David Holmberg got into trouble very early, as the first five Padres reached, and they took a three-run lead before the Diamondbacks came to the plate. However, Gerardo Parra's tenth home-run of the year tied the game at three in the second, and they scored three in the fifth off Ian Kennedy, and one more in the sixth, to take a 7-3 lead. Holmberg lasted only 3.2 innings, being charged with three runs on six hits and three walks; Josh Collmenter got the final out with the bases loaded in the fourth, and worked 3.1 innings of one-hit ball.
However, the D-backs bullpen melted down, coughing up four runs in the seventh, charged to Chas Roe and Joe Thatcher., as the Padres tied the game. After a two-run double by Martin Prado restored a lead, Brad Ziegler then blew our league-leading 26th save of the season, and it took some great defense from Parra and Prado even to keep the game tied. We wasted a good chance to win in the ninth, but in the tenth, with men on second and third, one out, and San Diego playing a five-man infield, Aaron Hill lined a single to left center, for another ho-hum, come from behind, double blown-save Diamondbacks victory.
The series continues tomorrow night at Chase Field. Wade Miley gets the start for the Diamondbacks there, as we go for the sweep.