The Arizona Diamondbacks saw their franchise-best winning streak come to an end in the series opener and look to bounce back when they host the San Diego Padres on Saturday in the middle contest of their three-game series. Five Padres had multiple-hit performances in a 10-6 win on Friday that halted Arizona’s string of victories at 13.
The Diamondbacks fell behind 8-0 on Friday and later pulled within two runs before suffering their first defeat since Aug. 23. Arizona’s hot streak has all but assured the squad of a National League wild-card spot, but the defeat kept them 10 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. San Diego rookie Manuel Margot went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Erick Aybar 3-for-5 with two runs scored to lead the club’s assault. The Padres have won five of their last eight games, scoring 32 runs in the victories and five in the defeats.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Jhoulys Chacin (12-10, 3.96 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Zack Godley (7-7, 3.21)
Chacin defeated the Dodgers in his last turn as he gave up three runs - two earned - and five hits over seven innings. The 29-year-old, who went 0-3 over his previous five starts, is two victories away from matching his career-best total set in 2013. Chacin is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks this year and 6-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 16 career appearances (15 starts).
Godley has won back-to-back starts after losing his previous three turns. The 27-year-old is 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 outings since the All-Star break after going 3-3 with a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts prior to the layoff. Godley is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against San Diego this season and 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in seven career appearances (four starts).
1. Diamondbacks All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt (elbow) missed his fifth straight game Friday but took batting and fielding practice prior to the contest and could be in Saturday’s lineup.
2. Margot leads NL rookies with 35 multi-hit efforts.
3. Arizona RF J.D. Martinez went deep Friday for the 19th time in 43 games since being acquired from Detroit.
PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 7, Padres 5