Venable's big hit helps Padres beat Diamondbacks 6-5

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PHOENIX (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson took the blame for the Arizona Diamondbacks' latest loss.

Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta hit consecutive homers as the Diamondbacks rallied from three-run deficit, but Arizona still lost to the San Diego Padres 6-5 Friday night, snapping their three-game winning streak.

"I feel that anytime we score five runs I've got to come out with a win," Hellickson said. "It's just frustrating. Everyone else did their part."

Will Venable homered and then singled in the go-ahead run off Arizona reliever Enrique Burgos (0-1) in the seventh inning, and the Padres bullpen made the lead last for three innings.

Venable's hit off Burgos drove in former Diamondback Justin Upton from second base.

Wil Myers had a career-high four hits for the Padres, including a home run in the fifth.

The Diamondbacks scored all their runs via home runs off Padres starter James Shields (4-0) who went six innings and allowed five runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Goldschmidt has homered in three straight games for the second time in the All-Star first baseman's career. He and Peralta went deep in the sixth.

"It doesn't matter unless we do it. We didn't get it done," Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said of the comeback that fell short. "We gave up the hit (to Venable) after we gave up a walk, a stolen base. ... A lot of things poorly but we still had a chance."

Padres manager Bud Black said Shields came after the hitters but missed with some pitches.

"His stuff was fine. He got behind in the count on three of the homers. Two of them he challenged the guys with fastballs, in a park where you give up some contact in the air, it has a chance to go out," Black said. "His style is to pitch aggressive and to go out and attack. He didn't locate pitches on counts where he was behind."

Venable gave the Padres a 1-0 lead with a two-out home run in the second inning. That broke an 0-for-16 slide.

The Diamondbacks went ahead 2-1 in bottom of the inning when Chris Owings belted a Shields offering over the wall in left-center for a two-run shot. But San Diego responded on Matt Kemp's run-scoring single in the third to tie it at 2.

Hellickson lasted 4 2=3 innings and allowed five runs and eight hits, walking two with three strikeouts.


Padres 1B Yonder Alonso will go on the DL with a deep right shoulder bruise, the result of an injury he sustained late in Thursday night's game against Arizona. Alonso aggravated the shoulder, which was already sore from being hit with a pitch during the Padres' previous series at San Francisco.

Black said team doctors told him Alonso seems likely to miss at least two weeks, though it could be longer.

The Padres will call up OF Abraham Almonte from Triple-A El Paso. He is expected to join the Padres by Saturday.

The Padres also on Friday reinstated RHP Shawn Kelley from the 15-day DL and optioned RHP Nick Vincent to El Paso. Kelley had been out since April 24 with a strained left calf.


The retractable roof at Chase Field, normally closed to keep out the intense heat in the desert, moved into a closed position during the top of the sixth inning with the threat of rain in the forecast. Fireworks scheduled after the game were canceled.


Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (1-3) makes his seventh start of the season and fifth on the road Saturday against Arizona. He will be facing the Diamondbacks for the first time this season. He's 0-3 in his last three starts, the longest losing streak of his career.

Diamondbacks: Arizona's Chase Anderson faces the Padres on Saturday. He's allowed three runs or less in four of five starts this season. He is 2-1 with 3.86 ERA in his career against San Diego (four starts).

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