Late home run gives Padres series win over Diamondbacks


The Arizona Diamondbacks came up one run short of taking 2/3 from the San Diego Padres in the Dbacks first road trip of the season.

Instead, Justin Upton hit a laser home run off of Randall Delgado in the bottom of the 8th inning to seal the Padres eventual 3-2 win on Wednesday night to take the rubber match of the three game series.

Coming into Wednesday, the two NL West rivals were tied up one game piece during their first series of 2015.

The Dbacks grabbed the win on Monday. The Padres responded with a victory of their own on Tuesday.

On Monday, the Dbacks offensive explosion, led by Ender Inciarte, snapped a three-game winning streak for the Padres. Inciarte went 3-5 with four RBIs and a run scored in the series opener at Petco Park.

The Dbacks as a team, meanwhile, put four runs on the board in the second inning off of Padres starter Andrew Cashner.

The Padres would pull within one and trail 4-3 heading into the 7th, but the Dbacks tacked on a run in the inning and three more in the 8th and eventually won it 8-4.

Cashner (0-2) took the loss. Dbacks starter Rubby De La Rosa (2-0) was awarded the victory after six innings of work where he allowed three runs on six hits.

Tuesday night was all San Diego as the Padres put up three runs in the bottom of the first innings. Jeremy Hellickson (0-2) struggled in the beginning, but settled down and held San Diego scoreless from the 2nd through the 4th inning.

The Dbacks only offense was an RBI double by Mark Trumbo to score David Peralta in the 4th.

The Padres added a run the 5th and one more in the 7th to go up 5-1. The Padres would make that the final score in the 9th and evened the series at a game a piece. All 5 runs were charged to Hellickson, who took home his second loss of the season.

Wednesday night was a tough one to swallow for Arizona.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st, the Dbacks failed to score the rest of the night.

Instead, Dbacks’ starter Chase Anderson gave up a run in the 2nd and a run in the 6th to tie things up 2-2.

Anderson left the game after the 6th with a no decision.

In the 8th, Delgado managed to get the Derek Norris and Matt Kemp to fly out to start the inning. But on the first pitch of his at bat, Justin Upton smashed a solo blast to left field and gave the Padres the lead 3-2 going into the 9th.

The Padres handed it over to their man, Craig Kimbrel, to close it out. He did just that.  Kimberly retired the Dbacks in the 9th without giving up a run to beat Arizona 3-2 and picked up his third save of 2015.

For the Dbacks, they are now 4-5 on the year. San Diego, meanwhile, is 6-4.

Up next, the Dbacks will make the quick flight up to San Francisco to begin a four game series against the Giants at AT&T Park.