Ojeda leads Diamondbacks over Padres, 7-4Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX — Augie Ojeda had three hits and drove in three runs, Chad Tracy hit his second home run in two games and Arizona beat San Diego 7-4 Sunday.
Tracy finished a triple short of the cycle in his first start since Sept. 9. The Diamondbacks' final home game this season was likely his last home game at Chase Field. Arizona is not expected to exercise his $7 million option for 2010.
Ojeda had two doubles and a bunt single, and his two-run double with two outs in the seventh inning gave Arizona a 7-4 lead.
Adrian Gonzalez hit his 40th home run for San Diego, which has lost two in a row after winning six of their previous seven.
Tracy' solo shot tied the game at 3 in the sixth, the first run in a three-run inning capped by Stephen Drew's two-out, two-run double.
Gonzalez capped a three-run fourth with a two-run shot that gave the Padres a 3-0 lead.
Gonzalez became the fourth Padre to hit 40 home runs in a season, joining Greg Vaughn (50, 1998), Phil Nevin (41, 2001) and Ken Caminiti (40, 1996). He needs two more RBIs for his third straight 100-plus RBI season.
Juan Gutierrez struck out Oscar Salazar with runners on first and second in the ninth inning for his eighth save in nine opportunities of the season. He is 7 for 7 since replacing injured Chad Qualls on Aug. 31.
Arizona (68-88) has won three of its last five games and two of its last eight series, both against San Diego.
The Padres (72-85) are 15-9 in September and 34-23 since July 28, the second-best record in the NL.
Arizona right-hander Billy Buckner, a candidate for a spot at the back end of the 2010 starting rotation, retired the first nine batters he faced before walking Tony Gwynn Jr. to open the fourth.
David Eckstein lined a single to right field, and Gwynn scored and Eckstein took third when Justin Upton had the ball go under his glove and roll to the fence. Upton leads major league outfielders with 12 errors.
Buckner (3-6) gave up three hits and struck out six while walking two.
Tracy's home run, his eighth of the season, was upheld after umpires used TV replays to rule on possible fan interference.
Tracy hit his ball toward the swimming pool area in right-center field and San Diego center fielder Gwynn leaped at the fence in an attempt to bring the ball back in. The ball was clearly over the fence, but it appeared that Gwynn's glove struck a fan who was also reaching for the ball.
Gwynn immediately protested, as did San Diego manager Bud Black, but the play stood after review.
Ojeda followed Tracy's home run with a bunt single that San Diego starter Edward Mujica (3-5) fielded as he fell and could not make a play.
NOTES: Arizona drew 30,018 for its final home game, bringing its season attendance to 2,129,056, a drop of about 400,000 from 2008. San Diego third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who has missed the last 17 games with thigh and back injuries, went through a full pregame workout Sunday. "I wouldn't be surprised if he started Tuesday," manager Bud Black. San Diego is off Monday. Kouzmanoff is second on the team with 17 homers and 84 RBIs in 137 games. San Diego left fielder Drew Macias took a hit away from Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds with a diving catch to end the fifth inning. Two batters later, Reynolds made a barehanded pickup and throw to take a bunt single away from David Eckstein.