Padres-D'Backs: Offensive Outburst Leads Padres Past Arizona

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

PHOENIX - MAY 25:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the major league baseball game at Chase Field on May 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Padres defeated the Diamondbacks 9-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

If Adrian Gonzalez was suffering from the after effects of the flu, which kept him out of the starting lineup on Tuesday night, he sure didn't show it as he crushed his 18th home run of the season in the very first inning to lead San Diego to an 8-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Jake Peavy got the start and although he looked like his dominant self through five innings, his struggles showed themselves in the home half of the sixth as Arizona would score three runs and pull to within two of San Diego, 5-3.

Arizona would add one more in the home half of the seventh to get within one of San Diego, 5-4, but the Padres put the game away with a three run eighth. Heath Bell would come on with two outs in the ninth with a runner on third and would get Chris Young to fly out to end the game and lock down his 14th save of the season.

After winning two of three from Arizona, and 11 of their last 12 games, the Padres will have an off day on Thursday to get ready for a three game set in Denver against the Colorado Rockies who are coming off getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A series in which the Rockies gave up 31 runs in the three games, could be promising for a Padres' offense that has been putting up runs lately.

In game one on Friday night, San Diego will have Chris Young (4-2, 4.76), who's coming off a good performance against the Cubs this past Sunday in a 7-2 Padres' win.

In game two, Josh Geer (1-1, 4.91) will look to build off his strong start giving up just one run through six-and-two third innings in a 3-1 win over the Cubs.

In the third and final game of the three game set, the Padres will have Chad Gaudin (1-3, 5.40) on the mound. Gaudin is coming off perhaps his worst start, giving up seven runs through five-and-one third innings against Arizona, a game in which the Padres came from six runs down to win, 9-7.

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