Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Friday, September 12
San Diego6Final
Game 2: Saturday, September 13
San Diego4Final
Game 3: Sunday, September 14
San Diego6Final

Padres 4

(68-79, 28-48 away)

Diamondbacks 10

(60-88, 30-44 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 13, 2014

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    SD 000201100 4 8 2
    ARI 33001030 - 10 11 0

    W: C. Anderson (9-6)

    L: T. Ross (13-14)

    Padres-Diamondbacks Preview


    While it's been a year to forget for the Arizona Diamondbacks, they just reached a new low.

    Arizona tries to snap its longest losing streak in four seasons Saturday night against the visiting San Diego Padres.

    The Diamondbacks (59-88) have been outscored 36-13 during a seven-game losing streak after falling 6-5 in Friday's series opener. A.J. Pollock went 3 for 4 with a homer and career high-tying four RBIs for Arizona, which is now seeking to avoid its longest run of futility since a 10-game losing streak from May 23-June 2, 2010.

    Mark Trumbo is mired in a 1-for-18 slump and Miguel Montero is 6 for his last 45 with no extra-base hits. The Diamondbacks are batting .196 during their skid.

    Arizona could be in for another long night against Tyson Ross (13-13, 2.66 ERA), who enters with one of the NL's lowest ERAs. The right-hander came within one out of recording his 15th consecutive quality start Sunday, yielding three runs, seven hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss at Colorado.

    "Stats at the end of the day don't matter to me," he said. "It's just all about doing my job on the days I get to go out there and pitch, and giving us a shot."

    Ross struck out eight over six innings of one-run ball to beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 last Monday, improving to 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA over seven starts in the series. However, he's posted a 6.55 ERA in his last two in Arizona.

    With 191 strikeouts, Ross has a chance to join Kevin Brown, Jake Peavy and Clay Kirby as the only Padre pitchers to reach 200 in a season.

    San Diego (68-78) has followed a six-game losing streak by winning two of three. Rene Rivera hit his 10th homer and Eric Stults snapped a three-start losing streak as the Padres improved to 54-1 when leading after eight innings.

    "A great standard has been set in our bullpen from a lot of great relievers," manager Bud Black told MLB's official website.

    Jedd Gyorko went 2 for 5 and was one of six players to drive in a run for San Diego. Though he's batting .206 on the season, Gyorko is 9 for his last 24 with a homer, four doubles and five RBIs.

    The Padres' win was just their eighth in 25 road games. San Diego is 4-2 in its last six against the Diamondbacks, who have dropped five of seven at home.

    Arizona gives the ball to Chase Anderson (8-6, 3.71), who allowed two runs and four hits over six innings before leaving without a decision in Saturday's 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium.

    Anderson has shined over a six-start stretch at home, going 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA while striking out 35 in as many innings. His only loss over that stretch came 7-4 to San Diego on Aug. 24 after giving up five runs -- four earned -- and a season high-tying four walks over five innings.

    However, Anderson beat the Padres 12-6 on May 28 in his third big-league start, yielding four runs -- one earned -- over five innings.

    Pollock is 12 for 24 with two homers, three doubles and eight RBIs against the Padres this year. He's hitting .370 over an eight-game stretch since returning from a broken hand.

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    Gameday Matchup

     San DiegoArizona
    Current StreakL2L1
    Last 106-42-8

    Pitching Matchup

    San DiegoArizona
    T. Ross
    13-14, 2.81 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/13 at ARI
    3.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Anderson
    9-7, 4.01 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/19 at COL
    5.0 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.San DiegoArizona
    1. Y. Solarte, 3B E. Inciarte, LF
    2. S. Smith, LF C. Owings, 2B
    3. J. Gyorko, 2B A. Pollock, CF
    4. Y. Grandal, 1B M. Trumbo, 1B
    5. R. Rivera, C A. Hill, 3B
    6. R. Liriano, RF C. Ross, RF
    7. C. Maybin, CF T. Gosewisch, C
    8. A. Amarista, SS D. Gregorius, SS
    9. T. Ross, P C. Anderson, P

    Research Notes

    Tyson Ross has thrown a slider down in or below the strike zone 51.5 percent of the time this year, which is the most among qualified pitchers. The Diamondbacks have a .403 OPS in plate appearances that end in sliders in that zone, which is fourth lowest in baseball this year.

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