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Pollock belts winning homer as Diamondbacks defeat Padres

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PHOENIX -- Center fielder A.J. Pollock took a chance and it paid off Monday night.

Pollock hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Diego Padres 7-5.

"I knew a single wasn't going to win it," Pollock said. "I'm not trying to slap a single there. I'm trying to hit it into the gap and drive in the run."

Right-hander Kevin Quackenbush (0-1), the Padres' fifth pitcher, bounced a one-out pitch that hit second baseman Cliff Pennington in the lower right leg in the ninth inning. Quackenbush retired pinch-hitter Eric Chavez on a force out at second, but Pollock drove the first pitch he saw over the balcony overhanging center field for his first career walk-off home run.

"It happened really quick," Pollock said. "When you get a pitch like that and put a good swing on it, it's good. It going over the fence was pretty cool."

Right-hander Brad Ziegler (1-1) earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out three over two innings.

The Diamondbacks have won three of their past four games after being swept in St. Louis.

"We've lost some tough games recently," Pollock said. "I think we're getting back to where we're never out of it."

After Arizona scored twice in the second, Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross retired eight of the next nine Diamondbacks and faced the minimum over the next three innings.

But that changed quickly in the sixth, when Arizona strung together five consecutive hits to regain the lead at 5-4 and end Ross' night.

The Diamondbacks entered the bottom of the sixth trailing 4-2. Pollock opened the inning with a single to left, and right fielder Gerardo Parra beat out a bunt single that died on the infield grass between home and third. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Miguel Montero followed with RBI singles to tie the game at 4-4.

Third baseman Martin Prado then doubled into the left-field corner, scoring Goldschmidt to put Arizona back in front by a run.

The lead, however, was short lived.

Padres infielder Tommy Medica hit a two-out double to center in the seventh inning to end starter Brandon McCarthy's night, and shortstop Everth Cabrera doubled to left off left-hander Joe Thatcher, scoring Medica to make it a 5-5 game.

"It was a great game, no doubt about that," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We got back in the game after 2-nothing with a big inning, they bounced back, we bounced back with a home run. They got the last at-bat and put a good swing on a high fastball."

Ross went five innings plus the five hitters in the sixth, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits with five strikeouts. McCarthy lasted 6 1/3, giving up five runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.

Neither starter walked a batter.

"He had a little hiccup there but other than that he went back out there in the seventh and got us deep into the game," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson.

The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the second against Ross.

Prado hit a one-out single, and left fielder Cody Ross blooped a hit just into shallow right field.

Tyson Ross struck out shortstop Chris Owings, but second baseman Cliff Pennington followed with a sharp grounder to left-center field. Prado scored from third, and Cody Ross came home when Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista bobbled the ball before getting it back to the infield.

"I was missing my spots by a little bit and they put some good swings on the ball," Ross said.

The roof was opened to start the fifth, the same point the Padres pounced on McCarthy.

First baseman Yonder Alonso hit the right-hander's first pitch of the inning into the right-center-field pool area to cut Arizona's lead to 2-1. McCarthy rallied to get two quick outs, but Amarista and Tyson Ross singled before Cabrera hit a long home run down the right-field line to give San Diego a 4-2 lead.

"It felt like you're pitching an outdoor game one minute then you open your eyes and it's an outdoor game," McCarthy said. "The ball doesn't do the same things. When you throw on the side you get a feel for what your pitches are doing. (Opening the roof) changes things just a bit."

NOTES: Padres manager Bud Black lost a replay challenge for only the second time in eight tries. San Diego RF Seth Smith hit a long drive high off the batters' eye in center and was called out on a close play at third. Black challenged the call, but it was upheld after a delay of 3:01. ... Arizona manager Kirk Gibson also was unsuccessful on a replay challenge when 3B Chase Headley was called safe on an attempted pickoff at first base. That delay was 2:12. ... Padres CF Will Venable, who was hit by a pitch Sunday, was a late scratch due to a sore right foot. Alexi Amarista took Venable's spot. ... San Diego LF Carlos Quentin returned to the lineup after missing eight starts due to a right groin injury. ... Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill was given the night off after fouling a pitch off his left ankle during the second game of Arizona's doubleheader Sunday against the Mets in New York. ... Arizona RHP Bronson Arroyo said his right elbow, which manager Kirk Gibson termed as "tender" after a six-inning start Sunday, is no cause for concern. Arroyo, 37, has never missed a start in his 15-year, 365-start career.
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