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- San Diego Padres
- Arizona Diamondbacks
By Forrest Lee, The Sports Xchange September 24, 2013 1:05 AM
SAN DIEGO -- Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer and the San Diego Padres scored for the first time in three games on their way to a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday before an announced crowd of 15,869 at Petco Park. The Padres (73-83) beat the Diamondbacks (79-77) for the fifth straight time at Petco. They also scored for the first time since a 2-0 win Friday over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who blanked the Padres in wins Saturday and Sunday. Hundley connected off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy for his career-high 12th home run to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning. McCarthy (5-10) allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked none, throwing 89 pitches (64 strikes). Padres starter Eric Stults gave up a run and scattered seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. He threw 116 pitches (74 strikes). It was the second straight win for Stults (10-13), who snapped a 10-game winless streak by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in his last outing on Sept. 17. San Diego closer Huston Street retired the side in order for his 33rd save in 34 chances. Padres shortstop Ronny Cedeno was hit in the head by a pitch from reliever Heath Bell with two outs in the seventh inning. Cedeno left the game, but the extent of his injury was unknown. In the eighth, Luke Gregerson of the Padres threw an inside pitch that missed second baseman Aaron Hill, leading to home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt warning both benches. Chase Headley's RBI single to center scored Chris Denorfia for a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first, ending the Padres' 21-inning scoreless string. Denorfia led off with a hit and advanced to second on a groundout. The Diamondbacks opened the second with consecutive singles by Matt Davidson, Wil Nieves and Cliff Pennington to load the bases. After McCarthy struck out, Davidson came home on a fielder's choice by Adam Eaton to tie the score. It stayed that way until the sixth, when Hundley crushed a 0-1 pitch by McCarthy for a three-run homer. The two-out blast landed near the second deck of the Western Metal Supply building in left and gave the Padres a 4-1 lead. NOTES: Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning double. ... A single in the fifth inning allowed Eaton to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Padres OF Will Venable was out of the starting lineup due to an abdominal injury. Venable has been ailing for the past couple of weeks, manager Bud Black said. His return is unknown.