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Grandal continues power surge, Padres edge Diamondbacks

Jul 5, 2012 - 5:34 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Yasmani Grandal cracked a pinch-hit, go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres to an 8-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game set.

Chris Denorfia tallied four hits and three runs scored for the Padres, who earned their first three-game road sweep of the Diamondbacks in franchise history. They've won a season-high five straight overall.

Huston Street retired all three batters he saw in the ninth for his 13th save of the season, while Luke Gregerson (2-0) struck out the final two batters in the seventh to pick up the win.

Grandal, who hit homers in his first three career hits within the last week, has six RBI in just six career major league games.

Jason Kubel belted a three-run shot for Arizona, which has dropped five straight and seven of its last nine contests.

Justin Upton, who is 1-for-19 in his past five games, went 0-for-5 and heard some boos from the crowd.

"To be honest, I don't care about what the fans think of me. My teammates know I bust it every single day," Upton said.

After Willie Bloomquist's RBI single in the seventh tied the game at 4-4, the Padres mustered a pair of two-out runs to surge ahead in the eighth.

Logan Forsythe was hit by a pitch by David Hernandez (1-2) and Grandal followed -- pinch-hitting for John Baker -- and smacked a towering shot that just cleared the wall and glanced off of Upton's glove in right.

"He didn't quite catch it all...but he hit it just far enough," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Grandal's long ball.

The Padres added two insurance runs in the ninth. Denorfia, who led off with a double, scored on Bryan Shaw's throwing error following Alexi Amarista's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Yonder Alonso ripped an RBI double to right.

Pinch-hitter Stephen Drew laced an RBI double and scored on a groundout off the bat of Aaron Hill in Arizona's last at-bat to account for the final margin.

Chase Headley's RBI triple in the opening frame helped the Padres build a 1-0 lead, but Arizona responded with three runs in its half of the inning when Kubel pulverized a three-run shot to right.

The Padres regained the lead after plating a run in each of the third, fourth and seventh innings. Alonso slapped an RBI single in the third, Jason Marquis smacked a run-scoring double in the fourth and Amarista registered an RBI single in the seventh for a 4-3 Padres edge.

Game Notes

Hill extended his home hitting streak to 19 games...Prior to the game, the Padres placed pitcher Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right latissimus dorsi. Brad Brach was recalled to take Cashner's place on the roster...Arizona starter Ian Kennedy surrendered four runs on nine hits and a walk in seven innings, while Marquis allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 frames.








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    Jul 5 12:38 AM


  • Aaron Hill ground out short to first scored Stephen Drew with two out. None on and Justin Upton due up.

    Padres 8, Diamondbacks 6  Bot 9, 2 OutsJul 5 12:36 AM


  • Pinch-Hitter Stephen Drew double to right scored Ryan Roberts with none out. Runner on second and Willie Bloomquist due up.

    Padres 8, Diamondbacks 5  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:30 AM


  • Yonder Alonso double to right scored Alexi Amarista with one out. Runner on second and Cameron Maybin due up.

    Padres 8, Diamondbacks 4  Top 9, 1 OutJul 5 12:21 AM


  • Alexi Amarista reached first and advanced to second on Bryan Shaw's sacrifice bunt throwing error that scored Chris Denorfia with none out. Runner on second and Chase Headley due up.

    Padres 7, Diamondbacks 4  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 5 12:19 AM


  • Pinch-Hitter Yasmani Grandal two-out, two-run Home Run (4) to right scored Logan Forsythe. Everth Cabrera due up.

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  • Willie Bloomquist single to left scored Gerardo Parra with one out. Runner on first and Aaron Hill due up.

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  • Alexi Amarista single to center scored Chris Denorfia with two out. On the play, Alexi Amarista advanced to second on the throw home. Runner on second and Chase Headley due up.

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  • Jason Marquis double to right scored Everth Cabrera with two out. On the play, Jason Marquis was tug out trying to advance to third to end the inning.

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  • Yonder Alonso single to right scored Alexi Amarista with two out. On the play, Chase Headley advanced to third. Runners on first and third and Cameron Maybin due up.

    Padres 2, Diamondbacks 3  Top 3, 2 OutsJul 4 10:30 PM


  • Jason Kubel one-out, three-run Home Run (14) to right scored Willie Bloomquist and Aaron Hill. Paul Goldschmidt due up.

    Padres 1, Diamondbacks 3  Bot 1, 1 OutJul 4 9:59 PM


  • Chase Headley triple to center scored Chris Denorfia with one out. Runner on third and Yonder Alonso due up.

    Padres 1, Diamondbacks 0  Top 1, 1 OutJul 4 9:47 PM


  • SAN DIEGO: 0
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