Arizona Takes Opener 3-2

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to use a strong start and some timely hitting to take the first game of a three-game series with the San Diego Padres 3-2.

The San Diego Padres got on the board first in the top of the first inning when Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Logan Forsythe from third, putting the Pads up 1-0.

Sept. 18, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) hits an RBI double during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona would be quick to respond in the bottom of the inning when first baseman Paul Goldschmidt singled to right field to score Adam Eaton to tie the score up at 1-1. The D-backs would then take the lead when Goldschmidt would then score off a Miguel Montero RBI double to deep right field.

Miguel Montero would add to his big night offensively with another RBI double to deep center field to score Justin Upton and extend Arizona’s lead to 3-1.

That extra run came in handy in the top of the ninth inning when Will Venable hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Chris Denorfia and cut the Arizona lead to 3-2. Unfortunately for San Diego, the late comeback would not be enough to overcome Arizona closer JJ Putz who picked up his 30th save of the season.

Arizona starter Ian Kennedy had one of his best starts of the season, allowing only one run off of seven hits through eight strong innings pitched. With the victory, Kennedy picked up his 14th win of the season.

Arizona sends starter Trevor Cahill to the mound tomorrow evening in game two of the series.