Indeed, the D-backs shook up their roster before the game, making eight roster moves -- which according to STATS was the most 25-man roster players involved in a non-September transaction in franchise history -- in an effort to jolt a team that started the day seven games below .500.
Ray kept things close through four innings, allowing just a pair of runs, but it was clear he would not be long for the game as his pitch count rose quickly. By the end of the fourth inning, he was at 82 pitches.
He would not last through the fifth, as the Padres hit back-to-back homers off him.
"I felt good coming out of the bullpen," said Ray, who struck out eight on his 97-pitch effort. "I felt strong with all my pitches, and I was able to get out of some jams there, but I just left a few pitches up, and they made me pay for it. It's just frustrating because I know I'm better than that."
The Padres poured it on against the D-backs' relievers as Dominic Leone and Josh Collmenter -- two of Friday's additions -- struggled.
Leone allowed a two-run homer to Derek Norris in the fifth, and then Collmenter, who had been on the disabled list all season, was able to get just one out in the sixth as the Padres tacked on four more runs.
"He obviously wasn't locating many pitches, a lot of balls, got behind, and they just seemed to do a good job of getting the ball up," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Collmenter. "We were looking for him to maybe give us three, four, five innings to get through the rest of the game, and it just wasn't going to happen."
The D-backs dropped to just 7-18 at home this year.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.