Considering their early struggles, the San Diego Padres will take wins any way they can get them.
After needing extra innings to end their latest slide, the Padres can take the decisive series finale against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Melvin Upton Jr. hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 14th inning to give San Diego (4-8) a 5-3 victory Saturday that snapped its four-game losing streak. It was also the first home win in five tries for the Padres, who are in desperate need of something positive to build on.
''The first one at home and obviously we wanted to get that one out of the way,'' Upton said. "We stayed in the game the whole time and that gave us an opportunity to win.''
Though the Padres scored two more runs Saturday than they managed over the previous four contests, they blew a 3-0 lead and went scoreless for 10 straight innings on the night. Upton and Wil Myers combined for half of San Diego's 14 hits.
The game featured 25 hits, 31 strikeouts and 26 men left on base.
Upton is batting .343 in nine games since going 0 for 6 while San Diego dropped its first three games of the season.
Arizona (4-8), which went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position, has scored more than three runs once during a 3-5 stretch.
The Diamondbacks were hardly productive when they faced scheduled San Diego starter Robbie Erlin (1-1, 0.93 ERA) on Sept. 26. The left-hander didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and only two over seven of the 3-0 victory.
He is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three starts against Arizona.
Erlin, who made his first 2016 appearance out of the bullpen after being called up from the minors last week, gave up a run and three hits while striking out seven in six innings of a 3-0 loss at Philadelphia in his first start Tuesday.
Inserted into the rotation with Tyson Ross injured, Erlin has a chance to stick around with the big club. However, San Diego manager Andy Green doesn't want him to consider this an audition.
"I don't want to look at it that way, and I don't want him to look at it that way," Green told the Padres' official website. "What he's doing right now is focusing on the here and now.
"Robbie has been great. ... He's throwing the ball better than anybody.''
Paul Goldschmidt is 1 for 6 with two strikeouts against Erlin, and 1 for 14 in the last four games. He had a hit and drew three walks in seven plate appearances Saturday.
Trying a third time for his first win, Arizona's Patrick Corbin (0-1, 3.46) takes the mound after he allowed a run in six innings of a 4-2 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks have scored just three runs with Corbin on the mound in those two outings.
The left-hander, who missed all of 2014 following elbow surgery and made 16 starts last season, is 2-3 with a 3.56 ERA in five starts against the Padres but last faced them in 2013.
Making matters worse for the Diamondbacks, starter Shelby Miller left after 1 2-3 innings Saturday with cuts on his right index finger suffered when he scraped the dirt on his follow-through.