Medica just misses cycle in Padres’ loss

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PHOENIX (AP) - For their 46 years, the San Diego Padres never have had a player hit for the cycle.

Tommy Medica came oh so close on an otherwise dismal night for the Padres.

Five days after being recalled from Triple-A El Paso, Medica homered, tripled and doubled in San Diego’s 12-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

He would have had the single, too, had his screaming line drive dropped by third baseman Martin Prado not been ruled an error.

“That would have been neat,” he said when told what he nearly accomplished.

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.”

Medica had one last chance in the ninth, but he flied out to center.

Chase Anderson became the first Arizona pitcher to win his first three starts and he got plenty of help early with an eight-run first inning, a Diamondbacks‘ franchise record.

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, chased 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.

Tommy is definitely running hot right now,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “And he’s hitting the ball hard. Those aren’t cheap ones.”

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