Solarte fuels Padres' power display in Arizona

Solarte fuels Padres' power display in Arizona

PHOENIX -- The Padres found a healthy way to take out their frustrations from a recent four-game losing streak: They turned Chase Field into their own launching pad.

Three Friars went deep in the fifth inning Friday night -- including back-to-back jacks from Matt Kemp and Yangervis Solarte off D-backs starter Robbie Ray. Derek Norris also got in on the fun, and Solarte would later tack on his second home run of the night, as the Padres cruised to a 10-3 victory.

"From an offensive standpoint, there's been a number of guys who've kind of been through it this season," said Padres skipper Andy Green. "So from an individual perspective, I think it's a sigh of relief for some guys, an opportunity to kind of build on a game. It's a launching point. It's nothing more than that."

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While the offense was busting out, left-hander Christian Friedrich turned in his best performance as a Padre. He stymied the D-backs over seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits and a walk.

Friedrich's dominant start

Ray, meanwhile, was hit hard for five runs on nine hits in 4 2/3. Third baseman Brandon Drury got the D-backs on the board in the eighth with a two-run shot into the left-field seats, his eighth of the season, and Jake Lamb added a solo blast in the ninth.

"It's one game, one loss," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "It's not a good way to open a homestand. We've got to get rid of it tonight and come back and be competitive tomorrow."

Drury's two-run home run

Double solar power: With home runs from both sides of the plate, Solarte joined a select group of San Diego switch-hitters to go deep from both boxes in the same game. He's only the sixth Padre to do so, joining Ken Caminiti (eight times), Geoff Blum, Milton Bradley, Yasmani Grandal and Chase Headley (twice).

"It's something that I could never do," Green said. "There's only very few people who can do it. ... He was very frustrated with [the popup in his second] at-bat. So to see him flush that and have two really good at-bats and drive two balls out of the park from both sides -- fun to watch." More >

Solarte's two home runs

Work in progress: One way or another, the fifth inning was going to be Ray's final inning thanks, once again, to a rising pitch count. Being efficient with his pitches has been a point of emphasis for Ray, but he threw 26 pitches in the first inning and had 64 after three.

"Just going to take this start and go forward with it and work on some stuff in my next bullpen," Ray said. More >

Ray starts double play

Kemp crushes: The Padres right fielder has struggled mightily of late, but facing Arizona seems to be the cure. Kemp's fifth-inning dinger opened the floodgates, and he finished the night 3-for-5. With 32 homers against the D-backs, Kemp is second among active players, trailing only Adrian Gonzalez.

"It's a very hitterish ballpark," Kemp said. "You've got to score a bunch of runs, or you never know. I've played a lot of crazy games here, and I've seen a lot of crazy things happen. Everybody came out tonight. I think everybody felt good at the plate. We needed this as a team."

Kemp's solo home run

No glove, no problem: The D-backs put a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs in the fourth, but Friedrich managed to escape, albeit in unconventional fashion. Chris Owings hit a sharp one-hopper back to the mound, knocking Friedrich's glove off his right hand. Barehanded, Friedrich coolly chased after the baseball, which had trickled to the left side, and flipped it to first for the final out.

"You've just got to remember there's 10 runs on the board," Friedrich said. "Guy hits a solo homer, but if you're being too fine with a heater and you end up walking a guy, it can turn into two instead of one. So keep that in the back of your mind and be aggressive in the zone."

Friedrich loses his glove

• According to STATS, the eight roster moves by the D-backs on Friday involving the 25-man roster were the most on a single (non-September) day in club history.

• The last time three Padres went deep in the same inning came on Aug. 10, 2008, when Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jody Gerut and Brian Giles went deep in a 16-7 Padres victory.

Padres' three homers in the 5th

Padres: Coming off his longest start, Cesar Vargas will get the ball on Saturday night, as the Padres look to win the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PT. Vargas allowed two runs over seven innings against the Dodgers last Saturday, as the Padres gave him a longer leash than they had in the past.

D-backs: Zack Greinke will get the start Saturday night at 7:10 MST. Greinke was outstanding in his last start against the Cardinals on Sunday, when he allowed one run over eight innings.

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