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Diamondbacks beat Padres 6-2

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 1:16 am •  Published: September 20, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — Edinson Volquez found one bright spot in the midst of the San Diego Padres' loss Wedneday.

For the first time in six years, the right-hander did not walk a batter.

"That is pretty good," said Volquez, who had walked at least one hitter in each of his past 108 starts, including six in his last outing Sept. 11 against St. Louis. "It felt good not walking anybody today."

Volquez (10-11) gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out five and did not walk a hitter for the first time since Sept. 25, 2006, for Texas against the Los Angeles Angels.

Three of the runs came during the fifth inning, when the Diamondbacks pieced together four hits, a hit batter and a balk to overcome a 2-1 lead.

"It was a bad inning. Just one inning," Volquez said. "I was under control the whole game but that one inning I gave up a few runs and that was the whole game."

With the Diamondbacks trailing, 2-1 John McDonald reached on an infield single to start the fifth. He went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Adam Eaton's triple to left-center field — his first career RBI in 44 at-bats and his first career triple.

"Usually the left-center field gap is the hardest place to get a triple, or maybe down the left-field line," Eaton said. "If you can get a triple to the left-center field gap you've got the horses going a little bit."

Eaton scored when Volquez was called for a balk for starting his motion, shifting his left foot back before taking his right foot off the rubber as Eaton crept down the line.

Volquez said he thought the umpire had called time out.

"He (the umpire) did something with his mask and then I stepped off with the wrong foot," Volquez said. "That was bad because there was a guy on third base and he scored."

Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt each hit RBI doubles to make it 4-2.

"It came down to that three-run inning," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They strung together some hits and we didn't. They bunched them together that inning."

Max Venable and John Baker had consecutive RBI singles for the Padres, who have lost two straight to the Diamondbacks after winning eight of their previous nine against them.

"We didn't get as many baserunners tonight as we have over the last couple of months," Black said.

Dan Wheeler had an RBI triple and Montero added a run-scoring double for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight. Arizona remained 4 1-2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

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