SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers snapped a 15-game homerless streak at Petco Park during the Padres' 3-2 win over the D-backs Monday night, helping to spark the San Diego offense and back up yet another solid start from Clayton Richard.
"He was great," said Padres manager Andy Green of Richard. "Got out of a couple dicey situations with some key ground balls. Gave us multiple opportunities to turn double plays. Continues to roll ground balls."
Richard tossed six shutout frames before Arizona managed to score a run on Kyle Jensen's seventh-inning RBI triple. The 33-year-old lefty induced 12 groundouts -- his 66.5 percent ground-ball rate is the highest among starters with at least 50 innings -- and has now managed a 1.71 ERA in his seven games since joining the San Diego rotation on Aug. 14.
"It's been a while since I've had an opportunity to start consistently," Richard said, "and I feel as if I'm better now than I've been in my whole career. So I just want to keep on getting out there and doing what I can do to help the team win."
Arizona starter Braden Shipley cruised through his first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. After giving up the home run to Myers, Shipley labored through 36 pitches and seven batters. He allowed just two earned runs during the outing, but after essentially doubling his pitch count in one frame he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fifth.
"I just didn't really feel myself tonight," Shipley said. "Everything felt a little off, but I just kind of told myself to do what I needed to do to pitch as long as I could and give the team a chance to win. I thought I was battling there at the end."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Action for Adam:Adam Rosales' best position is likely not shortstop, but you wouldn't know that after the eight plays he made Monday, including a diving stop in the hole to rob Brandon Drury of a single in the first inning.
"I think really the tempo was set in the first inning with Rosy making those plays," Richard said. "He had a bullet hit at him and I think a couple innings later he had another rocket hit at him and he handled both those. So I think that really set the tone and kept us where we need to be."
Myers sets a new mark: After driving his 26th home run a Statcast-estimated 359 feet into the right-field seats, Wil Myers set the new single-season record for homers at Petco Park. His 16 dingers in San Diego this year surpassed the 15 that Justin Upton (2015) and Will Venable (2013) managed in years prior. The homer was his first at Petco since Aug. 5 vs. the Phillies, snapping a 15-game homer drought at his home park.
"It wasn't until they put it up on the [video] screen that I even knew about it," Myers said of his new record. "But you know what, that's pretty cool. I enjoy hitting here. It's a very comfortable atmosphere to me and, you know, everybody talks about it being a pitcher's park -- I think it's a very fair ballpark and I enjoy hitting here." More >
Happens in threes: Jensen's triple in the seventh was the 55th on the season for the D-backs, who lead the Majors in three-baggers. Chris Owings leads the National League in triples with 10 while Jake Lamb has nine.
"He did a good job," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Jensen. "Good at-bats. He hit that ball hard to center field and you know it's great to see that out of the guys coming up from the Minor Leagues showing us they can play here."
What a relief: After struggling in the starting rotation, D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin has found success in the bullpen. With two scoreless innings Monday night, Corbin has allowed just two runs in his last 14 1/3 innings spanning seven appearances. The D-backs still view his long-term future as a starter.
"He did a nice job," Hale said. "The ball was moving well, he's obviously got the good velocity and his breaking ball has got some bite. It's great to see, I think he's pitching with confidence. We're happy to see it."
"He was outstanding. He's got so much energy on the baseball field. It's infectious. I think everybody loves playing with him. You know when he makes the diving play, he's like the kid in Little League that can't help but smile when he runs off the field. There's no playing it cool or trying to look like you got it all figured out. He's going to smile as big as he possibly can." -- Green on Adam Rosales' play at shortstop
With runners at first and second in the second inning, D-backs outfielder Mitch Haniger hit a grounder to Rosales, who flipped to second baseman Alexi Amarista for a forceout at second. Amarista's throw to first was late, which allowed Haniger to reach base. The D-backs challenged the out call at second saying that Amarista didn't touch the base while the ball was in his glove. After a short review the call stood.
WHAT'S NEXT D-backs:Archie Bradley will take the ball for the D-backs in the second game of the three-game series. Bradley won his last start against the Dodgers when he allowed three runs over six innings.
Padres:Paul Clemens is coming off his best start of the season, but has still been unable to work deeper than 5 1/3 innings this year. He's tried to be too perfect when attacking hitters and that has bitten him repeatedly. First pitch for game two is at 7:10 p.m. PT.