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Young, Saunders lead D-Backs over Padres

Aug 28, 2011 - 6:23 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Chris Young belted a two-run homer to back seven solid innings from Joe Saunders, as the Arizona Diamondbacks downed the San Diego Padres, 3-1, in the middle contest of a three-game series.

Saunders (9-11) allowed one unearned run on four hits and a walk while fanning three.

Young finished 2-for-3, while Miguel Montero had a pair of hits, including a double for the Diamondbacks, who have won five straight following a six-game slide. They remain three games ahead of the Giants for first place in the NL West.

Aaron Harang (12-4) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over six innings to suffer the loss. He struck out eight.

"Aaron pitched great," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He threw the ball well. We just got out-pitched overall."

Montero, who doubled in the first, singled to begin the fourth and Young followed two batters later with his 19th home run of the season.

In the sixth, Paul Goldschmidt doubled and Young singled to place runners at the corners. Harang attempted to pick off Young, but threw the ball away, allowing Goldschmidt to score.

"Harang throws the ball away over there like that," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. "[We were] fortunate enough to get a free run out of it."

The Padres wasted a Logan Forsythe double in the top of the sixth, then scraped together their only run in the seventh. Jesus Guzman began the frame with a walk and Kyle Blanks reached on Justin Upton's error. Aaron Cunningham advanced the runners with a groundout before Will Venable scored Guzman with a single.

David Hernandez began the eighth for the Diamondbacks and allowed runners to reach first and second with one down before leaving with a right ankle contusion. Brad Ziegler entered and retired Guzman and Banks to keep the Padres off the board.

J.J. Putz tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 33rd save of the season.

Game Notes

The Diamondbacks have tied a season-high with eight straight home wins...Saunders is 7-1 this season when lasting at least seven innings...Venable stretched his hit streak to a season-high seven games.