Prior to Friday night, Casey Kelly had not started a Major League game in 1,094 days -- or two years, 11 months and 28 days. But in his first start since Sept. 27, 2012, Kelly struggled early. Unfortunately for Kelly and the Padres, San Diego was unable to recover as it dropped Friday's opener, 6-3, to the D-backs.
Following Arizona's six-run showing in the first two innings, Kelly retired the last 11 batters he faced, finishing the night with five innings. Kelly also walked a batter while striking out one.
San Diego scored in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames. Jedd Gyorko put the Padres on the board first with an RBI groundout in the fourth to score Matt Kemp, recording his 55th RBI of the year. Wil Myers and Alexi Amarista each collected an RBI, with Myers going 1-for-3 and Amarista going 1-for-4.
The Swinging Friars matched the D-backs on hits (six), but San Diego went a combined 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position while ultimately stranding six baserunners.
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