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Kennedy gets support to beat Diamondbacks 12-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 26, 2013 at 1:08 am •  Published: September 26, 2013
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"It was just a hanging changeup right there down the heart of the plate," Gibson said. "He's just going to have to make better pitches."

The Padres' Tommy Medica homered in the fourth to tie the score 2-2. It was Medica's third homer since being elevated from Double-A on Sept. 10 and it landed in the sand box outside the fence in center field.

"We got a little spark when Tommy hit it into the sand," Black said.

Medica's blast erased Kennedy's mental error in the top of that inning, one that came without him delivering a pitch.

Paul Goldschmidt opened with a double and advanced to third on Martin Prado's single. With runners at the corners, Kennedy stepped toward third on a pick-off attempt, but didn't throw the ball. Goldschmidt scored on the balk for a 2-1 lead.

"I missed the sign," Kennedy said. "That was my mistake."

The Diamondbacks had pulled even at 1 in the third when Delgado drove in Gerardo Parra with a single up the middle. Parra led off the inning with a double after Kennedy retired the first six batters.

Two doubles got the Padres a run in the first. Headley's double off Parra's glove in right-center chased home Denorfia, who was aboard after his one-out double.

Long-time Padres' minor leaguer Chris Robinson's three-run homer in the eighth was the first hit of his career, coming on his sixth major league at-bat.

"That was the highlight of the year," Gyorko said. "That was awesome."

Rene Rivera, Headley and Denorfia all had three hits for the Padres.

NOTES: Venable isn't 100 percent with his abdominal strain, but he returned to the starting lineup. Venable, who has a team-high 22 HRs, missed two games. ... SS Ronny Cedeno, who was beaned by a pitch from Heath Bell on Monday, remains out with a headache. ... Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a fourth-inning double. ... Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (8-10) starts in Thursday's series finale. He's 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA since returning from a hip contusion on Aug. 17.