Shawn Estes looks to continue his domination of the San Diego Padres as the Arizona Diamondbacks try to bounce back from their first loss in seven games in the middle game of their weekend series at Petco Park.
Estes posted his ninth straight win against the Padres on Sunday, allowing three runs, three hits and walking four over seven innings of an 8-6 victory at Bank One Ballpark.
The 32-year-old left-hander limited San Diego to one run through six innings before serving up a two-run homer to Jesse Garcia.
“He pitched great, mixing speeds again, and throwing a good curveball,” said Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin of Estes, who has won two of three decisions overall this year. “He’s a veteran guy and he’s giving us the performances we expected him to give us.”
Estes improved to 13-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 22 career starts against San Diego. His last loss to the Padres came on September 19, 1999, at Qualcomm Stadium as a member of the San Francisco Giants.
“I hate to keep saying it, but when Shawn Estes throws strikes, he’s tough,” admitted San Diego first basemen Phil Nevin, who is batting .182 (6-for-33) with nine strikeouts lifetime against Estes.
Estes looks to get the Diamondbacks back on track after their season-high six-game winning streak was snapped with a 5-4 loss in 15 innings to the Padres on Friday.
Nevin homered and drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 15th.
He finished 3-for-8 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. Nevin has 13 RBIs in that span.
Mark Loretta tied his career high with five hits for the Padres, who posted just their second win in seven games.
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