Padres knock off Diamondbacks 7-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm •  Published: August 24, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — Chase Anderson recovered after struggling early, tossing three scoreless innings.

Once Arizona's rookie right-hander reached the fifth inning, any momentum he had was gone.

Anderson gave up two runs in the first inning and a three-run homer to Yasmani Grandal in the fifth, sending the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

"I kind of lost the feel in that fifth inning. I can't really tell you why," Anderson said. "I felt good, my command and my fastball was coming back in the third and fourth inning — no rhyme or reason. Just have to work on it."

Padres starter Ian Kennedy (10-11) was strong in his return to Chase Field.

The right-hander struggled in his first game back in the desert a year ago, but pitched into the sixth inning and struck out six to beat his former team.

Grandal provided plenty of support, hitting a deep sacrifice fly in the first inning and clearing the wall easily in the fifth with a three-run homer off Anderson (7-6).

Pinch-hitter Will Venable added a two-run homer and Joaquin Benoit worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save to give San Diego manager Bud Black his 600th career win.

"It was a little different my first time, but this time was no different," Kennedy said. "I've been a Padre for over a year now and it kind of goes away."

Arizona fell behind early when the Padres hit Anderson hard and never fully recovered. Cliff Pennington hit a solo homer and Miguel Montero had a two-run single for the Diamondbacks, who went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

"We had opportunities," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We left 10 guys out there today. They got more of their guys in than we did."

Kennedy pitched at Chase Field for the first time since the trade last Aug. 27, but didn't factor in the decision after allowing six runs on six hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Kennedy was sharp early against the Diamondbacks this time, striking out five the first four innings. He made a couple of pitches he would have liked back in the sixth inning, allowing Arizona to load the bases before Montero lined a two-run single up the middle.

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