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Padres can’t find spark in 5-1 loss to D-backs

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Diamondbacks are now just 1.5 games behind San Diego.

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The Padres dropped their third-straight game 5-1 on Friday night in an uninspiring outing against the Diamondbacks in their first match of a three-game series at Chase Field.

A scoreless game through five and half innings, the D-backs’ RF Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to get Arizona on the board. The 1-0 lead stayed put into the bottom of the eighth before Arizona opened things up with four more runs, which all began with a base hit from Calhoun. The trio of 2B Ketel Marte (sac fly), CF Starling Marte (double), and DH David Peralta (single) all drove in a run of their own before the inning’s end, pushing their lead to a strong 5-0.

The Padres finally got on the board in the ninth with a base hit by Jake Cronenworth which brought home Wil Myers from second. That was unfortunately all that the Friars could muster on another lackluster night for the team’s bats.

Starter Dinelson Lamet did his part for six innings before allowing the solo shot from Calhoun. He finished with only three hits, the one earned run, and eight strikeouts.

Arizona’s Merrill Kelly went 6.2 innings with three hits allowed, as well, and seven Ks.

The Padres return to Chase Field for an earlier 5:10pm start time for game two of the series. Righty Cal Quantrill (2-0) will get the start for San Diego while Arizona will trot out Alex Young (1-0). In seven games, Young has pitched just 9.2 innings with nine hits and five runs (including three home runs) allowed with 10 Ks. Quantrill has seen work in just three games with 8.2 innings pitched. He’s allowed seven hits, three runs, two homers, and eight strikeouts.