Pollock homers as Diamondbacks beat Padres 4-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) A.J. Pollock is regaining his form right when his team needs him most.

Pollock homered in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to stay on top of the NL West.

Pollock, who missed nearly two months with a thumb injury, drove a 1-2 pitch from Kirby Yates (4-2) over the wall in left for his 16th homer, sending Arizona to its fourth win in five games. Arizona had tied it at 3 on Daniel Descalso's solo homer off rookie Trey Wingenter in the eighth.

''He threw me a fastball earlier in the count that was right there and I just missed it,'' Pollock said. ''I fouled a couple of pitches and he threw the fastball right there and I was able to do some damage.''

After getting two hits and driving in two on Saturday night, Pollock is hitting his stride at an opportune time.

''He's an elite player when healthy,'' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. ''We can't do it with just one or two guys, we need everyone and we need A.J. to be A.J.''

Archie Bradley (4-4) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win, and Brad Boxberger retired the side in the ninth for his 28th save. The Diamondbacks remained a half-game ahead of second-place Colorado, which won 4-2 at Atlanta.

''We know what the stakes are, we know exactly what's going on in the standings,'' Lovullo said. ''To separate that out and still execute and come out on top is pretty impressive.''

David Peralta homered in the third against San Diego starter Brett Kennedy. Peralta missed Friday's game due to illness and was limited to pinch-hitting on Saturday, but he collected two hits in the finale of the four-game set.

''It was huge, and these are the types of games you have to find a way to win,'' Lovullo said. ''To get a solo homer in the eighth and a solo homer in the ninth to win it, it was an exceptional win. ''

Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt set a club record by reaching base in 10 straight plate appearances when he was intentionally walked in the first. But he struck out on a foul tip in the third.

Hunter Renfroe homered and drove in three runs for San Diego, which has lost seven of its last eight against Arizona at Petco Park.

''A.J. Pollock is a really good hitter, and when you miss your spot to a really good hitter, sometimes you pay the price,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''I'm sure he'd like to have that one back.''

Renfroe hit a two-run shot in the first against Zack Greinke that travelled into the visiting bullpen in left-center and bounced near the newly erected statue of Padres great Trevor Hoffman. Renfroe was later hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Bradley and exited the game in the ninth.

Greinke allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

''A lot of it was pretty good, but I got behind in some counts in the first inning,'' Greinke said. ''Maybe not too great to start that first inning, but after that it was a lot better.''

Kennedy pitched five innings in his third career start, allowing two runs and six hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller, on the 60-day DL with right elbow inflammation, threw from 60 feet on Saturday and felt no discomfort in his arm. It was the first time Miller has thrown since being shut down in July after making just four starts following his return from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: After an off day on Monday, Arizona returns home to face the Los Angeles Angels. LHP Patrick Corbin (10-8, 3.18 ERA) takes the mound for the Diamondbacks, facing the Angels for the first time in his career.

Padres: Are off Monday before beginning a three-game series at Colorado. The club has not named a starter for Tuesday's game against LHP Tyler Anderson (6-5, 4.39 ERA) and the Rockies.

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  • W: A. Bradley (4-4)L: K. Yates (4-2)S: B. Boxberger (28)
  • HR: ARI - D. Descalso (11), A. Pollock (16), D. Peralta (23), SD - H. Renfroe (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF50000003.277.340.358.6980.0
A. Pollock CF51211020.286.344.540.8847.0
D. Peralta LF51211011.300.359.532.8916.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30100211.293.399.546.9452.5
E. Escobar 3B50100014.280.343.515.8580.5
D. Descalso 2B22111201.254.375.466.8419.0
N. Ahmed SS00000000.242.298.448.7460.0
K. Marte SS-2B40100011.248.317.414.7310.5
J. Mathis C40310001.218.295.286.5814.0
Z. Greinke P30000024.235.278.314.592-1.0
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Avila PH10000001.175.312.325.6370.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Ziegler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF-RF40100000.259.338.332.6701.0
W. Myers 3B-LF31200101.264.321.482.8026.0
E. Hosmer 1B41200012.259.325.398.7232.5
H. Renfroe LF31231000.249.312.487.79910.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Spangenberg 2B40000034.248.301.399.700-1.5
F. Reyes RF20000010.222.263.444.708-0.5
M. Margot CF20100000.245.293.378.6701.0
F. Galvis SS40000011.235.294.359.654-0.5
A. Ellis C40000011.280.386.364.750-0.5
B. Kennedy P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- J. Pirela PH10000010.249.306.341.647-0.5
M. Strahm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Wingenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Villanueva PH-3B20000021.236.300.452.752-1.0
  • a-struck out for Kennedy in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Wingenter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Pollock (19)
  • HR - A. Pollock (16), D. Peralta (23), D. Descalso (11)
  • RBI - A. Pollock (50), D. Peralta (65), D. Descalso (50), J. Mathis (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jay, P. Goldschmidt, E. Escobar 4 (4), D. Descalso, Z. Greinke, A. Avila
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski (11)
  • HR - H. Renfroe (14)
  • RBI - H. Renfroe 3 (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hosmer, C. Spangenberg 4 (4), C. Villanueva
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (8)
  • CS - T. Jankowski (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hosmer-Galvis)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke6.05331713.061.0515.5
B. Ziegler1.00000004.141.303.0
A. Bradley (W, 4-4)1.02000203.390.999.0
B. Boxberger (S, 28)1.01000203.381.2410.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke6.0
B. Ziegler1.0
A. Bradley (W, 4-4)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 28)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Kennedy5.06223418.362.146.0
M. Strahm1.21001302.120.962.5
C. Stammen (H, 18)0.10000002.741.040.0
T. Wingenter (BS, 1)1.02110012.840.950.0
K. Yates (L, 4-2)1.02110111.860.97-4.5
PITCHERSIP
B. Kennedy5.0
M. Strahm1.2
C. Stammen (H, 18)0.1
T. Wingenter (BS, 1)1.0
K. Yates (L, 4-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Bradley (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 97-61, B. Ziegler 14-8, A. Bradley 25-14, B. Boxberger 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 10-0, B. Ziegler 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, B. Ziegler 3, A. Bradley 6, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Kennedy
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Kennedy 86-49, M. Strahm 29-20, C. Stammen 5-3, T. Wingenter 13-10, K. Yates 28-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Kennedy 3-7, T. Wingenter 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Kennedy 23, M. Strahm 7, C. Stammen, T. Wingenter 5, K. Yates 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jay RF50000003.277.340.358.6980.0
A. Pollock CF51211020.286.344.540.8847.0
D. Peralta LF51211011.300.359.532.8916.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B30100211.293.399.546.9452.5
E. Escobar 3B50100014.280.343.515.8580.5
D. Descalso 2B22111201.254.375.466.8419.0
N. Ahmed SS00000000.242.298.448.7460.0
K. Marte SS-2B40100011.248.317.414.7310.5
J. Mathis C40310001.218.295.286.5814.0
Z. Greinke P30000024.235.278.314.592-1.0
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Avila PH10000001.175.312.325.6370.0
A. Bradley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Boxberger P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Ziegler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF-RF40100000.259.338.332.6701.0
W. Myers 3B-LF31200101.264.321.482.8026.0
E. Hosmer 1B41200012.259.325.398.7232.5
H. Renfroe LF31231000.249.312.487.79910.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Spangenberg 2B40000034.248.301.399.700-1.5
F. Reyes RF20000010.222.263.444.708-0.5
M. Margot CF20100000.245.293.378.6701.0
F. Galvis SS40000011.235.294.359.654-0.5
A. Ellis C40000011.280.386.364.750-0.5
B. Kennedy P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
a- J. Pirela PH10000010.249.306.341.647-0.5
M. Strahm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Wingenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Villanueva PH-3B20000021.236.300.452.752-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Kennedy in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Wingenter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Pollock (19)
  • HR - A. Pollock (16), D. Peralta (23), D. Descalso (11)
  • RBI - A. Pollock (50), D. Peralta (65), D. Descalso (50), J. Mathis (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jay, P. Goldschmidt, E. Escobar 4 (4), D. Descalso, Z. Greinke, A. Avila
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Jankowski (11)
  • HR - H. Renfroe (14)
  • RBI - H. Renfroe 3 (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Hosmer, C. Spangenberg 4 (4), C. Villanueva
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Myers (8)
  • CS - T. Jankowski (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hosmer-Galvis)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Greinke6.05331713.061.0515.5
B. Ziegler1.00000004.141.303.0
A. Bradley (W, 4-4)1.02000203.390.999.0
B. Boxberger (S, 28)1.01000203.381.2410.0
Total9.08331111---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Greinke6.0
B. Ziegler1.0
A. Bradley (W, 4-4)1.0
B. Boxberger (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Kennedy5.06223418.362.146.0
M. Strahm1.21001302.120.962.5
C. Stammen (H, 18)0.10000002.741.040.0
T. Wingenter (BS, 1)1.02110012.840.950.0
K. Yates (L, 4-2)1.02110111.860.97-4.5
Total9.01144483---
PITCHERSIP
B. Kennedy5.0
M. Strahm1.2
C. Stammen (H, 18)0.1
T. Wingenter (BS, 1)1.0
K. Yates (L, 4-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Bradley (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 97-61, B. Ziegler 14-8, A. Bradley 25-14, B. Boxberger 22-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 10-0, B. Ziegler 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 23, B. Ziegler 3, A. Bradley 6, B. Boxberger 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - B. Kennedy
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Kennedy 86-49, M. Strahm 29-20, C. Stammen 5-3, T. Wingenter 13-10, K. Yates 28-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Kennedy 3-7, T. Wingenter 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Kennedy 23, M. Strahm 7, C. Stammen, T. Wingenter 5, K. Yates 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Pollock homered to left center43
  • 8TH INNING
    Descalso homered to right33
  • 6TH INNING
    Renfroe singled to shallow center, Myers scored23
  • 3RD INNING
    Peralta homered to right center22
  • 2ND INNING
    Mathis singled to shallow center, Descalso scored, Marte to second12
  • 1ST INNING
    Renfroe homered to center, Hosmer scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay lined out to center
    • A. Pollock: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pollock homered to left center
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Peralta lined out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to left
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Ahmed at shortstop
    • Brad Boxberger relieved Archie Bradley
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Margot singled to right center
    • F. Galvis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • A. Ellis: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ellis flied out to center
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Trey Wingenter relieved Craig Stammen
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar fouled out to third
    • D. Descalso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Descalso homered to right
    • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Mathis singled to right center
    • Alex Avila hit for Brad Ziegler
    • A. Avila: Avila flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Archie Bradley pitching
    • Christian Villanueva hit for Trey Wingenter
    • C. Villanueva: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villanueva struck out swinging
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jankowski lined out to left
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Myers reached on an infield single to third
    • E. Hosmer: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hosmer singled to center, Myers to second
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Renfroe hit by pitch, Myers to third, Hosmer to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Manuel Margot in center field
    • J. Jay: Ball, Jay lined out to center
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Craig Stammen relieved Matt Strahm
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Ziegler relieved Zack Greinke
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Margot grounded out to third
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Galvis grounded out to first
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ellis grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Matt Strahm pitching
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mathis lined out to left
    • Z. Greinke: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Greinke struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jankowski grounded out to second
    • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Myers walked
    • E. Hosmer: Foul, Foul, Ball, Myers stole second, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to shallow center, Myers scored
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Spangenberg struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Kennedy Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Ball, Pollock popped out to shortstop
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Peralta grounded out to first
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Escobar popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Ellis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ellis grounded out to shortstop
    • Jose Pirela hit for Brett Kennedy
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Kennedy Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte lined out to shortstop
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mathis singled to left
    • Z. Greinke: Greinke reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Mathis out at second
    • J. Jay: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Renfroe grounded out to third
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded out to first
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Kennedy Pitching:
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pollock struck out swinging
    • D. Peralta: Peralta homered to right center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, Goldschmidt struck out on foul tip
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to third
    • D. Descalso: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Descalso flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • B. Kennedy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kennedy struck out looking
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to second
    • W. Myers: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Myers reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Kennedy Pitching:
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Descalso walked
    • K. Marte: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Marte reached on an infield single to second, Descalso to second
    • J. Mathis: Mathis singled to shallow center, Descalso scored, Marte to second
    • Z. Greinke: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Greinke struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay lined into double play first to shortstop, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Galvis: Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to first
    • A. Ellis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Ellis struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Kennedy Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay fouled out to left
    • A. Pollock: Ball, Ball, Pollock doubled to left center
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt intentionally walked
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Greinke Pitching:
    • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Jankowski doubled to left center
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jankowski caught stealing, catcher to third, Foul, Foul, Hosmer singled to shallow right
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Renfroe homered to center, Hosmer scored
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Spangenberg struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)