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Despaigne's pitching lifts Padres to 4-1 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 13, 2014 at 1:32 am •  Published: August 13, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — With as many pitches Odrisamer Despainge throws, sometimes he forgets about the most basic one: a fastball.

Not Tuesday night.

Despainge leaned on it in helping the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.

By limiting his assortment of off-speed offerings he won for the first time in over a month.

"His stuff is pretty good," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "He got back to stuff instead of deception."

Despaigne pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, leading the Padres to their fourth straight win. Despaigne (3-3) struck out eight and walked two for San Diego, which has won 10 of 13.

Chris Nelson drove in two runs in the eighth inning for the Padres.

Alexi Amarista and Abraham Almonte also drove in runs. Yasmani Grandal had two of the Padres' six hits.

The Padres fielded a starting lineup with seven players from Latin America for the first time in franchise history.

Yohan Flande (0-5) went six innings and gave up four hits and two runs as Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games.

It was Despaigne's first win since June 29 against Arizona, when he won in the second of his first two major league starts.

"He had better use of the fastball and threw it with a little more convention and that set up the other pitches," Black said. "That is something we talked about in between starts. That was great to see that he took a pitching plan and into the ballgame and executed it based on our conversation of fundamental pitching."

Despaigne allowed 10 runs in his last two outings before rebounding against Colorado, the major's worst road team at 18-43 and worst overall at 46-73.

"In the big leagues, hitters make adjustment if they see a guy doesn't have command with the fastball, they are not going to swing at the breaking ball," Despaigne said through a translator. "Today I threw all the pitches for the strikes and I was aggressive with fastball."

Colorado's run came on Corey Dickerson's ninth-inning homer, his third in three games.

"He had good stuff and kept a lot of people off balance tonight," Dickerson said.

Almonte put the Padres up 2-0 in the fourth when his sacrifice fly scored Rymer Liriano. Liriano reached on his first major league hit — an infield single.

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