Arizona swept a three-game series at home against San Diego last weekend and followed by winning three in a row at Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks swept only one three-game set last season, and never won more than two in a row on any road trip while finishing a major league-worst 51-111.
Luis Gonzalez snapped a seventh-inning tie and three relievers combined for four scoreless innings as Arizona defeated Los Angeles 6-3 on Wednesday night. After starter Jeff Weaver hit Craig Counsell on the arm with the bases loaded to tie the score at 3, Gonzalez delivered a two-run single to right field off left-hander Kelly Wunsch.
“It’s a totally different ballclub,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a whole new attitude here. Our team has a lot of confidence. We’ve got guys who know how to play the game now and find ways to win. We’re getting guys on base and timely hits when we need them. We’re jelling well together on this trip, but we still have a long way to go.”
San Diego followed the series with Arizona by losing two of three at San Francisco. Tim Redding allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings and committed one of the Padres’ two errors in a 10-3 loss to the Giants on Wednesday.
“Everybody is frustrated,” left fielder Ryan Klesko said. “We play a couple of good games, then we fall back.”
Padres center fielder Dave Roberts, playing his ninth game after suffering a groin injury sustained in spring training, had two of San Diego’s seven hits. Roberts, who had 38 stolen bases last season, was caught for the first time in three attempts this year after leading off the fourth inning with a single.
“It’s hard to put together a game as bad as we did today,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “There’s absolutely no excuse for it. We were just horrible. That’s pathetic baseball. They know it.”