Sep 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres catcher Rene Rivera hits a RBI single against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th inning during the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The Friars notched their only win of the series on Friday, winning 6-5. The Diamondbacks struck first to make it 1-0 before the Padres broke it open. Rymer Liriano tied the game in the 2nd with a ground out that scored Rivera. Then Cameron Maybin sent a triple into right, which gave the Padres a 2-1 lead. Jedd Gyorko then doubled in the 3rd to make it 3-1 and immediately following that, Yasmani Grandal drove in Gyorko to extend the lead to 4-1. Solarte singled a run in and then Rivera hit his 10th home run to make it 6-1 after 5 innings. The Diamondbacks made it interesting in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 4 runs, 3 of them on A.J. Pollock’s home run.
Eric Stults wasn’t at his sharpest but he got the job done. Only 2 runs were earned and he pitched 6 innings. The bullpen pitched 3 scoreless innings behind him, allowing 3 hits. The Padres won because they were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position, scoring just enough to win.