|a-Struck out for Saunders in the 5th. b-Flied out for Carrasco, D in the 7th.||a-Grounded into a double play for Tejada in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Gonzalez, A in the 8th.|
2B: Drew, S 2 (25, LeBlanc, LeBlanc), LaRoche, Ad (27, LeBlanc).
HR: Drew, S 2 (10, 1st inning off LeBlanc, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off LeBlanc, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Drew, S 12; Johnson, K; LaRoche, Ad 2; Ryal.
RBI: Drew, S 2 (43), LaRoche, Ad (79).
2-out RBI: Drew, S.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson, K 2; Hester.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.
CS: Ryal (3, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Torrealba).
PO: Ryal (1st base by LeBlanc).
E: Drew, S (8, fielding), Ryal (6, throw).
DP: (Johnson, K-Drew, S-LaRoche, Ad).
HR: Tejada (9, 1st inning off Saunders, 1 on, 0 out), Gonzalez, A (26, 4th inning off Saunders, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Eckstein 3; Tejada 5; Gonzalez, A 4; Headley; Torrealba; LeBlanc.
RBI: Tejada 2 (51), Headley (53), Hairston, J (50), Torrealba 2 (31), Gonzalez, A 3 (82).
2-out RBI: Torrealba 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LeBlanc; Frieri.
SF: Hairston, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Eckstein (7, 2nd base off Saunders/Hester).
Pickoffs: LeBlanc (Ryal at 1st base).
|Saunders (L, 7-14)||4.0||8||9||6||3||1||2||4.76||LeBlanc (W, 8-11)||6.2||7||3||3||2||7||2||3.86|
|HBP: Hairston, J (by Vasquez, E).
Pitches-strikes: Saunders 84-47, Carrasco, D 26-20, Vasquez, E 23-11, Gutierrez, J 9-5, LeBlanc 109-71, Frieri 20-12, Mujica 12-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Saunders 5-5, Carrasco, D 4-0, Vasquez, E 1-0, Gutierrez, J 3-0, LeBlanc 3-8, Frieri 0-4, Mujica 0-2.
Batters faced: Saunders 24, Carrasco, D 7, Vasquez, E 5, Gutierrez, J 3, LeBlanc 28, Frieri 4, Mujica 3.
Umpires: HP: Brian Gorman. 1B: Ted Barrett. 2B: Tony Randazzo. 3B: Paul Nauert.
Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
SAN DIEGO -- Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and Miguel Tejada had a two-run shot as the San Diego Padres beat the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3 on Wednesday night to take a season-high 6 1/2-game lead atop the NL West.
The Padres' closest pursuer, the San Francisco Giants, lost to Cincinnati, 12-11 in 12 innings. David Eckstein had three hits and three runs, and Tejada also scored three runs to help San Diego improve to an NL-best 76-49.
Arizona's Stephen Drew went 4 for 4 with two solo homers for his first career multihomer game.
Drew wound up with a leadoff home run after umpires used instant replay to reverse the original call. His second homer left no doubt, clanging off the top of an advertising sign atop the right-field wall with two outs in the seventh to chase Wade LeBlanc (8-11).
The game was briefly delayed in the third inning when a woman with a Mexican flag and a man ran onto the field, apparently protesting Arizona's immigration law. Both were quickly apprehended by security and led off the field.
Gonzalez's homer was his 156th in five seasons with the Padres, tying him for second with Phil Nevin on the franchise all-time list. He's seven shy of Nate Colbert's record 163. His shot to right-center off Joe Saunders (1-4) with no outs in the fourth inning was his 26th. Eckstein and Tejada were aboard on singles.
Drew led off the game with a fly ball into the right-field corner. First base umpire Ted Barrett signaled fair ball as the shot off LeBlanc ricocheted back onto the field and Drew pulled into second base.
The umpires huddled, then went to review video. Replays showed that the ball hit off a seat in the home run porch.
The 1-0 lead didn't last long.
Eckstein singled leading off the bottom of the inning and Tejada drove an 0-2 pitch from Saunders into the Padres' bullpen beyond the fence in left-center for a 2-0 lead. It was Tejada's second since coming to San Diego in a trade with Baltimore on July 29, and his ninth overall.
San Diego scored four runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead. Three were unearned due to two errors. Eckstein scored on a bases-loaded fielding error by Drew, the shortstop. Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Tejada. As Tejada slid into home, the three-hop throw by left fielder Rusty Ryal hit him in the back for an error, allowing runners to advance to second and third. Yorvit Torrealba followed with a two-run single.
Arizona's Adam LaRoche hit an RBI double in the fourth and Drew homered again in the seventh, giving him 10.
LeBlanc allowed five homers in his first 12 starts, and has allowed 16 in his last 12. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked two.
Saunders also lost 10-1 to the Padres on Aug. 8 at Phoenix. He allowed nine runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out one.
San Diego have won nine in a row at home against the Diamondbacks, including eight straight this year. ... Padres RHP Chris Young will throw a simulated game on Thursday as he continues his rehab. Young has been on the DL since April 12 with a strained shoulder and would like to pitch again this season. Time is running out, though, to send him on a rehab assignment in the minors. ... The Diamondbacks are 19-42 on the road, second-worst in the NL. ... The Diamondbacks, who've lost nine of 12, are a season-low 29 games below .500.