Lamb homers twice on #ASGWorthy night

Third baseman's three-run shot starts D-backs' eight-run first

Lamb homers twice on #ASGWorthy night

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs' top of the first inning started with a soft tapper to third for an infield single and ended 35 minutes later after 14 batters had collected eight runs on six hits, driven Jered Weaver from the game and had Arizona on cruise control toward a 10-1 win over the Padres.

"Our guys were ready to play and they deserve a lot of credit for that," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "You score eight runs off a pitcher like Weaver, who's got experience and knows how to wiggle out of those kinds of jams, you're doing something right."

Gregor Blanco got the leadoff hit and one out later Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk and Jake Lamb followed with a three-run homer.

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Lamb went on to homer later in the game, his first career multi-homer game, and has homered in three straight games.

"He got the three-run home run that got us kick-started," Lovullo said. "He's staying behind the ball and he's not getting around some balls that maybe he was rushing to several days ago. It's all a process for every hitter. They just want to stay hot, stay consistent with their contact point."

Lamb felt like he was late with his swings when he was struggling, so last weekend he made a visit to what he called the "velo machine" with hitting coach Dave Magadan.

"It's just quick enough so you can't really have any holes in your swing," Lamb explained. "It will really show you where your holes are. You've got to be on time and have a clear bat path. Something I've never really done. It was a struggle the first couple of days, but got it going."

After Lamb's three-run homer, Yasmany Tomas drew a walk and Brandon Drury then hit a two-run shot.

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"Anytime you hit through the order it's always fun, and it's just fun to win games," Drury said.

Even pitcher Taijuan Walker got into the action in the first with an RBI single.

Walker, who spent his career in the American League before last December's trade to Arizona, tweaked his back earlier this year while swinging, so he's been extra cautious at the plate. All week his teammates had been giving him grief about not putting his legs into his swing.

The D-backs' offense has been potent at home, but has not been as successful on the road. The 10-run outburst has them hoping they've finally turned the corner on that.

"It's always a topic and it's a hot spot," Lovullo said of the road offensive struggles. "I know everyone wants to talk about it. We did a nice job in the first inning and I think that set the tone. We want to continue doing that and we'll see where it leads us tomorrow."

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.