Tomas gets 3 hits, Diamondbacks beat Padres 9-8
Mar. 25, 2016
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Yasmany Tomas got three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 9-8 on Thursday.
Tomas hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning. Jason Bourgeois added a two-run double.
"Tomas is having great at-bats," said Arizona manager Chip Hale. "Most good right-handed hitters will use right field, and that's what he's been doing."
After Tomas' double, which snapped a 5-5 tie, Jason Bourgeois added a two-run double in the same inning.
Phil Gosselin drove in two runs with a triple and single and the Diamondbacks took a 5-0 lead against starter Colin Rea. The Padres responded with a four-run, second inning. The frame was highlighted by Melvin Upton Jr.'s two-run double off Arizona starter Anthony Banda.
Rea lasted only three innings.
"Colin ran into trouble in the first, but I liked the way he finished," said Padres manager Andy Green. "Once the season begins, getting stronger into games will be a big help."
Wil Myers led the Padres attack with a 2-for-3 day, and reserve infielder Adam Rosales scored two runs.
Arizona starter Anthony Bonda, targeted for the minors, went the first three innings. The left-hander gave up four hits, four runs and three earned, walked none and fanned three hitters. He threw 50 pitches, 32 for strikes.
Scheduled for his regular turn Thursday, opening day starter Zack Greinke was held out of this game in favor of a minor league contest at Salt River.
Rea surrendered six hits, five runs, four earned. He threw 75 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Arizona: Outfielder A. J. Pollock, out with a bruised right elbow, is expected back in the lineup by early next week. Manager Chip Hale wants Pollock to get at least 35 at-bats in the remaining spring games.
On Friday, the Padres take on the Texas Rangers (6:05 p.m. PDT) in Surprise. Right-hander Tyson Ross is expected to start for San Diego, and lefty Cole Hamels for the Rangers.
The Diamondbacks entertain Cleveland at Salt River in an afternoon game. Righty Shelby Miller is slated to start for Arizona and former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber gets the nod for the Tribe.