"Their approach has been really good the last couple nights," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I think we're coming out of it."
If the D-backs planned for an offensive barrage Saturday, then it wasn't obvious to those outside the team. They were pitted against Padres starter Tyson Ross, who entered the game with a 2.66 ERA for the season and only one average outing removed from a 14-game quality-start streak.
But before the second inning was over, the D-backs ensured Ross would not be starting a new streak, putting up six runs in the first two frames aided in part by Padres fielding mistakes.
Two runs scored in the first on a single by Mark Trumbo, who advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by catcher Rene Rivera and scored on a wild pitch.
An inning later, after Chris Owings drove in a run with his own RBI single, the D-backs added runs on a throwing error by shortstop Alexi Amarista and a poor decision by Ross, who couldn't get Owings out at home on a Trumbo ground ball.
By the end of the second inning, the D-backs had put up more runs than they had in all but one of their previous 11 games.
"He's got good stuff," Trumbo said of Ross. "Can't miss it when you get it. Fortunately, we did a good job."
Ross' stuff clearly wasn't working for him, and he exited after only three innings -- his shortest start this season.
"I didn't command anything early," Ross said. "They executed their game plan well. They executed their game plan better than I executed mine."
The Padres did start to chip away as the game went on, though.
D-backs starter Chase Anderson gave up two runs in the five innings he pitched, and relievers Daniel Hudson and Oliver Perez each gave up a run in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
But the floodgates opened for one final time for the D-backs in the bottom of the seventh.
Trumbo, who finished the game 3-for-5, led off with a single and advanced to third after a hit and a walk. With pinch-hitter Jordan Pacheco batting, reliever Leonel Campos threw a slider in the dirt that got away from Rivera, allowing Trumbo to score on a wild pitch for the second time in the game.
Pacheco then erased any chance of a late comeback with a single back up the middle, scoring two more runs and widening the D-backs' lead to six.
"He has the tools to be a good, productive guy off the bench," Gibson said of Pacheco. "They hung a slider to him; he did what he was supposed to do with it. … That was a big hit for us. The Pads started to come back, and those runs were big."