The Diamondbacks have won 11 straight games at Bank One Ballpark, tying the club mark set in May 2000.
They again have Shea Hillenbrand to thank for their most recent victory. Hillenbrand homered and drove in four runs Wednesday to lead Arizona to an 8-3 win in the series opener.
Hillenbrand also set a franchise record Monday with 15 total bases in a 14-6 rout of Colorado. He has 11 hits in his last 14 at-bats, and is hitting .368 in 18 games with Arizona since being acquired from Boston for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim.
The Diamondbacks lead the Philadelphia Phillies by one game in the National League wild-card race. They’ll look to maintain that lead as they try to complete their second straight series sweep and their fifth of the season.
The Padres had won two straight and eight of 10 before Wednesday. They will try to avoid being swept for the seventh time this season.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 4 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Jarvis (1-2, 5.22 ERA). Jarvis broke a four-start winless streak Saturday, giving up two runs and three hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The 33-year-old right-hander is 1-3 with a 5.35 ERA in six career games against the Diamondbacks.
DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Elmer Dessens (5-5, 4.75 ERA). Dessens comes in after losing for the first time in nine starts dating to May 20, giving up two unearned runs and five hits over seven innings in a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. In nine career games against the Padres, the 32-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.83 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .313 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 19 HRs and 52 RBIs; Rondell White, 41 runs; Ramon Vazquez and Shane Victorino, 7 SBs. Diamondbacks - Gonzalez, .316 avg., 18 HRs, 63 RBIs and 60 runs; Tony Womack, 8 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Diamondbacks, 6-3.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - 2B Loretta is batting .143 (2-for-14) in his career against RHP Dessens. … OF Phil Nevin, out since spring training with a shoulder injury, will start his rehabilitation assignment Monday as the designated hitter for Class A Lake Elsinore. … 3B Sean Burroughs has reached base in 13 straight games, batting .356 (15-for-46) in that span. Diamondbacks - LF Gonzalez is batting .227 (5-for-22) in his career against RHP Jarvis. … LHP Randy Johnson, on the disabled list recovering from right knee surgery, will throw 70 pitches Thursday in a rehab start for Double-A El Paso. … Arizona has won its last 12 series against San Diego at Bank One Ballpark.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 16-29 on the road; Diamondbacks - 27-18 at home.
INJURIES: Padres - INF Keith Lockhart (back), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; OF Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL. Diamondbacks - C Rod Barajas (wrist), 15-day DL; INF Junior Spivey (ankle), 15-day DL; INF Womack (knee), 15-day DL; OF Danny Bautista (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Curt Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; LHP Johnson (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL.
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