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By Liz Alper
Photo: Ray Fuentes scored two runs for the Dbacks in their route of the Padres. Via @Dbacks on Twitter
March 5, 2018 (Surprise, Ariz.) - After yesterday’s split squad game, the Padres rejoined each other for a little night action against the NL West rival (but who cares because it’s spring training?) Diamondbacks. Matt Koch started for Arizona against Dinelson Lamet.
Ray Fuentes struck first in the second, tripling and scoring Cesar Puello to give the Dbacks the 1-0 lead.
With the bases loaded in the fifth, Chris Hermann walked and scored a run to put Arizona up 2-0.
In the sixth, a blunder by the Padres allowed Fuentes to score; a ball past third and a sliding Fuentes gave him the go-ahead to go home and give the Dbacks a 3-0 lead.
The Padres finally got on the board in the home half of the sixth on Freddy Galvis’ single that scored Luis Almanzar to cut the Arizona lead to 3-1.
But the Dbacks loaded the bases again and Ramon Flores walked in the seventh to score another run. Trevor Megill came in to pitch and immediately gave up a balk and two wild pitches to score three Dbacks runs. Guess who’s not making the Opening Day roster. Oh and then Jack Reinheimer hit a triple to right to score two. The Dbacks led 9-1 after a six-run inning.
Socrates Brito added one more on a bomb in the eighth to make it 10-1.
The Padres staged a mini-rally in the home half of the ninth with Raffy Lopez’s two-run homer, but they were stopped as the Dbacks won 10-3.
Tomorrow, the Padres are back in action at night against the Royals again. First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. and the game will be on FSSD. Luis Perdomo starts against Nathan Karns for the Royals.