This was a typically Cahillesque start from Trevor Cahill. He only lasted four innings, but struck out seven batters - however, he also gave up five hits and two walks in that time, leading to four runs, all earned. He had only thrown 64 pitches, but Kirk Gibson decided that was enough: Zeke Spruill worked three scoreless innings, then Oliver Perez and Will Harris wobbled into a bases loaded, one out jam, then out again without damage. Addison Reed, in a non-save situation with a four-run lead, struggled, allowing two runs then putting the tying run on base. But he finally was able to close things out in the ninth, and clinch our first series win of the month.
After the Diamondbacks had fallen into a 2-0 hole by the middle of the third, they roared back with a five-spot in their half of the inning. Two of the runs were unearned, thanks to a Padres error, and there was also some further hilarity as the Padres seemed bewildered by a relay throw from the outfield, allowing two runs to score on a Trumbo single. After some middle innings tenseness, with the score 5-4 to us, a three-run eighth broke the game open, on RBI singles by Didi Gregorius and Jordan Pacheco, plus a wild pitch, Gregorius and Chris Owings each had two hits, while Ender Inciarte, Mark Trumbo and Aaron Hill each had a hit and a walk.