After a rare win over San Diego in this series opener, the Diamondbacks will go for their third straight victory Wednesday night when they continue this three-game set at Chase Field.
Arizona (73-74) had lost eight of nine to the Padres since the beginning of July - including six straight at home - heading into Tuesday's contest, but won 3-2 to stay 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card. The Cardinals also won, and four other teams still sit between those two clubs in the standings.
San Diego (71-77) had averaged 6.78 runs in the previous nine games in the series before running into Ian Kennedy , who allowed one run in eight innings.
"They were playing pretty good, they've beaten a lot of people," Kennedy said. "They've taken care of us the last few times here. They are a good team."
Trevor Cahill (11-11, 3.92 ERA) will try to keep things going for Arizona as he looks to win his third straight start.
Cahill allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings of a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday, striking out seven.
"I felt confident I could throw all four pitches anytime in the count," said Cahill, who gave up both runs in the first. "If you only have two pitches working and they know it and I know it, you end up trying to throw too fine a pitch."
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts against the Padres this year. His shortest start of the season came when San Diego visited Phoenix on Aug. 26, chasing Cahill after he allowed four runs in just 3 2-3 innings.
San Diego, which has won nine of its last 12 games but is now seven behind St. Louis, will hand the ball to Edinson Volquez (10-10, 4.24) on Wednesday.
Volquez has won three of his last four starts, though his latest was hardly a work of art. He allowed three runs, four hits and six walks over 5 1-3 innings Sept. 11 in a 6-4 victory over St. Louis.
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts against the Diamondbacks this year, striking out 20 over 20 innings.
Chris Young , who is 2 for 15 with seven strikeouts against Volquez, could be out again after aggravating a right quadriceps injury while running down a fly ball for the first out of Tuesday's game."Extremely frustrating," said Young, who was in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 3. "Game speed's just a little different, so as soon as I had to turn it up, it grabbed on me, and it's time to start from scratch again, it seems like."
|San Diego Padres|
|September 11, 2012||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|August 23, 2012||Jason Marquis||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|August 17, 2012||Nick Hundley||Day-to-Day||Bruised right knee|
|August 16, 2012||Nick Hundley||60-Day DL||Bruised right knee|
|August 11, 2012||Huston Street||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|July 31, 2012||Yasmani Grandal||15-Day DL||Strained oblique|
|September 11, 2012||J.J. Putz||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|August 30, 2012||Chris Johnson||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 21, 2012||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Tight hamstring|
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Adam Eaton wreaked some havoc with his speed Wednesday night.
Eaton tripled to spark a three-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 6-2.
"Triples are always fun," said Eaton, who is hitting .267 with two doubles and the triple since his debut on September 4.
With the Diamondbacks trailing 2-1, John McDonald reached on an infield single to start the fifth, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Eaton's triple to left-center field - his first career RBI in 44 at-bats and his first career triple.
"Usually the left-center field gap is the hardest place to get a triple, or maybe down the left-field line," Eaton said. "If you can get a triple to the left-center field gap you've got the horses going a little bit."
Eaton scored when Edinson Volquez was called for a balk for starting his motion, shifting his left foot back before taking his right foot off the rubber.
"I was creeping down the line and thinking about going (stealing home) if he went into his normal motion," Eaton said. "I think he got flustered and stepped off with the wrong foot."
Volquez said he thought the umpire had called time.
"It was a bad inning. Just one inning," Volquez said. "I was under control the whole game but that one inning I gave up a few runs and that was the whole game."
Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt hit consecutive doubles to make it 4-2.
"I got a couple of pitches up in the zone I could hit and got the barrel on them," said Upton, who is hitting .320 with three doubles and two homers during his past seven games.
Dan Wheeler also had an RBI triple and Miguel Montero added a run-scoring double for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight. Arizona remained 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.
"We were seeing good pitches and not missing," Upton said. "That's how the offense gets going."
The Diamondbacks are .500 since they were 64-64 on August 26.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (12-11) went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Two of his walks and four of his baserunners came in the Padres' two-run third.
"He certainly has the experience," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson . "You have to minimize (the runs allowed). He walked two guys and they scored. The rest of the game was clear for him."
Max Venable and John Baker had consecutive RBI singles for the Padres, who have lost two straight to the Diamondbacks after winning eight of their previous nine against them.
"We didn't get as many baserunners tonight as we have over the last couple of months," said Padres manager Bug Black. "It came down to that three-run inning. They strung together some hits and we didn't. They bunched them together that inning."
Volquez (10-11) gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and did not walk a hitter for the first time since Sept. 25, 2006 for Texas against the Los Angeles Angels , a span of 108 starts.
San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Venable and Baker hit two-out run-scoring singles after Cahill had issued one-out walks to Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso .
Montero made it 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when he doubled home Upton, who led off the inning with the first of his two doubles.
Arizona made it 6-2 in the eighth when Brad Boxberger hit Montero with a pitch, Wheeler tripled and second baseman Logan Forsythe 's relay throw sailed into the Diamondbacks dugout to allow Wheeler to score.
NOTES: Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler induced his 18th double-play grounder of the season, the most by a relief pitcher in the majors since Jeremy Affeldt also recorded 18 GIDPs in 2009 for San Francisco. ... Goldschmidt became the fifth Arizona player - and first since 2008 - with 40 doubles in a season. ... Quentin, playing for the first time since Sept. 10 because of pain in his surgically repaired right knee, left the game in the fourth after going 1 for 2. Black said Quentin "was a little uncomfortable." . Cahill joined C.C. Sabathia as the only pitchers since 1990 to record 10 wins and 30 starts in each of his first four seasons. . Padres RHP Andrew Cashner , who gave up six runs in 3 2-3 innings on Friday, told reporters Wednesday he's done for the season with lingering soreness in his right lat muscle. Cashner finishes the season 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 32 games and five starts. ... San Diego CF Cameron Maybin missed his second straight game with a sore left Achilles tendon. ... Before the game, the Diamondbacks recalled OF A.J. Pollock from Triple-A Reno and also selected the contract of INF Mike Jacobs from Reno. Arizona designated OF Cole Gillespie for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for the 31-year-old Jacobs, who served a 50-game suspension in 2011 and into the start of 2012 for using HGH. "He did his 50 games," Gibson said. "He played the season in Triple-A and was a good leader down there." ... LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-2) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when he takes the mound for Arizona against Padres LHP Clayton Richard (13-12) in a getaway day afternoon game Thursday. Richard is 5-0 with a 3.80 ERA in eight career starts against Arizona.