brewers to two hits and two walks in the Padres' 6-2 win.
 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Denorfia
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

Y. Alonso
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Everth Cabrera, SS5100003 .282
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF-LF3312200 .267
Chase Headley, 3B2311211 .238
Carlos Quentin, LF4222121 .278
Jesus Guzman, RF3101112 .240
   a-Alexi Amarista, PH-CF0100100 .262
Yonder Alonso, 1B5034010 .288
Jedd Gyorko, 2B5000044 .255
Nick Hundley, C5000021 .246
Andrew Cashner, P2111110 .300
   Will Venable, CF-RF2010012 .236
Totals3612911813  
a-walked for Stauffer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Quentin (21, Skaggs), Yonder Alonso (9, Skaggs)
HR - Chris Denorfia (8, Skaggs), Chase Headley (8, Sipp), Andrew Cashner (1, Collmenter)
RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (31), Chase Headley (33), Carlos Quentin 2 (44), Jesus Guzman (26), Yonder Alonso 4 (38), Andrew Cashner (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Denorfia 2 (15), Chase Headley (13), Carlos Quentin (16), Jesus Guzman (13), Yonder Alonso 3 (16)
SB - Everth Cabrera (36, 2nd base off Skaggs/Montero)
CS - Everth Cabrera (9, 2nd base by Collmenter/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Alonso, Cabrera-Alonso-Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Cashner (W,7-5) 6433552 3.88
Tim Stauffer 2000210 3.95
Dale Thayer 1200110 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 103-58, Tim Stauffer 37-18, Dale Thayer 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 7-4, Tim Stauffer 3-2
Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 25, Tim Stauffer 8, Dale Thayer 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5010011 .222
Gerardo Parra, RF1100200 .272
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4112114 .306
Eric Chavez, 3B3000111 .301
Martin Prado, 2B3000101 .264
Jason Kubel, LF4010002 .234
Miguel Montero, C3121110 .230
Didi Gregorius, SS4010002 .277
Tyler Skaggs, P1000011 .200
   c-A.J. Pollock, PH-RF3000021 .253
Totals3136387  
a-walked for Harris in the 8th
b-walked for Bell in the 9th
c-struck out for Sipp in the 5th
Batting
2B - Jason Kubel (8, Cashner), Didi Gregorius (13, Cashner)
HR - Paul Goldschmidt (23, Cashner), Miguel Montero (9, Cashner)
RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (85), Miguel Montero (34)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Goldschmidt 2 (27)
SB - Gerardo Parra (7, 2nd base off Cashner/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gregorius-Prado-Goldschmidt
E - Paul Goldschmidt (4, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Miguel Montero (6)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyler Skaggs (L,2-3) 3.2377551 5.35
Tony Sipp 1.1111031 4.20
Josh Collmenter 2111111 2.75
Will Harris 1200010 1.95
David Hernandez 0.2232220 5.09
Heath Bell 0.1000010 3.98
WP - David Hernandez 2 (5)
HBP - Headley (by Tyler Skaggs)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 85-44, Tony Sipp 22-16, Josh Collmenter 33-19, Will Harris 20-14, David Hernandez 33-18, Heath Bell 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 5-1, Tony Sipp 1-0, Josh Collmenter 2-2, Will Harris 1-1
Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 20, Tony Sipp 5, Josh Collmenter 7, Will Harris 5, David Hernandez 7, Heath Bell 1
Game Information
Attendance - 30033
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor