Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5

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PHOENIX (AP)—Danny Bautista delivered what Arizona needed.

Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, and the Diamondbacks stopped their franchise-record losing streak at 11 games Wednesday night with a 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

“Coming from behind, that’s where you get a lot of confidence,” Bautista said.

Chad Tracy had a three-run homer, Quinton McCracken hit a two-run drive and Luis Gonzalez had a run-scoring double as Arizona rebounded from one-run deficits three times for its first victory since beating the New York Yankees 6-1 on June 17.

“It was the most beautiful win I’ve ever seen,” manager Bob Brenly said “We made some mistakes tonight. We threw the ball around a little bit, we walked some guys, we put ourselves into some jams, but we just kept coming back.”

McCracken, traded to Seattle in December and released by the Mariners in June, was recalled from Triple-A Tucson before the game. He immediately settled into his accustomed role as a spark plug.

“It was good to win, break the streak and hopefully right the ship,” said McCracken, who has had 34 of his 60 career RBIs with the Diamondbacks after the sixth inning.

The Diamondbacks overcame four errors, which matched their season high. Starter Brandon Webb and Stephen Randolph each threw a wild pitch, but Randolph (2-1) struck out two batters in the seventh for the win.

Elmer Dessens pitched a scoreless eighth, and Mike Koplove finished for his first major league save.

Brian Giles tied a career high with five hits and drove in two runs for the Padres, who had won seven of their previous eight games. Sean Burroughs, playing for the first time after missing four games with shoulder tendinitis, added an RBI single.

“I was just disappointed we didn’t win,” Giles said. “These guys lost 11 or 12 in a row or whatever, so they were going to snap out of it, and tonight they got some big hits when they had to.”

With Arizona trailing 5-4 in the seventh, Blaine Neal (0-1) walked Roberto Alomar, Steve Finley singled and Bautista lined a pitch on one hop to the wall in left-center. McCracken boosted the lead with his homer in the eighth.

Padres starter Brian Lawrence allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, and tied his season high with four walks after a five-game series in which he allowed only one walk.

“We just hurt ourselves with a couple of leadoff walks,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Webb gave up five runs—two earned—and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the first, but Tracy’s homer onto the deck of the swimming pool in right field put Arizona ahead in the fourth. It was the Diamondbacks’ first lead of the three-game series.

San Diego went ahead 4-3 in the fifth on RBI singles by Burroughs and Giles around a run-scoring throwing error by shortstop Tim Olson.

Gonzalez’s RBI double tied it 4-all in the bottom half, but Giles put San Diego ahead in the seventh with his second double of the game.

“We knew we weren’t going to lose the rest of the way out, but to get this one tonight—especially with some of the miscues we had on the field—wasnice,” Gonzalez said. “So, hopefully, this is something we can build on.”


Gonzalez’s double was his 1,000th hit in his 5 1/2 years with the Diamondbacks. … Attendance was 24,275, Arizona’s smallest home crowd of the year. … The Padres had won five straight against Arizona. … Padres rookie C Humberto Quintero was 0-for-4 after getting hits in his first five major league games. … Giles’ first five-hit game was July 29, 2000, for Pittsburgh againstSan Diego.

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