SAN DIEGO – A two-run single by Nick Ahmed capped a six-run fourth inning for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who rallied from a 5-0 deficit to upset the San Diego Padres 8-5 on Friday night. night.
Matt Peacock (5-6) hit a two-run single in the fourth and pitched 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings for the win. He eliminated four and allowed only three hits.
Trailing 5-2, the Diamondbacks sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth against rookie southpaw Ryan Weathers and reliever Craig Stammen. The first seven arrived and the first six scored. By the time Stammen got the first out, Arizona – which has the worst record in the majors – had taken a three-run lead.
Weathers (4-4) gave up four straight singles to start the fourth, including producing hits from Christian Walker and Pavin Smith, and gave way to Stammen. The veteran reliever allowed a walk, gave up a two-run single to Peacock that put the Diamondbacks ahead 6-5, and then allowed Ahmed’s two-run single down the middle.
The Padres, who hold the second wild-card spot in the National League, finally got the first out of the inning when Ketel Marte came out. Stammen allowed two more singles before dropping Carson Kelly in a double play.
The Diamondbacks began their comeback in the third, when Ahmed hit an RBI double and Marte followed with a run-producing single.
Sean Poppen pitched the ninth for his first save.
San Diego took a 5-0 lead in the second with a two-run homer by Trent Grisham off starter Caleb Smith, a two-run double by Jake Cronenworth and an RBI by Wil Myers.
Smith lasted just 1 1/3 innings after allowing five runs on three hits and six walks. He struck out two.
Weathers allowed six runs and seven hits in more than three innings, struck out one and allowed a walk. He went from retiring the top six batters to allowing eight of the next 10 to come.