SAN DIEGO -- A pair of All-Star first basemen put on a power show Wednesday night at Petco Park, where Paul Goldschmidt's two homers paced the D-backs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres.
Goldschmidt opened the scoring in the first with a solo homer, before Wil Myers one-upped him with a two-run blast in the third. But Goldschmidt would get the last laugh, as his two-run sixth-inning moonshot into the Padres' bullpen proved to be the difference.
"Our pitching has done good this whole series and the first couple of games we weren't able to score," Goldschmidt said. "Really we didn't score that much tonight, pitching did a great job for three straight games -- bullpen, starters. They did a great job tonight. You don't win that many games with only three runs so it was nice to get that win."
D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke continued to struggle with his command as he walked four batters for the third start in a row (after never having done so previously this season). He was otherwise effective, allowing just two hits and two runs -- both courtesy of Myers' 27th big fly this season.
Meanwhile, Padres rookie Luis Perdomo was relatively solid over seven frames, allowing five hits while recording 13 outs via the ground ball. In fact, Goldschmidt was the only D-backs hitter to routinely put the ball in the air against the sinkerballer. His ninth career multi-homer game accounted for all three runs Perdomo surrendered.
"I felt good out there on the mound tonight, outside of those two pitches," said Perdomo, who has gone toe-to-toe with Madison Bumgarner and now Greinke in his last two outings. "... I take pride in being able to compete with some of the best in the big leagues. So for me it's definitely a confidence booster."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED 500 for Goldy: Goldschmidt's first home run -- a solo shot in the first -- gave him 500 RBIs for his career. The only other player in D-backs history to have 500 RBIs in a D-backs uniform was Luis Gonzalez, who drove in 774 during his time in Arizona. The two-homer game was his second this season and ninth of his career. The win meant more to Goldschmidt, though, who didn't learn about the 500th RBI until after the game and still wasn't sure when it happened.
"The only reason I know is I saw a text," Goldschmidt said. "You guys know I'm not too big on numbers and milestones and all that. I don't know which one it was because it was just good to get that win after losing the first two games."
Rookie respect: Making his much anticipated debut, Padres No. 3 prospect Hunter Renfroe had a bit of an unconventional first plate appearance, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the seventh. With an open base, the D-backs gave Renfroe a free pass, making him the first player to receive an intentional walk in the first plate appearance of his first game since the Blue Jays' Luis Lopez in 2001. The move worked, as lefty Edwin Escobar capitalized on a favorable matchup and got Jon Jay to bounce into an inning-ending forceout.
"The intentional walk the first at-bat -- I guess that's the best thing you can possibly do, honestly, to get your feet wet," said Renfroe, who earned Pacific Coast League MVP honors this year.
Added Green: "I guess the league already respects him."
Second baseman Carlos Asuaje and outfielder Manuel Margot also debuted. Asuaje struck out before Renfroe's walk, and Margot entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth.
Wil power: Myers entered Wednesday's game having struggled mightily against Greinke, with just two hits in 21 at-bats. But he jumped all over a 1-0 curveball from the veteran right-hander in the third inning and deposited it in the Padres' bullpen. It was Myers' 17th homer at Petco Park this season, the most all-time. He's hitting .319 at home this year, but just .203 on the road.
"It's one of those things that's probably a little bit to do with playing in front of your home fans, but a lot to do with just the random variance of baseball that changes from year to year," Green said. "A guy shows up and he hits really well in a park one year and I hope that carries over, but I know that he's going to be substantially better on the road next year."
Greinke gets it done: It wasn't a masterpiece, but Greinke found a way to record his first win since Aug. 30, a span of three starts. Greinke was not overly sharp, which caused him to walk four and in turn ran up his pitch count limiting how deep he could pitch in the game.
"They battled," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of the Padres. "They did it all three games. They were very patient and then when they got two strikes they would foul some balls off." More >
"Those guys all have certain attributes that you want on the baseball field late in the game. With Margot, his speed and his defense, Hunter his ability to drive a ball out of the ballpark drive in runs, Asuaje's hits -- they're all out there for a reason." -- Green
WHAT'S NEXT D-backs: After traveling to Baltimore on Thursday the D-backs will open a three-game series with the Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards. Shelby Miller will get the start as he faces Baltimore for the first time in his career.
Padres:Christian Friedrich takes the hill as the Padres open a four-game series against the Giants with first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. PT. San Diego promoted four of its top youngsters on Wednesday and all four -- Margot, Renfroe, Asuaje and Austin Hedges -- will be in the starting lineup against San Francisco.