Minutes into Wednesday night’s game, the San Diego Padres took a lead and never looked back as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1. Wade Miley (9-9) suffered the loss for the D-Backs while Robbie Erlin (2-2) picked up the victory for the Pads.
After a single by Chris Denorfia to lead off the game, Will Venable ripped a double which brought home the 33-year-old outfielder. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning, when a Willie Bloomquist RBI single brought Arizona to within one run. That was the first, and last run the Snakes recorded in their loss.
Heath Bell was brought into the game in the top of the eighth but struggled mightily. He allowed two homers, including a two-run shot off the bat of Venable which gave the Padres a 5-1 lead. The 35-year-old has now conceded 12 home runs this season. As a memer of the Padres for five years, he gave up a total of 16.
Bloomquist, who had not played in a game since June 26 due to a stint on the disabled list, went 3-for-4 and provided his team with their only RBI of the night. A.J. Pollock and Aaron Hill both went for 2-for-4 in the defeat.
The Diamondbacks (68-64) are now 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (78-55) for first place in the National League West, and trail the Cincinnati Reds (75-59) by 6 games for the second and final wild-card spot.
After Arizona’s day off on Thursday, they will host the San Francisco Giants (59-74) for a three-game weekend series at Chase Field.