Put Cory Spangenberg in red spandex and slap a lightning bolt on his chest, because tonight he looked like the fastest man alive. The second baseman went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs as he led the Padres to victory over the Diamondbacks tonight. He was backed up by Tyson Ross, who picked up his second straight win against the snakes by holding them to a pair of runs on two hits in six innings of work.
Sloppy fielding gave the Friars an early lead, with Derek Norris reaching base in the first inning courtesy of Paul Goldschmidt's flub. Yonder Alonso brought him home with a double (though Yonder tried to stretch it to a triple and paid the price). That lead only held until the third, when Ross's tendency to walk opponents biting him hard. After issuing a leadoff walk to Chris Owings, Ross struck out the next two batters, but slipped again and walked A.J. Pollock and David Peralta to load the bases. Goldschmidt made him pay for with with a two-run single.
But the D-Backs couldn't hold on, because Spangenberg was in top form. He led off the bottom of the third with a single to left, and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Then he stole third, which would have been great enough, but Welington Castillo airmailed the throw and Spangy hustled in to tie the game. And then he hustled in another run in the fifth. He led off with an infield single, and then stole second. Another sacrifice bunt put him on third, and he legged out the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Matt Kemp. Kemp would also help add a little insurance in the eighth, when he led off with a double to left. A ground out put him 90 feet from home, and then Justin Upton brought him in to put the good guys on top 4-2.
Andrew Cashner will try to take the series tomorrow at 7:10 PM.
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