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Clark's two homers lift Diamondbacks over Padres

Apr 27, 2007 - 6:18 AM PHOENIX (Ticker) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are starting to get back on track with the help of their oldest bat.

Tony Clark hit a pair of home runs and Livan Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Chad Tracy and Stephen Drew each had a pair of hits for Arizona, which has won its last two games following a five-game skid.

After the Padres jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Diamondbacks forged a tie with three runs in the second. Tracy opened the inning with a double and scored two batters later on Drew's single. San Diego starter Chris Young (2-2) then walked Carlos Quentin and committed a throwing error, allowing Miguel Montero to reach and load the bases.

Young's wild pitch plated Drew with the Diamondbacks' second run and Hernandez helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to knot the game.

Clark put Arizona ahead with a solo shot into the right field stands leading off the fourth. His second homer of the night - a two-run blast in the sixth - provided some insurance for Hernandez.

"More than anything else, you try to put the head of the bat on the ball and take your chances from there," Clark said. "Sometimes I try to do too much, and more often than not, less is more.

"The same thing that is an asset for me is a liability, and that is my size. If I put the head of the bat on the ball, I give myself a chance, but there is a whole lot of area for those guys to shoot at, too. When it connects, when they don't catch it, I will take it."

Arizona's oldest position player by nearly three years over left fielder Eric Byrnes, the 34-year-old Clark was brought back this season largely to serve as a mentor for the club's many youngsters. Clark is making an impression with his bat as well, pushing his homer total to four in just 34 at-bats.

"He is a leader on this team," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "He has come up big for us several times, and it seems that if he gets one, there is a good chance he will get two."

Hernandez (2-1) bounced back from a rough outing by allowing three runs, four hits and three walks with one strikout. On April 19, he was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in five innings in a loss at San Diego. The burly Cuban righthander improved his career mark against the Padres to 10-3 in 19 starts.

"I got in trouble in the first inning, but I was able to get out of it," Hernandez said. "After that, I was able to make some pitches and settled down."

Adrian Gonzalez continued his hot start for the Padres with a three-run homer off Hernandez in the first inning. The first baseman is now second in the National League with 23 RBI and tied for second with seven homers, which ties a franchise record for the month of April.

"(Livan) made better pitches when he had to," Melvin said. "He pitches the corners no matter what the count is. That is just his style. He is also able to put it behind him compared to a younger pitcher. He hung that pitch to Gonzalez and he was able to forget it and go on."

Doug Slaten and Brandon Lyon combined to pitch the eighth and Jose Valverde worked a perfect ninth from his eighth save.

Young was pulled after 5 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old yielded six runs - five earned - and six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

"There were too many pitches where I missed my location," Young said. "In LA, my location was terrible. It wasn't terrible tonight, but there were a few pitches where I missed my spots. The home run balls, one of them wasn't a terrible pitch, the other one was a mistake pitch."

Arizona's Orlando Hudson drew a walk in the seventh inning and has now reached base in every game this season. Usually only praised for his slick glove, the second baseman is off to a torrid start at the plate, leading the team with a .341 batting average.

San Diego concluded its two-city, six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. The Padres will return to Petco Park for a six-game homestand starting Friday.

"We feel as though we are better than that," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We saw some good things on this trip, like some of the young guys starting to hit. We are still playing well."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 6 1
    ARIZONA 0 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 x 7 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SDG - CHRIS YOUNG, DOUG BROCAIL (6TH), JUSTIN HAMPSON (7TH) AND ROB
    BOWEN
    ARI - LIVAN HERNANDEZ, DOUG SLATEN (8TH), BRANDON LYON
    (8TH), JOSE VALVERDE (9TH) AND MIG

    Apr 27 12:09 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN GILES SCORED JOSE CRUZ JR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B GILES ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 4
    ARIZONA 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR SAN DIEGO: A GONZALEZ (.315, 1-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 11:52 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BYRNES ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ARIZONA 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.341, 0-FOR-3)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 11:42 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY TONY CLARK (4) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF CHRIS YOUNG SCORED CHAD TRACY.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, ARIZONA 6
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.244, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 11:18 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TONY CLARK (3) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF CHRIS YOUNG.
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3, ARIZONA 4
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.234, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 10:39 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY LIVAN HERNANDEZ SCORED CARLOS QUENTIN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M MONTERO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ARIZONA 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.194, 0-FOR-1)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 10:18 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY CHRIS YOUNG ALLOWED STEPHEN DREW TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M MONTERO ON FIRST, C QUENTIN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ARIZONA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: L HERNANDEZ (.333, 0-FOR-0)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 10:16 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY STEPHEN DREW SCORED CHAD TRACY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S DREW ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SAN DIEGO 3
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C QUENTIN (.161, 1 HR, 2 RBI)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 10:08 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SAN DIEGO 3 3 2 0
    ARIZONA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: SDG - CHRIS YOUNG
    ARI - LIVAN HERNANDEZ

    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C YOUNG (.197, 2 HR, 10 RBI)
    E BYRNES (.292, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
    O HUDSON (.353, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

    Padres vs. DiamondbacksApr 26 9:47 PM