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A closer look: D-backs blast 4 HRs in win over Padres

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won’t tell you everything that happened in a baseball game. So, we will give you a closer look, providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the D-backs’ September 8 win against the Padres. Final score: Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5.

The Good:

The D-backs offense exploded for 15 hits and four home runs in a 8-5 win over the Padres at Petco Park Saturday.

Left-fielder Jason Kubel launched two home runs while Aaron Hill and Justin Upton added solo shots. Upton also had a season-high four hits in the contest.

Arizona moved back to within striking distance of a postseason berth. They trail St. Louis for the second Wild Card spot by 5 1/2 games.

The Bad:

Despite notching his 15th win of the season, rookie lefty Wade Miley was not sharp against San Diego.

He pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

Noted:

This D-backs win snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Padres.

Miley’s three walks ended a run of 24 straight starts without giving up more than two walks.

This was the 10th multi-homer game for Kubel in his major league career.

He Said It:

“It’s nice to finally beat these guys,” Kubel said. “It seems like a really long time. We really need wins, as many as we can get, and this is a start.”

Up Next:

The D-backs and Padres are back at it again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Southpaw Patrick Corbin will get the start for Arizona (5-6, 4.13). He will be opposed by left-hander Andrew Werner (1-1, 3.00).