D-backs take early lead, fend off Padres' rally

D-backs take early lead, fend off Padres' rally

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' bats came alive as they collected 10 hits and got a solid outing from Zack Greinke to snap a four-game losing streak by beating the Padres, 8-7, on Saturday night at Chase Field.

The Arizona offense got going early with a two-run first inning and it added five more in the second, chasing Padres starter Cesar Vargas (0-3). Michael Bourn drove home a pair of runs with a single and Paul Goldschmidt capped the inning with a two-run homer to left, his ninth of the year.

"We came out firing," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Lot of good at-bats and obviously pitch-counted Vargas and did a nice job. Made him throw the ball where we wanted to hit it and guys got him. Goldy of course the big home run, but a lot of good at-bats by a lot of guys so that was good early on. I just wanted to keep adding on, that's one of the things we're really stressing and we're going to get better at."

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Matt Kemp hit a solo homer in the first, but the Padres offense struggled to do anything else against Greinke through the first five innings. Finally in the sixth, they broke through with three runs, thanks in part to three doubles, to cut the D-backs lead to 8-4. They added three runs in a ninth-inning rally against Brad Ziegler.

"It's a tribute to the guys, how hard they fight, to get all the way back to one against a very good closer," said Padres skipper Andy Green. "… When you're down 7-1 to Zack Greinke and you come back and make it an 8-7 ballgame, there's a lot to build on the next day."

Bourn to run: Bourn has been quite a pickup for the D-backs after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this month. He is 11-for-22 in five games started for the D-backs, after his 3-for-4 performance Saturday night.

"Really good," Hale said of Bourn. "It's tough to take him out of the lineup even with a lefty going because he's got a good stroke going." More >

Bourn's two-run single

2-3-4 deliver: Bourn, Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb combined to go 6-for-11 with five runs scored and six RBIs. What had to be particularly encouraging for the D-backs was Goldschmidt collecting a double, homer and a pair of walks. The one out he made was a hard hit line drive that first baseman Wil Myers made a diving catch on.

"It was good for the team to score, come out early and get those two runs after Kemp hit that homer and then tack on another five there," Goldschmidt said. "We were trying to score the rest of the game, but we got one more. We did a pretty good job getting guys on, we just weren't able to broaden the lead a little bit."

Goldy's two-run blast in the 2nd

Off-base: With one out in the sixth, Yangervis Solarte hit what appeared to be a routine bouncer to first. But the ball ricocheted off the side of the bag and past Goldschmidt down the right-field line. It resulted in an RBI double, but Solarte would be thrown out at the plate on Brett Wallace's single later in the frame.

"If we had it back to do it all over again, we might've not been as aggressive in that moment," Green said. "But you make split-second decisions out there, they're sometimes very difficult in the heat of the moment, and we've erred on the side of aggression for the majority of the year. I'm OK with that." More >

Segura nabs Solarte at the plate

• The Padres made it a perfect 2-for-2 on reviews in the seventh inning, after Chris Owings' shot to straightaway center field was ruled a homer. After an umpire review, replays showed that the ball hit below the yellow line on the center-field wall, the call was overturned and the hit was ruled a double.

Owings nets double after review

• Owings followed his homer-turned-double by swiping third, but was initially ruled out. This time, Hale challenged, and the call was overturned when the replay showed that Owings' hand reached the base before Wallace applied the tag.

Owings swipes third base

Padres: Drew Pomeranz looks to continue his torrid start to the season when the Padres finish their series with the D-backs on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. PT. Pomeranz's 1.70 ERA through nine starts is the third lowest in Padres history -- behind only Randy Jones in 1975 and Jake Peavy in 2007.

D-backs: Archie Bradley will be called up from Triple-A Reno to start Sunday's series finale against the Padres at 1:10 p.m. MST. This will be Bradley's third start for the D-backs. And his third stint in the big leagues this year.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. .

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001.

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