SAN DIEGO (AP) -With all that
has been through this year, a perfect game would have been quite a bonus.
Davis, who underwent surgery for cancer this season, was untouchable before allowing
' two-out single in the seventh inning of the
' 3-0 win over the
San Diego Padres
on Tuesday night.
''I was conscious about it the whole time,'' Davis said. ''I was trying to challenge the hitters. I was just thinking throw
strikes and let them hit it. That's what I was thinking the whole game.''
Giles spoiled Davis' shot at perfection when he lined a single to center field. Davis (4-5) settled for a combined two-hitter
with two relievers for the NL West leaders.
But it took a sensational catch by rookie right fielder
to save the Diamondbacks from a possible loss.
Romero made a long run into right-center to rob pinch-hitter
with a basket catch with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.
The catch, with Romero's back to home plate, was made as he hit the outfield wall in the deepest part of cavernous Petco Park.
''It was the best catch that I've seen that wouldn't have been a home run,'' said Diamondbacks center fielder
, who has made some great grabs himself. ''I have no idea how he caught it. Somehow he had his glove out there and the ball
''When the ball was hit, I'm thinking there was a good chance they're going to get three (runs).''
The Padres had not come close to reaching base against Davis through 6 2-3 innings before Giles' single on a 2-2 pitch.
''He threw cutters, fastballs, changeups, sliders, breaking balls, whatever for strikes anytime he wanted,'' Giles said. ''When
you have four or five pitches you can throw for strikes, it makes for a tough night.''
Said Davis: ''The ball Giles hit was a mistake. It was supposed to be down and away. It still wasn't a bad pitch but he got
a good swing on it. I just thought it was a good run and let's get the next guy out.''
The Padres struck out eight times, hit into 10 groundouts and popped up twice against Davis, who left with the bases loaded
and two outs in the eighth.
''I was terrible warming up before the game,'' he said. ''During the game I got into a groove.''
came in to relieve Davis and retired Gerut on Romero's great catch. Brandon Lyons pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save
in 27 chances.
Arizona remained one game ahead of the
Los Angeles Dodgers
, who beat San Francisco 2-0.
''The catch out in right field was something amazing,'' Davis said. ''When (Gerut) hit the ball, I thought he had no chance
to catch it, let alone staying in the park. Everybody jumped up like we won the pennant.''
Davis allowed a one-out infield single in the eighth to rookie
. The left-hander then walked
before loading the bases on a two-out walk to pinch-hitter
before Romero's catch.
''I was just trying to catch the ball any way I can,'' said Romero, recalled from Triple-A Tucson on July 4.
Romero drove in two runs during Arizona's three-run sixth against
Davis was bidding to throw the second perfect game in the Diamondbacks' 11-year history. Five-time Cy Young Award winner
tossed one in a 2-0 win at Atlanta on May 18, 2004.
Davis was making his 13th start since coming off the disabled list following surgery to remove a cancerous thyroid. He made
two starts to begin the season, the second on April 8, just two days before he underwent surgery. He returned to make his
next start on May 23, at Atlanta.
The performance overshadowed the return of San Diego's
, who made his first start since sustaining a broken nose and fractured skull when St. Louis'
hit a line drive off his face on May 21.
Young was outstanding in five innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight before leaving the scoreless game when he
came close to his 90-pitch limit.
''I was more relaxed than normal,'' Young said. ''I was so excited to be back out there pitching. I didn't take it for granted.
I tried to enjoy it more and appreciated it more than I did before I got hurt.''
Young, who threw 88 pitches, struck out the side in the first around a single by
. The right-hander struck out the side in the second.
had one-out singles in the sixth. Jackson scored when
reached on a fielding error by third baseman
. After a walk to
loaded the bases, Romero singled in two runs when center fielder
failed to hold onto his sinking line drive.
Notes: The two-hitter was the 14th in Arizona's history. ... The Diamondbacks, 24-30 on the road, have won four of their first
five games on a 10-game road trip.