A trip to San Diego was all Luis Gonzalez needed to snap out of his offensive slump.
The veteran left fielder looks to continue his resurgence when the Arizona Diamondbacks complete their four-game series against the Padres at Qualcomm Park.
Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs for the second straight game Sunday, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory. Arizona won two of first three games in the series.
Gonzalez entered the series mired in a 10-game slump, during which was batting just .088 (3-for-34) with one homer and three RBIs. The slide dropped his average from .323 to .283.
However, Gonzalez has seven hits in this series, getting six of those— including the two homers—in last two games, to accompany his eight RBIs.
“I’m getting in a good groove,” said Gonzalez, who hit a two-run shot Sunday— his 12th homer of the season. “I’m starting to put together some good at-bats and the results are showing.”
The NL-worst Padres, who rallied for an 8-7 win Saturday, failed to win back-to-back games for the first time since winning three in a row April 23-25. San Diego has dropped 28 of 34 overall.
Arizona will turn to John Patterson in the finale. The 25-year-old righthander was recalled from Triple-A Tucson Wednesday to start in place of the injured Brandon Webb, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis near his right elbow.
The Padres will counter with right-hander Carlton Lower, who has completed a long trip back to the majors after missing nearly two full seasons with injuries sustained in a hunting accident.
STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 4th place, 9 1/2 GB, NL West. Padres - 5th place, 20 GB, NL West.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Patterson (0-2, 9.90 ERA). He allowed six runs and seven hits over six innings of a 10-2 loss to San Francisco. Patterson’s only other big league start this season was a 12-1 loss April 15 against Colorado in which he allowed five runs and five hits over four innings, striking out three and walking five.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Loewer (0-1, 6.43 ERA). Loewer, who hadn’t pitched since June 16, 2001, allowed five runs over 13 innings of his first two starts. However, he is coming off the shortest outing of his career as he gave up five runs and eight hits in just one inning Thursday, but didn’t figure into the decision of San Diego’s 8-6 win over Milwaukee. Loewer doesn’t have a decision to accompany his 3.24 ERA in three career appearances against Arizona, including one start.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Gonzalez, .296 avg., 12 HRs, 37 RBIs and 32 runs; Craig Counsell and Tony Womack, 5 SBs. Padres - Xavier Nady, .284 avg. and 30 runs; Ryan Klesko and Rondell White, 10 HRs and 30 RBIs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 5-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - 3B Shea Hillenbrand, acquired Thursday in a trade with Boston for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, made his Diamondbacks debut. He went 0-for-3 with two walks. … Arizona designated five-time All-Star 3B Matt Williams for assignment Sunday following Hillenbrand’s arrival. … OF David Dellucci suffered a concussion in a collision with shortstop Alex Cintron on a shallow fly leading off the third inning. He will likely miss Monday’s game. Padres - OF White went 3-for-4 Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .453 (24-for-53) during the run. … San Diego has lost four consecutive season series to Arizona after taking nine of 12 in 1998. … The Padres have used 38 players this season, including 19 pitchers. San Diego set a major league record last season by employing 59 players (tied by Cleveland later in the season), including a record 37 pitchers.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 12-14 on the road; Padres - 9-20 at home.
INJURIES: Diamondbacks - OF Dellucci (concussion), day-to-day; LHP Randy Johnson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Webb (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL. Padres - OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; OF Mark Kotsay (back), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (rib cage), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Kevin Jarvis (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jay Witasick (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL.