Montero hits 2-run homer, D-backs beats Padres 3-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 1:33 am •  Published: June 29, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Miguel Montero and the Arizona Diamondbacks are moving up.

Montero hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, lifting the Diamondbacks past the Padres 3-1 on Saturday night and out of last place in the NL West.

The Diamondbacks started the season 8-22. With the win, they moved percentage points ahead of the Padres in the standings at 35-48.

"I guess it's good to get out of last place," Montero said. "I hope we continue like that and see where we are going."

Montero struck out against Eric Stults in his first at-bat but connected for his 11th home run next time up. The homer came on a changeup, something he had missed on in his earlier at-bat. When Stults tried to fool him later, Montero was ready.

"I put a good swing on that one," he said. "It was middle, middle-in, and sometimes those are pulled foul. But it stayed fair so I guess I stayed inside the ball very good."

Josh Collmenter (6-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings, giving up one run and five hits as Arizona won consecutive games for the first time since June 7-8 against Atlanta.

Addison Reed worked the ninth inning for his 19th save in 22 chances. He was the fourth Arizona reliever, a group which didn't allow a hit or run over the final 3 2-3 innings.

"I kind of wished I would have gone deeper in the game," Collmenter said. "But the bullpen did a great job tonight."

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson saluted his bullpen as well, and noted it was a typical game at Petco Park.

"It's hard to score in this park and we played just well enough to win," he said.

It was difficult for Padres manager Bud Black to accept the loss, the Padres' third straight defeat.

"One bad pitch," Black said of Stults' offering to Montero. "Tried to get a changeup down and away and he just missed his spot."

Stults (2-11) became the majors' leader in losses, with an NL-high 5.36 ERA. He also went 5 1-3 innings and yielded three runs — two earned — while giving up just three hits. Stults walked three for the second straight game and stuck out two in losing his career-high sixth consecutive start.

Paul Goldschmidt was aboard for Montero's homer, after walking and reaching second on a botched double-play attempt.