- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - James Shields knew right away this one would be a struggle.

The right-hander kept the San Diego Padres close, but a three-run third inning cost him Friday night in a 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Shields (7-1) was handed his first defeat of the season in 15 starts.

“It was kind of one of those games where I had to grind it out,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t have your best stuff.”

Arizona scored in the third on RBI doubles by Aaron Hill and Welington Castillo, along with Nick Ahmed’s run-scoring single. Paul Goldschmidt walked and David Peralta doubled to start the rally.

“The one Ahmed hit … I think I made my pitch and he made a good swing on it,” Shields said. “Nothing you can do about that.”

Another run was taken off the board when Goldschmidt, originally ruled safe on a passed ball and tag play at home plate, was called out after a Padres challenge and replay review.

“You get two outs and a man on third you’re thinking, we had a golden opportunity to really put something on them,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. “Then we got the three hits in a row, beautiful. That was probably the biggest part of the game for us.”

Shields struggled with control for much of his outing, walking four, hitting a batter and uncorking two wild pitches. He allowed four runs and eight hits over six innings.

“It wasn’t his best outing, but he’s a fighter,” Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. “We could have done some things to help him a little bit more, but I always feel great when you have a winner out on the mound.”

Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa (6-3) ran into some trouble in the fifth when two singles and two walks, all with two outs, produced the Padres’ first run. De La Rosa had a 12-inning scoreless streak until then, but gave up just one earned run and five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

“He was pounding the zone. The kid’s good, first time I’ve seen him,” Murphy said. “He made some big pitches at big times and we didn’t get that big hit.”

San Diego scored again in the eighth on Cory Spangenberg’s sacrifice fly after a pair of Diamondbacks throwing errors and a walk.

Brad Ziegler earned a save in his 500th career appearance, escaping in the ninth after the Padres put runners on second and third with two outs.

The Diamondbacks, winners of six of their last eight games, went ahead in the first when Goldschmidt drove in A.J. Pollock with a groundout.


Pollock was credited with a ground-rule double leading off the first when he hit a drive to left field and the ball got stuck between pieces of padding on the wall on the fly.


The Padres called up infielder Brett Wallace from Triple-A El Paso and optioned right-hander Cory Mazzoni in a corresponding move.

The 28-year-old Wallace was added to the 40-man roster when the club designated pitcher Eury De La Rosa for assignment. Wallace, who entered as a pinch-hitter late in the game, is back in the majors for the first time since 2013 with Houston.

He’s reunited with Murphy, his head coach in college at Arizona State.

Mazzoni allowed 20 earned runs in 8 2-3 innings over eight appearances.


Padres: RHP Josh Johnson, coming back from Tommy John surgery, threw a simulated game Monday and left early with tingling in his fingers. Murphy said he didn’t know more beyond Johnson being scheduled for an MRI.

Diamondbacks: RF Yasmany Tomas was hit on the left elbow by a first-inning pitch from Shields that registered 89 mph. Tomas was checked by trainers but stayed in the game for the moment. He made a diving catch of a sinking liner from Yangervis Solarte for the first out of the third inning, then was replaced by Danny Dorn to start the fourth. Tomas has a bruise and X-rays were negative, the club announced. Hale said he’ll likely give Tomas off on Saturday. … RHP Archie Bradley threw 54 pitches in a simulated game Thursday. He’s been on the 15-day disabled list since June 4 with right shoulder tendinitis.


Padres: RHP Tyson Ross pitches Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Ross (3-7) has lost his last two starts and leads the team in walks with 42 and wild pitches with seven.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray will make his fifth start of the season and the first of his career against the Padres. He’s 2-1 with a 1.09 ERA.

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