Zac Gallen, D-backs baffle Padres

Zac Gallen, D-backs baffle Padres

Aug 12, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen (23) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Chase Field.
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Zac Gallen logged six scoreless innings and Christian Walker hit his 24th home run of the season to help the Arizona Diamondbacks snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night in Phoenix

Arizona won for the first time since July 31 thanks in large part to Gallen (12-5), who scattered just four hits while walking one and striking out eight

The Diamondbacks won on the same night the franchise celebrated the 25th anniversary of its existence with more than 60 former players introduced to the Chase Field fans

Miguel Castro and Kevin Ginkel each pitched a hitless inning after Gallen’s exit

Paul Sewald, recently acquired from the Seattle Mariners before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, allowed a leadoff single to Juan Soto in the ninth before getting three consecutive outs to earn his first save with the Diamondbacks

Sewald has 22 saves overall this season

Arizona got on the board in the first inning against left-hander Rich Hill (7-12), adding to the veteran’s woes against the D-backs

Hill is now 1-9 with a 6.27 ERA in 14 career starts against Arizona

Corbin Carroll hit a ground-rule double with one out to start the rally in the first inning. Tommy Pham followed with another double off Hill to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead

After retiring the side in order in the second inning and getting the first two batters of the third, Hill gave up another double to Pham before serving up a home run to Walker

Walker went 3-for-4, while Pham finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went 2-for-4

Pedro Avila relieved Hill with one out in the fourth inning and proceeded to keep the Diamondbacks in check

Avila went on to pitch 4 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits. He struck out two without a walk. Hill gave up the three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings

–Field Level Medi

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