Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs

Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs rolled through a stretch of games against the Dodgers and Rockies, but it's the pesky Padres who give them the most problems these days.

Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges homered to lead the Padres past the D-backs, 4-2, on Monday night at Petco Park. San Diego has now won three of the last four games between the two teams, including a series win a little more than a week ago at Chase Field.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Renfroe blasts off in return to big leagues

Padres outfielder, among 5 callups, homers in first AB

Renfroe blasts off in return to big leagues

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres added some depth across the board Monday, with Hunter Renfroe headlining a list of five callups to the big league roster. The outfielder didn't wait long to make his presence felt.

One day after Triple-A El Paso saw its season come to an end, Renfroe, fellow outfielder Travis Jankowski, infielder Christian Villanueva, catcher Rocky Gale and right-hander Tim Melville all joined the big league club. In his first at-bat back with the Padres, Renfroe blasted a three-run home run to center field, propelling San Diego to a 4-2 victory over the D-backs.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Padres booth has a laugh during Renfroe AB

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Padres booth has a laugh during Renfroe AB

Some of the big entertainment came on Monday night when the D-backs fell to the Padres, 4-2, but it was in the broadcast booth where this took place. Don Orsillo never leaves us without a laugh and such was the case after Hunter Renfroe was hit by a pitch.

In the bottom of the fourth with the no outs, Patrick Corbin hit Renfroe on the back of his right knee. As he ran to first, the booth wanted to test out how this would feel if Orsillo were to get hit by a pitch in the exact same spot. And, well …

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Wood looks to bounce back vs. Godley, D-backs

Wood looks to bounce back vs. Godley, D-backs

The D-backs continue their postseason push Tuesday night when they send right-hander Zack Godley to the bump against left-hander Travis Wood and the Padres.

Arizona enters the matchup with a 4 1/2-game lead on the Rockies for the top National League Wild Card spot, while trailing the Dodgers by 9 1/2 games in the NL West. Any combination of Arizona wins or Milwaukee losses totaling six will clinch a postseason berth for the D-backs.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Quantrill on list of prospects with soaring stock

Quantrill on list of prospects with soaring stock

On Monday, we took a look at hitters who made the biggest leap forward in terms of prospect status in 2017. Now it's time to turn attention to the mound.

The pitchers on this list all turned in terrific seasons to jump much more firmly on the radar, pitching across multiple levels, often very young for the league they were in at the time. Some have gone from off the Top 100 prospects list to firmly on it, while others have leapt from the end of the list up close to the top.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solarte honors 'angel' on special anniversary

Padres third baseman says late wife inspired him on big day at plate

Solarte honors 'angel' on special anniversary

DENVER -- Yangervis Solarte carried his teammates in Sunday's dramatic come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the Rockies, and his triumph over adversity uplifted his teammates every bit as much as the victory that snapped a five-game skid.

A year ago to the day, the Padres were in Colorado, getting beat up by the Rockies to the tune of an 8-0 loss and 16 strikeouts from Jon Gray -- who struck out seven in five innings Sunday before the rain cut his start shot.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aybar plays catch with youngsters during delay

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Aybar plays catch with youngsters during delay

Erick Aybar is a team player. And when there's a rain delay, he makes sure he keeps busy -- interacting with young fans by playing a game of catch.

During the Padres' 4-3 win over the Rockies on Sunday, the teams waited out a rain delay. And while there wasn't a standoff like the one that occurred the night before, there was still entertainment at Coors Field. Aybar threw with a few young fans who brought their gloves down to field level.

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Hedges' squeeze bunt lifts Padres over Rox

Hedges' squeeze bunt lifts Padres over Rox

DENVER -- With a chance to make up for a one-out walk, and help the Rockies improve their playoff prospects, closer Greg Holland lost his grip in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. And because of it, the Rockies' handle on a playoff spot is a little weaker.

Holland fielded a squeeze bunt by the Padres' Austin Hedges and made a diving tag on Matt Szczur, who was making a headfirst slide to the plate. However, the ball popped out of Holland's glove when he landed, and the Rockies lost the game and a chance for a three-game series sweep.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Jonathan Mayo

Urias, Tatis Jr. on list of rising prospects

Urias, Tatis Jr. on list of rising prospects

The prospect landscape is always changing, with players seeing their stock rise and fall over the course of any season. The 10 hitters listed below made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 Prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down. On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the pitchers who moved up the most.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves' No. 1/MLB No. 6
Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in the early stages of the 2017 season. He then proceeded to make the Minor Leagues look easy, going from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way up to Triple-A, all at the age of 19. After finishing with a .325/.374/.522 line to go along with 21 homers and 44 steals, Acuna should hit Atlanta at age 20.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Results don't tell whole story of Padres' trip

Padres host Arizona, Colorado in final homestand starting Monday

Results don't tell whole story of Padres' trip

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The Padres open their final homestand Monday night, returning from a road trip that felt much worse than it really was.

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Tempers flare as Padres thumped by Rockies

Tempers flare as Padres thumped by Rockies

DENVER -- On a record-breaking night at Coors Field, the Rockies rolled to a 16-0 win over the Padres behind a stellar start from left-hander Tyler Anderson, who went six innings and gave up just two hits in his first start since June 25 (knee surgery). With the victory, Colorado increased its lead for the second National League Wild Card spot to 3 1/2 games over the Brewers, who lost to the Marlins.

"It was the same thought process as last time [four scoreless relief innings against the D-backs on Monday]," said Anderson, who took a no-hitter into the sixth. "Whether it's out of the bullpen or starting, just executing pitches with 30 pitches or 100 pitches or whatever you can do."

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Saturday. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Lamet's inner stats more important than record

Falling ERA, but no run support

Lamet's inner stats more important than record

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet is a recent victim of circumstances.
     
The 25-year-old's earned run average has fallen in each of his last four starts and in nine of his last 10 starts - falling from 6.40 on July 18 to 4.15 today.
     
And over his last four starts, Lamet has a 1.86 earned run average. He has allowed five runs on 18 hits and 12 walks with 28 strikeouts in 24 innings - having gone exactly six innings in each of those four outings.
     
Going back farther, Lamet has a 2.44 earned run average over his last 10 starts.
     
But Lamet is winless since August 15. Why? The Padres have scored a total of four runs in Lamet's five starts since then. They have scored no more than a single run in any of those five days.
     
Before his start Wednesday night in Minnesota - a game the Padres lost long after Lamet had departed - Padres manager Andy Green discussed Lamet's continuing improvement.
     
"If you look back to spring training, he didn't throw the ball very well and he was an early cut from camp for us," said Green of Lamet. "He didn't command the ball at all. He didn't show the slider he has. He pitched well the previous season and pitched himself onto the radar, but his spring training camp wasn't a great showing for him."
     
"So he goes down and throws the ball very well the rest of the minor league camp then starts the season throwing the ball well. For us, it's about Lamet commanding the baseball, throwing the ball for strikes and attacking the zone. You're seeing the stuff that gets good hitters out. And he's doing it repetitively over the last few months."
     
Green was asked about Lamet's changeup.
     
"The changeup is a nice pitch to have," said Green. "You watch his bullpens, it's there, it's useable. For him, it's his distant third pitch right now so you ask yourself how often you want someone to throw a pitch that is clearly inferior to his other two pitches?"
     
"I still like the fastball-slider dominant repertoire from him. But using the change on occasion and getting better with it, it's going to be helpful in the future development."
     
After allowing 11 homers in his first nine Major League starts, Lamet has given up only three in 10 starts since.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--SS Erick Aybar has reached base in six straight games, going 7-for-19 with a pair of walks - raising his batting average from .227 to .236.
     
--RF Jabari Blash is 1-for-15 in his last four games with eight strikeouts.
     
--C Austin Hedges is 4-for-10 in a three-game hitting streak with a double and Wednesday's game-tying home run.
     
--INF Yangervis Solarte has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 8-for-33 with a homer and three doubles.
     
--INF-OF Cory Spangenberg is 3-for-26 with one double, three walks, no RBIs and one run scored over his last eight games.

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Inbox: What are Padres' plans at shortstop?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers fans' questions

Inbox: What are Padres' plans at shortstop?

What is the plan at shortstop for 2018? Fernando Tatis Jr. is still a ways away. Are we still looking for a rental? Is Erick Aybar an option for '18 again?
-- Bryan A., San Diego

It wouldn't be a Padres offseason without question marks surrounding the future at shortstop. The 2017 campaign certainly tipped the scales in favor of Tatis winning that spot eventually. At 18, he set the single-season homer record with Class A Fort Wayne. Then Tatis made the jump to Double-A San Antonio, where he held his own. He is No. 55 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, and he is ranked fourth on San Diego's Top 30 Prospects list.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jesse Sanchez

Tatis Jr. taken 1st in DR Winter League draft

First five Dominican Winter League picks among MLB's Top 100 prospects

Tatis Jr. taken 1st in DR Winter League draft

Some of the biggest -- and youngest -- stars in the game are going home for the winter. The Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana, also known as the Dominican Republic Winter League, will be waiting for them when they arrive.

On Thursday, the league held its annual rookie draft in front of 500 fans, family and friends in a mall lobby in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The draft, which is for players in Class A Advanced or higher, who had not been previously selected by a winter league team, was broadcast live on national television and online.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richard's early stumble is costly vs. Rockies

Richard's early stumble is costly vs. Rockies

DENVER -- In his third start since returning to the Rockies' rotation from the bullpen, Tyler Chatwood tossed 5 2/3 strong innings and helped himself with a two-run single as Colorado defeated the Padres, 6-1, at Coors Field on Friday night.

With the victory, the Rockies' lead for the second National League Wild Card spot got a little stronger. The Cardinals, who lost to the Cubs Friday, fell to 3 1/2 games back. The Brewers, however, kept pace at 2 1/2 games back by riding an eight-run eighth inning to a 10-2 win over the Marlins in Miami.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Padres on Friday.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Padres announce 2018 season schedule

San Diego opens up with home slate vs. Brewers on March 29

Padres announce 2018 season schedule

SAN DIEGO -- For the first time since 2013, the Padres will begin a season against a team other than the National League West rival Dodgers. San Diego will open the 2018 season at Petco Park against the Brewers on March 29.

Padres' 2018 season schedule 

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres edged by Twins in walk-off loss

Padres edged by Twins in walk-off loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Twins manager Paul Molitor has often said, Eddie Rosario lives for big moments. Rosario came up huge for Minnesota, crushing a walk-off, two-run homer to right in the 10th inning to lift the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday night at Target Field. It helped the Twins maintain their two-game lead for the second AL Wild Card spot over the Angels, who beat the Astros.

It was the fourth walk-off win of the year for the Twins. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a one-out single off reliever Phil Maton. Rosario came up with two outs and smacked a 2-0 fastball high into the sky that stayed just fair, with Rosario nearly swinging out of his shoes and celebrating as he made it to first base. It left the bat at 106.5 mph at a launch angle of 35 degrees and went a projected 415 feet, per Statcast™. It was the hardest hit homer by Rosario since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Padres on Wednesday.

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Lamet gives up just one run in outing

Padres rookie has 10 straight starts with three or fewer runs allowed

Lamet gives up just one run in outing

MINNEAPOLIS -- The night before his start, Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet stayed up and visualized that he was facing the Twins' lineup.

The early preparation proved to be successful, as Lamet held Minnesota to one run over six innings in a 3-1, walk-off loss on Wednesday night at Target Field. The same bats that clubbed seven homers and lit up for 16 runs the previous night were stymied by Lamet's brilliance on the mound during the finale of the two-game set.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Padres on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Capps (blood clot) back on DL, done for year

Reliever missed all of 2016 after Tommy John surgery

Capps (blood clot) back on DL, done for year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Padres right-hander Carter Capps is done for the season after being placed on the 60-day disabled list with a blood clot on Tuesday. San Diego also announced that it selected the contract of right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso.

Capps went to the hospital on Monday night in Minnesota, prior to Tuesday's opener against the Twins. He had been dealing with pain in his right side, originally expecting it to be a kidney stone. He will remain in the Twin Cities until he is cleared to fly back to San Diego. The Padres hope that Capps will return to the mound for the 2018 season.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Padres on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wood struggles early, Padres blanked by Twins

Wood struggles early, Padres blanked by Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins clubbed a season-high seven homers to back another strong outing by Kyle Gibson in a 16-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday night at Target Field. Minnesota increased its lead for the second American League Wild Card spot to two games over the Angels.

Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (twice), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas all went deep in the lopsided affair. The Twins, whose seven homers set a Target Field record, became the first team in Major League history to hit a homer in each of the first seven innings. They are the first team to homer in seven consecutive frames in a game since the Cincinnati Reds on Sept. 4, 1999, according to Elias Sports.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Padres on Tuesday.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Green has Padres headed down right path

His club playing toughest part of schedule tough, but it's a long road

Green has Padres headed down right path

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Aug. 17 is an important date in the mind of Padres manager Andy Green.

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Lamet, Hand sliding their way to success

Padres hurlers' sliders are very different, but equally as effective

Lamet, Hand sliding their way to success

SAN DIEGO -- By definition, both Dinelson Lamet and Brad Hand throw a slider. The similarities between the two pitches end there.

Lamet's is high-octane, averaging 86 mph, but its drop is straight and less pronounced than Hand's -- which comes out averaging 82 mph and hooks from left to right.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Asuaje coming into his own for Padres

Asuaje coming into his own for Padres

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Padres manager Andy Green was recently asked to identify the biggest surprises of the 2017 season.

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Three solo homers too much for Padres

Three solo homers too much for Padres

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez delivered his second multi-homer game in less than a week as the D-backs topped the Padres, 3-2, at Chase Field on Sunday.

As an encore to his four-homer performance last Monday, Martinez hit a 461-foot homer in the second inning and added a 406-foot shot in the fifth. Both came off Padres starter Luis Perdomo. With the win, the D-backs maintained their five-game lead over the Rockies for the first National League Wild Card slot.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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Perdomo vying to be part of Padres' future

Perdomo vying to be part of Padres' future

PHOENIX -- The Padres are trying to determine the young arms who will be the building blocks of their future starting rotation. And on Sunday, right-hander Luis Perdomo continued to make a statement about being a part of that movement.

Perdomo has pitched six innings or better in his last 10 starts, dating back to July 22, despite losing this one to the D-backs, 3-2, at Chase Field.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Road woes continue to vex Chacin

Road woes continue to vex Chacin

PHOENIX -- It's been a bifurcated season for veteran Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin: splendid at Petco Park, but on the road, not so much.

Chacin avoided a loss to the D-backs on Saturday at Chase Field when the Padres came back from a five-run deficit with six runs in the ninth to win, 8-7. Even still, he's now 4-7 with a 6.98 ERA in 14 starts this year on the road, 8-3 with a 1.91 ERA in 15 starts at Petco Park.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres rally for six in ninth to beat D-backs

Padres rally for six in ninth to beat D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs had a chance to jump back into the win column Saturday night after a one-day setback, but relievers Andrew Chafin and Fernando Rodney blew a five-run lead in the ninth inning, and the Padres won, 8-7, at Chase Field.

The 82-60 D-backs have lost two in a row, and have a five-game lead in the race for the National League's top Wild Card spot over the Rockies, who beat the Dodgers, 6-5, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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Comeback a big confidence-builder for Padres

Down by five runs in ninth, young club battles back vs. D-backs

Comeback a big confidence-builder for Padres

PHOENIX -- For a baseball team searching to find its identity, Saturday night's dramatic, 8-7 comeback win at Chase Field by the Padres over the D-backs could take on dynamic proportions.

San Diego trailed by five runs heading into the ninth and for the second time this season came roaring back to beat D-backs closer Fernando Rodney, who has blown six big saves this season. The Padres then fought back a furious Arizona rally in the bottom of the inning to win.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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