Padres' homers crush D-backs

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San Diego, CA – Tony Gwynn Jr. hit his second inside-the-park home run of the season and Yorvit Torrealba drove in four, as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-5, at Petco Park.

Gwynn, who has only three home runs this season, also performed the feat June 13 at home against Seattle. It was the 18th inside-the-park homer in Padres history, and Gwynn joined his Hall-of-Fame father and Gene Richards as the only players in franchise history to have multiple inside-the-park homers.

Torrealba finished 3-for-4 with a two-run blast in the third inning. Adrian Gonzalez and Jerry Hairston Jr. also homered for San Diego, which beat Arizona by a 12-1 score Friday in the opener of this three-game series.

Clayton Richard (7-4) allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings for the Padres, but took the win after the San Diego bullpen allowed just one hit the rest of the way.

Rodrigo Lopez (5-8) gave up six runs on six hits and three walks in six innings, and took the loss, the Diamondbacks' ninth in their last 11 games.

It was a 4-4 game after four innings, and the Padres pulled away thanks to a pair of homers.

In the fifth with one out, Gonzalez got into a battle with Lopez and hit the ninth pitch of the at-bat -- a slider over the heart of the plate -- to center for his 20th homer of the season.

Gwynn then struck in the sixth. He hit a fly ball to shallow left field, and left fielder Rusty Ryal missed the diving catch. Gwynn raced around the bases as the ball rolled to the left field corner, and slid in safely as the throw from the outfield was off the mark.

"When I saw it roll by him I couldn't tell if it hit his glove to slow it down or not," Gwynn said. "But when I saw him running all the way back to the fence, I knew I had a chance to get another one."

Said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson of the play: "I asked [Ryal] on the way in, 'Did you learn a lesson today about playing left field?' And he did. I said, 'Hey, I don't want you to press over it. I know you busted your tail.' You know, with two outs like that, that's not a play that you want to get yourself in a situation like he did. So, he busted it, he played hard tonight, and that's all we can ask."

Arizona pulled within 6-5 in the seventh inning on an RBI single by Justin Upton. That hit came off of Ryan Webb, who replaced Richard with one out and a man on first.

But San Diego tacked on two more runs in the bottom half to gain some separation. After Gonzalez walked, Chase Headley tripled, and Torrealba followed with a bunt single to make it an 8-5 game.

Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless eighth for the Padres, and Heath Bell worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save.

Torrealba's run-scoring single in the first got the Padres on the board, though a two-run single by Adam LaRoche in the third put Arizona on top. Ryal followed with an RBI base hit to make it 3-1.

Hairston began the home third with a homer, and Torrealba added a two-run shot later in the inning to put San Diego back on top, 4-3. However, Chris Young's two-out solo blast in the fourth evened the contest.

Game Notes

Young finished with three hits for Arizona, while Kelly Johnson, Upton and LaRoche each had two...Richard, who has won his last three decisions, struck out six...Lopez fanned three...The Padres lead the season series, 6-2.


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