SAN DIEGO – It has been 62 days and 24 games on the road since the Arizona Diamondbacks shook hands on the field after a win.
“You can’t imagine how much good it feels,” said manager Torey Lovullo after the Diamondbacks broke their 24-game road loss record by beating the San Diego Padres 10-1 on Saturday night.
Merrill Kelly threw six solid scoreless innings and Eduardo Escobar had four hits and five RBIs.
Escobar and Christian Walker scored for the Diamondbacks, who hadn’t won far from Chase Field since April 25, when Madison Bumgarner pitched seven innings without a hitting in Atlanta.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Lovullo said. “We played a really good game of baseball today, we had a good approach and we won our first road game in a few months. In fact, it’s hard to even think about it, it’s hard to say, but I’ve heard several people talk about it before, so it’s a burden we walk around and it’s really nice to get rid of. ”
The worst team in baseball at 21-56, the Diamondbacks had lost 20 of 21 games and 34 of 37 overall. They lost 11-5 in the series opener on Friday night when Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. scored his first three batting hits.
But the Diamondbacks rebounded with a shattering victory over the Padres, who opened that homestand by taking four against the Reds and three against defending World Series champion Dodgers.
Arizona managed to calm fans who had rocked Petco Park in the previous eight games, which were the first since 100% of capacity was cleared under the state’s reopening plan.
Escobar connected for a two-run homerun and produced runs with a double, a single and a groundout. He completed a triple timid cycle.
“Nobody comes to the stadium to lose, but I still believe in my team and the talent of this team,” Escobar said through a translator.
Kelly (4-7) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none.
“This season was not the one we decided to play, but any time we can end a streak like this it obviously helps not only for me but also for morale and camaraderie of the l ‘team, of course, ”Kelly said.
On Monday, Kelly pitched seven solid innings and the Diamondbacks ended their record-breaking 17-game losing streak.
“You’re still looking for that plug, the guy in this rotation that’s going to come out and execute the plan, and he’s landed on Merrill a few times and we’re not surprised,” Lovullo said. “He basically did the same thing at home, stopped that losing streak and we bounced back on the road, in a pretty hostile environment against a really good baseball team and he comes out and does a really good job for six innings. .
“I can’t say enough good things about what he did for us for a few big innings where he really had to fight and got some big strikeouts, some big strikeouts,” said the manager.
Arizona star Ketel Marte scored just one out in Dinelson Lamet’s first out, then left the game with strain in his left hamstring.
Lamet (2-3) started with a third putout, a batter after giving up Escobar’s 17th home run. The Padres brought Lamet in slowly after missing his last regular season start in 2020 with an elbow problem. He chose to rehabilitate during the offseason rather than undergo reconstructive surgery. He has only completed five innings twice in nine starts this year.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Lamet was feeling fatigue in his forearm and struggling to grip his cursor.
Walker did a home run in the lead of second, his fourth.
Tatis narrowly missed a three-run homerun in the fifth and ended up pulling out sticks.
Arizona cut two big scoring chances for the Padres.
San Diego had runners in the first and third with one strikeout in the second before Kelly got the final two strikeouts. In the seventh, San Diego had runners in the second and third with no outs, then loaded up the goals with two outs before former Padres pitcher Ryan Buchter struck out Jake Cronenworth.
San Diego finally scored in the ninth, on Tommy Pham’s single.
Lamet allowed four runs and six hits in 2 1/3 of an inning.
Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (1-3, 3.67 ERA) and Padres RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.50 ERA) are set to start the series final on Sunday afternoon.
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