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Padres ride Alonso's two-run homer to win over Diamondbacks

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The Canadian Press
5/4/2013 1:28:50 AM
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SAN DIEGO - The new Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 deck atop the reconfigured right field wall at Petco Park provides an inviting target.

"It's nice," said Alonso, who hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Wade Miley in the fifth inning to help the Padres to a 7-6 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night, San Diego's seventh win in nine games. It was Arizona's fourth straight loss.

Alsono's homer was one of 14 hits for the Padres, the second time they've had that many in three home games. Rookie Jedd Gyorko had his first three-hit game, including two doubles.

"I've sensed us starting to swing the bats better the last couple weeks," manager Bud Black said. "We've broken out a couple different times on a couple different games and it showed tonight again with double-digit hits, some good at-bats, some good walks, some hard contact along the way, a big home run, a couple big swings. I've sensed that."

With the Padres trailing 3-2, Alonso drove a 2-2 pitch from Miley (2-1) into the Jack Daniel's deck in right-centre, his fourth. It probably would have been a home run even in Petco Park's old configuration. The fences were moved in 11 feet from the home run porch in the right-field corner to the gap in an attempt to make the downtown ballpark play fairer. Jesus Guzman was aboard on a grounder.

Miley was "locating pretty well early in the game," Alonso said. "I got a good fastball elevated middle in. He got me to foul some pitches inside. I wasn't catching up to it, but then I made a little adjustment."

Miley said he left a pitch up.

"I was trying to get it away and I overthrew it and it stayed middle and he did a good job of hitting it," Miley said. "I was battling a bit. You don't always feel your best every time. But I had some opportunities to get out of it."

The homer made a winner of Jason Marquis (3-2). Marquis allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out five and walked five.

"Jason did his job," Black said. "He hung in there, battled and made some pitches. Actually, his last inning was his best. He's a veteran pitcher with moxie who knows how to work his way through a game."

Huston Street came on with runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth and retired two batters before allowing Gerardo Parra's three-run homer to straightaway centre, his second. Street then got Martin Prado to fly out to centre for his seventh save in as many chances.

Miguel Montero homered to straightaway centre field off Marquis leading off the second, his second.

San Diego took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Gyorko's leadoff double and, with two outs, a single by Chris Denorfia and a triple by Everth Cabrera.

The Diamondbacks regained the lead in the fourth on an RBI double by Eric Chavez and a run-scoring groundout by Cliff Pennington.

The Padres added on in the seventh and eighth. Guzman doubled to right-centre and scored on Kyle Blanks' single in the seventh. In the eighth, Cabrera's sacrifice bunt brought in a run and Chase Headley hit an RBI double.

Miley, who finished second to Bryce Harper in NL Rookie of the Year balloting last year, allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings, struck out four and walked three.

NOTES: Padres LF Carlos Quentin was in the original lineup but was scratched with a balky right knee. He was replaced by Jesus Guzman. ... The series continues Saturday night when Arizona's Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91 ERA) opposes Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.94) in a showdown of lefties. Richard is 6-0 in eight career starts against Arizona, including three wins in four starts last year. ... Before the game, Headley ran into club executive chairman Ron Fowler and explained why he doesn't want to negotiate a contract extension during the season. Headley said it's been a distraction since Fowler said on Wednesday that the club was prepared to make an offer that would make Headley the highest-paid player in club history.

Yonder Alonso (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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