First-inning eruption lifts Arizona past Padres

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PHOENIX (AP) - Chase Anderson is the first Arizona pitcher to win his first three career starts.

And the Diamondbacks’ offense has made it a lot easier for him.

Arizona set a first-inning franchise scoring record on Wednesday night en route to a 12-6 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The Diamondbacks scored 18 runs for him in his previous start.

“Golly, I mean, shoot,” Anderson said. “What was it 18 runs the last time when we played against the Dodgers, 12 today? That’s a pitcher’s dream right there.”

Rookie Tommy Medica fell a single shy of becoming the first Padre to hit for the cycle and would have had it had his screaming line drive dropped by third baseman Martin Prado not been ruled an error in the second inning.

Medica said it “definitely” could have been ruled a hit.

Prado is great player,” he said. “I don’t know if they are thinking it might be routine for him.”

Prado and Paul Goldschmidt both hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for Arizona. Diamondbacks rookie Chris Owings had his first big-league four-hit game.

Goldschmidt’s homer traveled an estimated 470 feet, the farthest he can remember hitting one.

Arizona, taking two of three from the Padres, scored eight runs and eight hits in the first, chasing starter Tim Stauffer (2-1) after just one-third of an inning.

Anderson (3-0) got big support for the second straight outing. The Diamondbacks scored 18 runs for him in his previous start.

Medica tripled in the third, doubled in fifth and homered in the eighth - one night after getting three hits, including a two-run homer, in the Padres‘ 4-3 win.

He had a final chance for that single in the ninth but flied out to center.

Anderson allowed four runs, just one earned, and eight hits in five innings to help Arizona win its second straight home series after losing its first seven.

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