Godley, Pollock lead D-Backs past Padres 6-2Posted: Updated:
Zack Godley settled down after a shaky start to throw 5 1/3 solid innings and singled home a run as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Saturday night.
A.J. Pollock had a solo homer and RBI single for Arizona. Deven Marrero tripled in a run, doubled and scored twice, and Paul Goldschmidt had a double and an RBI triple.
The NL West-leading Diamondbacks, losers to the Padres 4-1 on Friday night, will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound Sunday to try to extend their franchise record with a seventh consecutive series win to start the season.
Pitching on his 28th birthday, Godley (3-1) gave up two runs in the first inning and blanked the Padres over the next 4 1/3. Andrew Chafin, Fernando Salas and T.J. McFarland held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way.
Godley struck out eight and walked one in an outing abbreviated by a high pitch count. San Diego's Clayton Richard (1-2) had similar issues. The left-hander went five innings plus a batter, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking three.
Jose Pirela and Christian Villanueva singled in the Padres' first and, with two outs, Franchy Cordero -- who hit a 489-foot homer the previous night -- doubled off the wall above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center to bring both runners home.
Arizona tied it in the second. Chris Owings singled and scored on Marrero's triple into the right-center gap. Richard struck out John Ryan Murphy for the second out, but Godley's dribbler up the middle got through the infield and brought home Marrero to make it 2-2.
The Diamondbacks grabbed the lead for good with two down in the third when Pollock homered just over the fence in right field, his team-leading fifth of the season.
Arizona tacked on another in the sixth. Owings led off with a walk, ending Richard's night. Side-arm reliever Adam Cimber came on and got two quick outs, one when catcher Austin Hedges threw out Owings trying to steal. But Marrero, John Ryan Murphy and pinch hitter Daniel Descalso reeled off consecutive singles, the last bringing in a run, and it was 4-2.
Goldschmidt tripled off the center field wall to bring in a run in the seventh and scored on Pollock's single.
Padres: Placed OF Hunter Renfroe on the 10-day DL with right elbow inflammation and reinstated CF Manuel Margot. Margot was hit by a pitch at Colorado on April 10 and has been out with bruised ribs. Margot was the leadoff batter Saturday night.
Diamondbacks: CF Pollock and RF Owings were back in the lineup after missing a game following their outfield collision Thursday night. ... 3B Jake Lamb (sprained shoulder) is expected to return sometime during the team's road trip next week. ... OF Steven Souza Jr. (strained right pec) is to resume throwing Sunday after being shut down for a few days.
A crowd of 38,820 attended ultra-popular, heavily-bearded reliever Archie Bradley's bobblehead night. The first 20,000 received the doll, which -- complete with sound -- commemorates Bradley's unlikely two-run triple in last season's NL wild card game win over Colorado.
Lefty Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.65 ERA), coming off a one-hit shutout of San Francisco, tries to keep the series-winning streak alive. San Diego will counter with LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-0, 1.66).
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