Padres-Diamondbacks Preview

JEFF MEZYDLO (STATS Senior Writer)
The Associated Press

It's been two weeks since the San Diego Padres last won consecutive games.

They'll try to do it again Wednesday night in the decisive finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

First baseman Tommy Medica had three hits, including a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning of San Diego's 4-3 win Tuesday. The Padres (24-29) have won three of five following a four-game losing streak, but are trying to win back-to-back contests for the first time since a season-high four-game run May 9-13.

Medica is 5 for 7 in three games since he was recalled from the minors Sunday, and is 10 for 21 with two home runs and three RBIs in six career games versus Arizona (21-33).

Tim Stauffer (2-0, 1.90 ERA) earned a second straight start for the Padres after he gave up two hits in five shutout innings of an 11-1 home rout of the Chicago Cubs on Friday. It was the first start since May 14, 2012 for Stauffer, who has appeared in 13 total games this season.

"Growing up, in high school, college and the minor leagues, I started," said Stauffer, 21-28 with a 4.12 ERA in 71 career starts, to the Padres' official website.

"I feel that I can start at this level. I don't mind the bullpen, either. I want to pitch in the major leagues."

The right-hander has allowed one run over 10 1-3 innings in six relief appearances against the Diamondbacks since he gave up four hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 2-0 win in his most recent start versus Arizona on Sept. 16, 2011. In five starts against the Diamondbacks, Stauffer is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA.

Arizona's Cody Ross is 1 for 12 in the last four games, but 4 for 9 with a double against Stauffer.

Teammate Martin Prado hit his first homer of the season Tuesday, and is batting .474 with 11 RBIs in 11 career games against the Padres at Chase Field.

Arizona's Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06) allowed a run and two hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in his major league debut May 11, then yielded five on two homers in the same number of innings during an 18-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 17.

The right-hander threw three scoreless innings against the New York Mets on Friday before rain postponed that contest before it was an official game.

"We try to encourage him to throw the ball the way he's thrown it in the minor leagues," said manager Kirk Gibson to the Diamondbacks' official website about Anderson, who was 4-2 with an 0.69 ERA in six starts for Double-A Mobile this year.

"It's a great way to gain experience for him. ... He's had to grind it out. The goal is to get him deeper into a game, and that's his goal as well."

It's likely Anderson won't face San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal, who left Tuesday after being hit on the back of his glove hand by Paul Goldschmidt's bat. Grandal is 2 for 33 with 12 strikeouts in his last 13 contests.