PHOENIX -- The Padres had won two games in a row and six of their last 10 entering Monday night's matchup against the D-backs. They trail the first-place Giants by 15 games in the National League West, but there is reason for optimism.
Entering Monday night, Carlos Quentin was hitting .311 with seven doubles and seven home runs with 16 RBI in 27 games since he returned from the disabled list. Alexi Amarista had six hits in his last 11 at-bats, including three home runs, in his last four games.
Amarista hit a home run in his first at-bat Monday.
"We are starting to get some guys back and it takes a while to integrate themselves back in," Padres manager Bud Black said. "There's a continuity factor going on now with the position players. On the pitching side, things have smoothed out a little bit."
The Padres still rank at the bottom or near the bottom of every offensive category in the National League.
"Even though numbers are not where we want them," Black said. "Statistically, they are down compared to other clubs but I do sense better things are happening."