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Arizona at San Diego

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Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1 wire reports

SAN DIEGO -- Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne is undefeated in his two starts with the San Diego Padres, a small bright spot in a season that otherwise has gone so wrong.

Again using an assortment of breaking pitches and arm angles, the 27-year-old Despaigne outdueled fellow rookie Michael Bolsinger to win his second straight start as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday to pop out of their one-day stay in last place in the NL West.

Cameron Maybin keyed the two-run fourth inning for San Diego, which scored their most runs in four games.

''He's got a nice pulse to him,'' manager Bud Black said of Despaigne, who defected last summer. ''Our heartbeat's down. He doesn't get fazed. Working his way through a 2 1/2 hour work day, he is pretty composed and clear-thinking. This guy knows how to pitch.''

Despaigne (2-0) held Arizona to one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out two. He is the sixth Padres pitcher to win his first two starts, and the seventh San Diego pitcher overall to get a win in his first two appearances.

In his big league debut last Monday at San Francisco, he held the Giants to four hits in seven shutout innings, striking out one and walking none in a 1-0 win.

Despaigne allowed three of the first four Arizona batters to reach base, but allowed only one run. Leadoff batter Ender Inciarte beat out an infield single and stole second before Paul Goldschmidt walked. Miguel Montero singled in Inciarte before Despaigne got Aaron Hill to fly out to center and struck out Martin Prado to strand runners on first and third.

''He wasn't stressed a great deal last week in San Francisco,'' Black said. ''He was stressed there in the first and hung in there. It was good that he didn't let that second run score. His heartbeat's pretty good. He knows his game. He knows what he can do with the ball.''

Despaigne, who signed a minor league contract with the Padres on May 2, said he felt good in making his first start at Petco Park.

''I was excited to pitch here in front of the fans,'' he said through interpreter Yasmani Grandal, who caught both of his starts. ''We had lost two games so I wanted to get that win for us.

''I felt good,'' said Despaigne, who played eight seasons with the Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional. ''My breaking pitches were outside the zone so I had to make adjustments and I got it through.''

Grandal said he told Despaigne the same thing he did in San Francisco: ''Make sure you don't shake me off. He did that the first six innings and at the end he wanted to throw something else. You've got to give him the benefit of the doubt. If he wants to pitch his own game for an inning, hey, I'll give him that.''

The right-hander retired the first two batters in the sixth before allowing consecutive singles and making way for Kevin Quackenbush, who struck out pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick to end the inning.

Despaigne got the Diamondbacks to hit into three double plays.

''A lot of deception,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. ''We had some opportunities. He's thrown two games and he's given up one run. He's doing something right.''

The Padres scored their most runs in four games. Through 81 games, they had scored one or fewer runs 27 times. They swapped places with the Diamondbacks, who had leapfrogged the Padres into fourth place after winning 3-1 Saturday night.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 21st save in as many chances.

The Padres scored twice in the fourth on two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly off Bolsinger (1-4). Chase Headley drew a leadoff walk, advanced on Tommy Medica's one-out single to left and scored on Maybin's double down the right-field line. Medica scored on Alexi Amarista's sac fly.

Bolsinger allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked four.

''Since I have been up here I prided myself on not walking people,'' Bolsinger said. ''Kind of like the San Francisco game, where the one walk I gave up, the run scored. So, I just have to try to eliminate that. Besides that, everything else was pretty good.''


Nick Ahmed was selected from Triple-A Reno before the game and made his big league debut for the Diamondbacks, starting at SS and batting eighth. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and got his first big league hit, a single, in the seventh. ... The Padres open a three-game series against Cincinnati on Monday night, when former San Diego ace Mat Latos (1-0, 2.89) is scheduled to start against rookie Jesse Hahn (3-1, 2.38). ... The Diamondbacks are off Monday before opening a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, when the scheduled starters are Wade Miley (3-6, 4.78) against Jeff Locke (1-1, 3.74) in a matchup of lefties.

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Players of the Game
San Diego

O. Despaigne
IP 6.2
H 5
ER 1
BB 4
K 2

M. Bolsinger
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Ender Inciarte, CF4110001 .239
Gerardo Parra, RF4000001 .255
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B2000210 .296
Miguel Montero, C4011011 .265
Aaron Hill, 2B3000102 .248
Martin Prado, 3B4000013 .268
David Peralta, LF2020100 .301
Nick Ahmed, SS3010002 .333
Mike Bolsinger, P1000000 .125
   a-Roger Kieschnick, PH1000012 .217
   Matt Stites, P0000000 .000
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Evan Marshall, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Bolsinger in the 7th
SH - Mike Bolsinger (1)
RBI - Miguel Montero (47)
SB - Ender Inciarte (6, 2nd base off Despaigne/Grandal)
Team LOB - 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Mike Bolsinger (L,1-4) 6322460 4.53
Matt Stites 0.2100010 0.00
Joe Thatcher 0.1000010 2.74
Evan Marshall 1000010 3.92
IBB - Falu by Mike Bolsinger
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Bolsinger 94-56, Matt Stites 6-5, Joe Thatcher 10-7, Evan Marshall 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Bolsinger 8-4, Matt Stites 1-0, Evan Marshall 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Bolsinger 25, Matt Stites 3, Joe Thatcher 1, Evan Marshall 3
San Diego Padres
Chris Denorfia, RF-LF4010010 .250
Seth Smith, LF3000020 .276
   a-Carlos Quentin, PH1000011 .176
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Chase Headley, 3B3100100 .204
Yasmani Grandal, C4010021 .196
Tommy Medica, 1B3110101 .258
Cameron Maybin, CF2011100 .273
Alexi Amarista, SS2001013 .213
Irving Falu, 2B2000102 .000
Odrisamer Despaigne, P2000012 .000
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000 .000
   b-Will Venable, PH-RF1000010 .193
a-struck out for Smith in the 7th
b-struck out for Quackenbush in the 7th
2B - Cameron Maybin (11, Bolsinger)
SF - Alexi Amarista (2)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (6), Alexi Amarista (13)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Falu-Amarista-Medica, Falu-Amarista-Medica-Amarista-Medica, Falu-Amarista-Medica-Amarista-Medica-Medica-Amarista
San Diego Padres
Odrisamer Despaigne (W,2-0) 6.2511420 0.66
Kevin Quackenbush (H,1) 0.1000010 2.91
Joaquin Benoit (H,12) 1000000 1.34
Huston Street (S,21) 1000010 0.93
Pitches-Strikes - Odrisamer Despaigne 102-59, Kevin Quackenbush 7-5, Joaquin Benoit 14-8, Huston Street 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odrisamer Despaigne 8-7, Joaquin Benoit 1-2, Huston Street 1-1
Batters Faced - Odrisamer Despaigne 26, Kevin Quackenbush 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20267
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Gerry Davis