“It was exciting to get another strong bat in the lineup,” Ryan Klesko said after the Padres routed Curt Schilling and the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-2 Wednesday night. “Phil Nevin just got back in the lineup, and it was nice to have another addition like that, get some good power.”
Nevin hit a grand slam, Klesko had a three-run homer and Sean Burroughs had his first four-hit game for the Padres, who had 16 hits and won their second straight against Arizona.
The Diamondbacks remained 1 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race.
Giles was 2-for-5 with an RBI in his first start for the Padres, who obtained him Tuesday from Pittsburgh. He had singles in his first two at-bats.
He was excited to join the team he followed as a youngster in San Diego.
“You’ve got Burroughs, that’s real young, that’s swinging the bat really well, and then you have Ryno and Phil that have track records and have reputations,” Giles said. “You know, we could be pretty dangerous one through five.”
Schilling (7-8) allowed 12 hits, the highest total off him since Colorado had 14 last Sept. 20. He pitched seven innings and allowed five runs, matching his season high.
“He gave up an unusually high number of hits for Curt Schilling,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. “It was very apparent early on that they were going to be aggressive.”
Brian Lawrence (7-14) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings, improving to 2-0 in four starts since stopping a career-high, five-game losing streak.
“The wins we’ve been getting, we haven’t been scoring until the sixth, seventh or eighth innings and coming from behind,” Lawrence said. “It’s nice to get some runs early in the game and have a little comfort level out there.”
After giving up a two-run triple to Steve Finley in the first, Lawrence retired 21 of his next 23 batters.
“We hit the ball hard at times,” Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez said. “We just couldn’t get any hits.”
Luther Hackman finished the five-hitter, clinching a series win for the Padres, who had been 0-12-1 in their previous 13 series in Phoenix.
Nevin, who had been San Diego’s only starting position player without a hit, homered off Steven Randolph later in the inning. It was Nevin’s sixth career slam, his first since Oct. 6, 2001, against Colorado’s Scott Elarton.
Giles went into the left-field seats unsuccessfully trying for a long foul by Raul Mondesi in the eighth inning. Padres manager Bob Bochy, whose team played the first 102 games without Nevin after the right fielder dislocated his shoulder, worried about the effort—then said it was Giles’ style.
“He’s a great player,” Bochy said. “He’s going to add a lot to this ballclub. He’s the kind of guy that the guys feed off of just by the way heplays the game.”
Burroughs had three hits five times previously, most recently on May 31 against Arizona. … Finley leads the NL with nine triples, one ahead of Atlanta’s Rafael Furcal. … Nevin’s slam was the first against the Diamondbacks since June 27, 2002, when Houston’s Greg Zaun hit a walkoff homeroff Byung-Hyun Kim.