Rough day for Arizona hurlers as D'backs fall to Padres 10-3
PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching staff had a rough day, on and off the field.
Robbie Ray allowed five runs on nine hits over just 4 2/3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 10-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Five Arizona pitchers combined to allow 18 hits, 23 baserunners and four home runs.
''It was one of those nights,'' Arizona manager Chip Hale said.
That followed a day during which the Diamondbacks placed right-handed starters Rubby De La Rosa and Shelby Miller on the 15-day disabled list, leaving gaping holes in Arizona's rotation and making Ray's rough night even more disappointing.
''It's just frustrating because I know I am better than that,'' said Ray, who walked two and struck out eight. ''It's tough, especially when you are in the moment, to control your frustration, but it's something that you want to do. You've got to take this start, move forward and work on some stuff for my next bullpen.''
Ray's season has been a series of peaks and valleys, with the high point coming May 18 when he held the New York Yankees to six hits and two runs over seven innings.
''He showed he can do it against the Yankees,'' Hale said. ''I think he can do that on a consistent basis. It just didn't happen tonight. He is going to get better.''
Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb homered for Arizona, which has dropped four straight.
Yangervis Solarte homered from both sides of the plate for the Padres, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
Christian Friedrich (1-1) threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and a walk for San Diego. The win was Friedrich's first since July 13, 2012, against Philadelphia.
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. Jon Jay and Wil Myers hit consecutive doubles leading off the third and Matt Kemp singled, extending the lead to 3-0.
San Diego teed off on Ray in the fifth. Kemp hit a homer with one out, his team-leading 11th, and Solarte -- batting right-handed -- followed with his second homer of the season. Ray retired Upton, but gave up Brett Wallace's single to left against a shift before departing.
''The one to Kemp wasn't a bad pitch,'' Ray said. ''He was just looking out over the plate. The one to Solarte was an elevated changeup and he got out in front of it and hooked it to left. I don't think it was a bad pitch in that situation, but it was just a poorly executed pitch.''
Dominic Leone, newly arrived from Triple-A Reno, came on and surrendered Norris' home run to make it 6-0.
Solarte's towering, three-run homer -- batting left-handed -- off Josh Collmenter sparked a four-run fourth that gave San Diego a 10-0 lead. Solarte's two-homer game was his second, the first coming August 3, 2015, at Milwaukee.
Drury's two-run homer in the eighth off Keith Hessler made it 10-2. Lamb added a pinch-hit, solo shot in the ninth.
Padres: LHP Matt Thornton, out since April 8 with left Achilles tendonitis, is expected to be activated this weekend. Thornton has struck out three and walked one in three innings in a rehab assignment with Single-A Lake Elsinore.
Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (right elbow inflammation) and RHP Shelby Miller (sprained right index finger) were placed on the 15-day disabled list and Collmenter (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. De La Rosa was 4-1 with a 1.87 ERA in his past six outings before allowing five earned runs on 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Miller, who originally injured the finger April 16 in San Diego when he scraped his hand on the mound following through on a pitch, is 1-7 in 10 starts with 30 strikeouts and 29 walks in 45 2/3 innings and a 7.09 ERA. Collmenter was placed on the disabled list April 2 and made six minor-league rehab starts.
SUNDAY'S ARIZONA STARTER
Miller had been scheduled to start Sunday's series finale before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Hale has not announced a starter.
Collmenter's first outing of the season was one he'd like to forget. After retiring Jon Jay to start the inning, six straight Padres reached base and four runs scored against the right-hander known as ''Tomahawk'' for his over-the-top delivery. ''It's difficult to hit that guy,'' said Solarte, who homered during the inning. ''I looked for the pitch and my timing was right.''
Padres: RHP Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.34 ERA), who held the Dodgers to two runs on four hits with a walk in a no-decision his last time out, will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Vargas has started four of his seven games on the road.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (5-3, 4.59 ERA), coming off his most dominant start of the season, will make his 11th start Saturday against the Padres. Greinke allowed one run on five hits over eight innings in St. Louis on Sunday. Greinke walked one and struck out seven. Greinke is 6-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 13 career games against San Diego.