Petco Park has been long regarded as a pitcher’s haven, a place where power evaporates and warning track fly outs are the status quo. No one sent Justin Upton that memo.
Upton homered in the 8th inning to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. It was Upton’s second consecutive game with a home run. San Diego won the series to improve to 6-4 on the season.
Ender Inciarte led the game off with a single off of Padres starter Brandon Morrow. Two batters later, Paul Goldschmidt homered to give Arizona a very early 2-0 lead. The blast was Goldschmidt's third of the year.
Justin Upton led off the second inning with a single off of Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson. Yonder Alonso followed with an RBI double to pull the Padres within a run. Anderson escaped the inning by retiring the next three batters.
Padres’ starter Brandon Morrow turned in his second straight strong outing at home. After the first inning home run, Morrow did not allow another run. Morrow went seven innings for the second consecutive outing, allowing the two runs and seven hits. He walked one batter and struck out five.
With the score tied at 2 in the eighth, Justin Upton stepped to the plate with the game on the line. The first two batters of the inning, Derek Norris and Matt Kemp flew out. Upton sat on a first pitch fastball from Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado and slammed it over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.
Padres closer Craig Kimbrel slammed the door in the ninth for his third save as a Padre. Joaquin Benoit, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning, received the win. Benoit leads Major League Baseball with three wins.
The Padres will have an off-day tomorrow before traveling to Chicago to battle the Cubs.
WP: Joaquin Benoit (3-0)
LP: Randall Delgado (0-1)
S: Craig Kimbrel (3)
Notable for Arizona: 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 RBI (9). Hitting .344. LF Ender Inciarte, 2-for-4, 2B, R. Hitting .406. SP Chase Anderson, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K's.
Notable for San Diego: CF Wil Myers, 2-for-4, R, 2B. LF Justin Upton, 3-for-4, 2 R, HR (3) RBI (7). Has 10-game hitting streak. SP Brandon Morrow, 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K's.