SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres pitcher looked familiar, producing an outing the Arizona Diamondbacks once saw on a regular basis.
"He was more like the way he (used to) pitch," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. "The last time I faced him, he was throwing too much secondary stuff and was falling behind in the count. Then, 3-0, 3-1, you just have to throw strikes."
Kennedy (7-10) was on the mark Wednesday night, pitching the Padres past the Diamondbacks, 12-2.
He struck out seven and allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings while facing his ex-team for the second time since being acquired by the Padres on July 31. He had a no-decision in their previous encounter.
"He was aggressive with his fastball," Montero added. "His command was pretty good. When his command is good and he is aggressive with his fastball, his secondary pitches are better. That's what he did. It was one of those days it's like the old Kennedy."
The Diamondbacks peddled Kennedy to the Padres this summer, baffled with his inconsistent performances. But since landing in San Diego, Kennedy has found some velocity and control, going 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA in 10 starts.
Kennedy came to the Padres in exchange for pitchers Joe Thatcher and Matt Stites and a draft pick.
"He came out a little different," Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson said of Kennedy. "He threw a lot of fastballs early. He made some good pitches on the corners and he caught some guys off guard."
The Padres were on to Arizona starter Randall Delgado (5-7). He lasted five inning after surrendering six runs and seven hits.
"He's just got to make better pitches," Gibson said.
The Padres hit three homers, four batters had at least two RBIs and four batters finished with multiple hits.
Jedd Gyorko continued his solid season, as his 21st home run placed him one ahead of the Atlanta Braves' Evan Gattis for the major league lead among rookies. Chase Headley had three RBIs, with Gyorko and Chris Denorfia getting two each.
Gyorko's two-run homer capped a four-run fifth that gave the Padres a 6-2 lead. Denorfia accounted for the other runs with a two-run single which scored Kennedy and Will Venable.