Kelly’s pitching, Peralta’s HR send Arizona over Padres 3-1

by | Jul 17, 2022 | Sports

SAN DIEGO — Merrill Kelly gave up one run in six innings and David Peralta hit a solo homer to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.Arizona went into the All-Star break on a good note but dropped two of three games at San Diego to finish a 2-4 road trip. The Padres concluded their first half by losing six of their last nine games.Kelly (9-5) kept the Padres off-balance by mixing his pitches and allowed six hits while striking out five. San Diego‚Äôs Luke Voit knocked Kelly out of the game with a homer to left in the seventh inning, his second in two games. Joe Mantiply and Caleb Smith both worked a scoreless inning before Mark Melancon retired the Padres in order in the ninth to earn his 13th save. Arizona led 1-0 on Peralta’s homer in the sixth and then scored two in the seventh off Padres relievers MacKenzie Gore (two walks and a single to load the bases) and Steven Wilson (walked in two runs) to take a 3-0 advantage.San Diego starter Mike Clevinger (2-3) worked six innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight but lost his third straight start. Clevinger worked out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth, striking out Alek Thomas on a high fastball to end the threat.The Padres had a chance for an early run in the second inning when Eric Hosmer tried to score from second base on a shallow single to c …

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