Aybar ends pitchers' duel with HR off Greinke

Aybar ends pitchers' duel with HR off Greinke

SAN DIEGO -- Erick Aybar's eighth-inning blast broke up a crisply played pitchers' duel between Jhoulys Chacin and Zack Greinke, and sent the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

The two-hour, 13-minute affair marked just the second 1-0 game this season, and the first in the National League.

Aybar took advantage of a hanging 3-2 slider from Greinke and deposited it into the right-field seats for his first homer of the season. It was Greinke's only mistake of the night, as he allowed five hits and struck out six while tossing a 96-pitch complete game. Aside from Aybar's home-run trot, no Padres hitter touched second base.

Greinke strong over eight frames

"The command was really good," Greinke said. "Probably the best command I've had. That was a good thing."

One bad pitch spoils Greinke's stellar start

Chacin matched Greinke with eight brilliant innings against his former club, allowing only three singles and retiring the last 14 batters he faced. In two starts at Petco Park this season, Chacin has yet to allow a run over 14 2/3 frames.

Chacin's dominates over eight

"My sinker was really working today." Chacin said. "I was able to throw my sinker for strikes, and when that got going, I was able to throw my slider, my changeup, my curveball. I threw all my pitches -- that was the key to why I was able to go deep in the game."

Chacin turns in yet another dominating start

On a night that was all about the pitchers, perhaps it was fitting Aybar broke the tie. After all, he's one night removed from his pitching debut after serving in a mop-up role on Tuesday. At the plate, Aybar found himself in a bit of a slump, and was on the field for early batting practice nearly six hours before first pitch.

It paid off rather quickly.

"That's what we were working for," said Aybar, whose dinger snapped an 0-for-16 skid. "That's what we were trying to do. It worked out for me."

Radio Call: Aybar's go-ahead HR

Maurer power: Following Aybar's home run, the Padres opted to use Manuel Margot as a pinch-hitter for Chacin, who had thrown 101 pitches. That left the ninth for closer Brandon Maurer, who coughed up the winning run Monday in Atlanta. After allowing a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock -- who finished 2-for-3 with a walk -- Maurer retired three straight D-backs. He whiffed Jake Lamb to end the game, leaving Pollock stranded at third.

Maurer earns the save

"It started very well," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of the ninth. "We felt comfortable knowing, once A.J. got on, that we were going to have the strength of our lineup coming up. Mauer made some key pitches in key moments against some very good hitters, so you have to give him some credit."

The inning could have turned out very differently if not for some impressive defense by Wil Myers. With one out, the Padres' first baseman made a nice pick on a low throw from Ryan Schimpf. Pollock would advance to third, but no further.

With his fourth-inning single off Greinke, Myers extended his hitting streak to 10 games -- the longest streak in the National League and the second longest in baseball. It also marked his 48th career hit against the D-backs, tied with Colorado for his most against a single club. But Myers was promptly erased when Greinke got Yangervis Solarte to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Solarte leads the Majors with eight GIDPs this season -- already more than he hit into all of last year.

"They went toe-to-toe all night long, then Aybar just got the big swing for us." -- Padres manager Andy Green, on the two pitchers

Wednesday's game was the fastest played at Petco Park since May 21, 2015, when the Cubs and Padres played for two hours and seven minutes. The quickest game in stadium history was played between the Padres and Astros on Aug. 23, 2005.

D-backs: Patrick Corbin gets the start for the D-backs on Thursday night at 6:10 p.m. MST in the final game of this 10-game road trip. Corbin is looking to rebound after allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings against the Dodgers in his last time out.

Padres: Clayton Richard starts Thursday, with first pitch slated for 6:10 p.m. PT. Among National League starters, no one has induced ground balls at a higher clip this season. In his most recent outing, a loss in Atlanta, Richard induced 14 groundouts without a single flyout over six innings.

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