It wasn't pretty but it was effective.
The Padres had a terrible 7th inning that turned into an outstanding 7th inning in a 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, completing a series win over Arizona and a 9-1 homestand that started on June 17 when they played the Reds in front of their first full-capacity crowd since 2019.
Nearly every game was a sellout and the club has made no secret they think the energy brought by the Friar Faithful helped.
"It's gonna suck to leave," says Padres Manager Jayce Tingler.
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Yu Darvish threw 6.0 innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts in another outing that will likely put him on the National League All-Star team. As they did so many times during the homestand, the Padres got their starter an early lead.
Tommy Pham led off with a home run, Trent Grisham doubled and scored on a Jake Cronenworth single and the Padres were up 2-0 before Arizona starter Zac Gallen could record an out. After that the offense dried up a bit and the Diamondbacks took advantage of a rough outing from Tim Hill.
The lefty gave up a couple of base hits then walked Josh Rojas (who was trying to bunt the runners over) to load the bases with nobody out. Hill got a grounder to shortstop that should have been a double play but Fernando Tatis Jr.'s throw sailed into right field for a 2-run error.
The D-Backs scored three times in the inning to take a 4-2 lead. That's when the Padres bats lit up again.
Jurickson Profar led off with a pinch-hit single. Tommy Pham followed with a single that sent Profar to 3rd. Trent Grisham lined a double to left-center, his third double of the game, to make it a 4-3 game. Cronenworth singled home Pham and it was all tied up 4-4, setting up Tatis to make up for the error.
Of course he came through.
Tatis bounced a double down the left field line. Grisham scored what turned out to be the game-winning run because Emilio Pagan and Mark Melancon each tossed a perfect inning.
The Padres get a day off on Monday then start a 3-game set in Cincinnati on Tuesday afternoon.
The bit of bid news is starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet was placed on the 10-day Injured List with right forearm inflammation. Tingler says Ryan Weathers is a candidate to take Lamet's next turn in the rotation.
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