San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Justin Upton’s two-out solo shot in the
bottom of the eighth inning lifted San Diego over Arizona by a 3-2 count in
the rubber match of a three-game series.
Upton ended up 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Padres, who received an RBI
each in the series-clinching win from Matt Kemp and Yonder Alonso.
Joaquin Benoit (3-0) tossed a scoreless top of the eighth and Craig Kimbrel
followed suit in the ninth for his third save.
Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run, first-inning homer was the lone meaningful offense
for the Diamondbacks. Ender Inciarte and Jake Lamb added two hits in the
Randall Delgado (0-1) took the loss after surrendering Upton’s deciding blast.
He’d retired Derek Norris and Kemp on fly outs to begin the frame, but Upton
took a pitch over the wall in left center and the Padres led by a run.
Kimbrel worked around a one-out single from Lamb, retiring the next two
batters in turn to lock down the one-run result.
Goldschmidt’s two-run shot to right put Arizona on the board in the first.
Inciarte singled, went to second on A.J. Pollock’s foul out and stole third
before scoring on the homer.
San Diego countered in the second when Upton hit a leadoff single and scored
when Alonso followed with a double.
The Padres tied the game in the home sixth as Wil Myers reached with a leadoff
double, Norris singled him to third and he scored on a Kemp fly. Alonso walked
to put two on, then Will Middlebrooks singled but Norris was thrown out at
home to end the inning.
San Diego starter Brandon Morrow allowed seven hits and two runs while fanning
five over his seven-inning outing, while Arizona counterpart Chase Anderson
worked six full frames and gave up two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts
… The Padres open up a seven-game road trip at Wrigley Field on Friday,
while the Diamondbacks take to the road on Thursday in San Francisco.