PHOENIX -- The D-backs had their biggest inning of the season in support of another solid outing from Jeremy Hellickson, picking up a 7-2 win and a series victory over the Padres on Sunday at Chase Field.
A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt both drove in a pair of runs during the D-backs' seven-run second inning. Hellickson gave up two runs on six hits in six innings, posting his sixth quality start in his his last seven outings and winning for the fourth time in six starts.
"It was a really good job," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Hellickson's day. "It's not easy when you get that lead, and he kept going right at them, getting strike one, just kept them away from the big inning."
Padres starter Andrew Cashner continued to suffer from some bad luck, falling to 2-9 after giving up seven runs, four of which were unearned. However, the right-hander also had his shortest outing of the season, lasting just four innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Batting around: The D-backs sent 11 batters to the plate in the second and struck for seven runs on just three hits. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Nick Ahmed with one out. Ahmed reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Jake Lamb to score the first run when Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks' throw pulled Derek Norris off home plate. Pollock and Goldschmidt each hit a two-run single in the rally and Hellickson helped himself out with an RBI hit-by-pitch.
"We hit some balls well that inning, but it wasn't like we were just clubbing them," Hale said. "We took some walks, we made him pitch, and we took advantage of the mistakes."
Error prone: The Padres committed two errors in the second -- Middlebrooks made a poor throw and Clint Barmes let a grounder get past him. They were San Diego's 43rd and 44th errors of the season and increased Cashner's unearned-run total to 19. More >
Making them miss: With a runner on third and one out in the sixth, Hellickson notched back-to-back strikeouts of Norris and Will Venable. It gave Hellickson a season-high seven strikeouts after he had previously struck out six in five outings. More >
"I felt good," Hellickson said. "My command was pretty good for the most part and I made some pitches when I needed to to keep some crooked numbers off the board."
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Brett Wallace picked up his first hit in the Majors since Sept. 27, 2013, with a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth. Wallace, called up Friday, just missed a home run by a few feet on the shot to the right-center gap.
Pat Murphy lost his first challenge as interim Padres manager in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Middlebrooks' throw to the plate on a groundball pulled catcher Norris off the base and allowed Ahmed to score. Murphy challenged that Norris kept his toe on the plate, but after 3 minutes, 11 seconds, the call stood.
In the same inning, D-backs manager Chip Hale used a challenge when Goldschmidt was called out trying to steal second base with one out. The call was overturned after a 3-minute, 15-second review and Goldschmidt was awarded his 12th stolen base of the season.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres: After an off-day on Monday, the Padres' road trip continues with three games against the Giants, starting at 7:15 p.m. PST on Tuesday. Odrisamer Despaigne gets the start in the series opener and the right-hander owns a 1.10 ERA in his career against the Giants.
D-backs: After a day off on Monday, the D-backs open a six-game road trip with a three-game series against the Rockies on Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. MST. Chase Anderson takes the mound looking for a win in his third straight start. The right-hander has allowed just three earned runs in his last 18 2/3 innings pitched.