ANAHEIM -- When general manager A.J. Preller pulled off a stunning December deal that landed Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, he did so picturing the offensive pop Kemp and Justin Upton -- another key acquisition -- could offer the middle of the lineup.
It showed up Wednesday, as the Padres secured their first series win since May 8-10 when they held on for a 5-4 victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium.
They got there with key contributions from a number of players, like Kemp and Upton who had back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh inning to put the Padres on top for good.
It was the ninth time in 48 games this season that duo has knocked in runs in the same game.
It wasn't just the bats of Kemp and Upton. Another first-year Padre, Will Middlebrooks, had a home run and three RBIs that helped San Diego finish a 3-3 road swing to Los Angeles.
And how about Kemp's arm?
That's right. Kemp threw out pinch-hitter Johnny Giavotella at second base to end the game, as he tried to stretch a single into a double. It was Kemp's fourth outfield assist of the season.
"I took a peek and saw him make a hard turn and saw him keep going and I made a good throw … it's as simple as that," Kemp said of Giavotella.
If Kemp doesn't throw out Giavotella, the top of the order comes up for the Angels, including potentially Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
"A throw to end the game, you've got some good hitters coming up after that guy. He ran into that last out. I'm just glad he did," Kemp said, smiling.
So, too, no doubt, was pitcher Andrew Cashner (2-7), who won for the first time since April 19. He came into this start with three runs scored for him in his last six combined starts. The Padres (23-25) had three runs by the fourth inning.
"Cash has been pitching his butt off, and we haven't scored many runs for him," Middlebrooks said. "We really wanted to get a 'W' for him tonight."
They did so with the new guys in the lineup doing most of the damage. Derek Norris doubled to start the second inning and scored on a Middlebrooks double. Then it was Middlebrooks with a two-run home run off Angels' pitcher Garrett Richards (4-3) in the fourth inning.
In the seventh inning, with two outs and two on, Upton snuck an RBI single into left field for a 4-3 lead. Kemp followed with a sharp single to right field, scoring another run. Upton now has 36 RBIs, and Kemp has 26.
"That was critical," said Padres manager Bud Black. "Those guys are middle-of-the-order bats. They're expected to produce runs. And they expect it out of themselves."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.