Diamondbacks rally from 6-point deficit to beat Padres 7-6
Arizona had two batters hit by pitches with bases loaded in the same game for the first time in team history — in back-to-back plate appearances, no less.
San Diego escaped a big jam, largely thanks to a double play that went from second baseman to catcher to shortstop.
A night of bizarre footage ended with the weirdest yet: a runner scoring from second on a squibber down the right side.
Josh Rojas scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning when shortstop CJ Abrams couldn’t handle a throw to second base, and the Diamondbacks rallied from a late six-run deficit to beat the Padres 7-6 Tuesday.
“You can’t make up some of the things I saw today,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We took advantage of a lot of key situations and won a baseball game, and I’m excited for those guys. They were excited. It was fun to be out there in the field watching this celebration.
Arizona trailed 6-0 after six innings, but scored four in the seventh and tied with two more in the eighth.
Mark Melancon (3-6) blocked a third-row runner in the ninth inning after a first walk and two wild pitches, setting the stage for a dramatic end.
Taylor Rogers (0-4) got the first two outs in the bottom half, but gave up singles to Rojas and Ketel Marte. Christian Walker then hit soft, spinning ground on the right side which was picked up by first baseman Eric Hosmer, who threw to second trying to catch Marte. He slid hard into the bag, ripping the ball out of Abrams’ grasp, and Rojas dove headfirst into home plate to spark a wild celebration.
“I definitely drew something to help the team for sure, but I barely got it,” Walker said. “Tough pitcher, hard at bat with a good slider and just trying to keep it simple. I was lucky for sure.
It didn’t look good for the Diamondbacks at first.
Arizona struggled against Sean Manaea – a field single – and San Diego appeared to be in control after scoring six runs against Zac Gallen in the fifth. Jorge Alfaro hit a three-run brace and Nomar Mazara homered a two-run homer.
Leading 6-0, Padres manager Bob Melvin decided to fire Manaea for the seventh.
The movement backfired.
Bobby Kennedy chased the southpaw with a two-run brace and Carson Kelly followed with a Tim Hill brace. Alek Thomas cut San Diego’s lead to 6-4 with an RBI groundout.
Arizona charged the no-outs in the eighth and Luis Garcia hit Kennedy with a pitch to force a run. Another slapped batter tied the game, but San Diego converted a home-second double play and Rogers retired Thomas to end the inning.
“He was riding pretty well,” Melvin said of Manaea. “If I could do it again, I probably would have knocked him out after the second batter in the inning, not the third.”
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Manaea and Gallen faced off last week with similar lines: two runs on four hits over six innings.
They got off to a similar parallel start on Tuesday night, causing weak takedowns and lazy popups through the first four innings.
Gallen faltered first, giving up six runs in fifth. He allowed six runs and seven hits.
“Zac didn’t have his best thing today,” Lovullo said. “I thought he was very effective at the start, then in that six-point run I just think he was making mistakes and just couldn’t catch his breath.”
Manaea dominated the Diamondbacks most of the night, pitching six scoreless innings. He wasn’t sharp in the seventh after Melvin opted out and allowed three runs and three hits over six innings.
Padres: 3B Manny Machado ran the bases and lined up the grounders before the game as he nears a return from a sprained left ankle
Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 26, with right shoulder inflammation. He’s 2-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 starts this season. Arizona has recalled RHP Sean Poppen from Triple-A Reno and must decide what to do with Davies’ place in the rotation.
Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner allowed two or fewer runs in six of seven home games heading into Wednesday’s start against San Diego RHP Mike Clevinger.
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