First-inning outburst lifts D-backs over Padres

First-inning outburst lifts D-backs over Padres

SAN DIEGO -- For the second straight night the D-backs put up a crooked number in the first inning and cruised to victory over the Padres, this time by a 9-1 score, as left-hander Robbie Ray allowed just two hits over 7 2/3 innings Saturday night at Petco Park.

The D-backs, who scored eight runs in the first inning Friday night, tagged Luis Perdomo for five first-inning runs on Saturday. Perdomo allowed eight runs and David Peralta had four hits, while Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas drove in two runs apiece.

"It was a struggle today," Padres manager Andy Green said of Perdomo's outing. "He wasn't able to work in to lefties at all. His most effective pitch was his sinker down and in, but other than that, they weren't chasing the slider low and away, which he had a lot of success with last time out."

Chris Herrmann added a two-run home run, his second in as many plate appearances dating back to Wednesday's walk-off homer against the Mets.

"We ask for guys to be ready," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of the first-inning success. "We want to kind of put pressure on the defense and the opposition as quickly as possible. You start to play downhill baseball that quickly, it becomes a challenge to the Padres. So, I'm really happy with how it turned out. The feeling I had was, 'This is happening again, let's take advantage of these moments.' And the hitters did a good job of that."

Herrmann's two-run shot

Ray won for the first time since April 28. He allowed an infield single to Cory Spangenberg in the third inning and a single to center by Erick Aybar in the sixth, while striking out six. Perdomo fell to 0-1.

Ray's stellar performance

Golden start: Before Perdomo could get his legs underneath him in the first inning, the D-backs had a pair of singles to start off the game and a wild pitch put the runners at second and third. Goldschmidt started the D-backs' scoring when he singled to center to drive home a pair.

Goldschmidt's two-run single

"It was pretty obvious that we were trying to get ahead of him and get a pitch that was elevated and not let him work into the two-seam fastball that was going to create some ground balls," Lovullo said of the approach against Perdomo. "So I thought our guys did a really good job of staying with the game plan: Early swings resulted in some hits and some early runs."

"You want to be the type of team that's not affected by what the scoreboard says. Clearly, we are, and that's my fault at this point in time because it's not happening." -- Green on the Padres scoring seven runs through their five-game losing streak

The D-backs have scored 30 first-inning runs this year with 13 (43 percent) of them coming over the past two games.

D-backs' five-run first inning

D-backs: Zack Godley makes his fourth start of the year after taking the place of the injured Shelby Miller in the Arizona rotation. Godley allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Mets. First pitch is at 1:40 p.m. MST.

Padres: The Padres will turn to Clayton Richard as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the D-backs on Sunday at 1:40 p.m. PT. Richard has allowed five or more runs in two of his last three starts.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Ryan Posner is a contributor to based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Saturday.

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