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Diamondbacks can't get Upton in yard, Kimbrel off mound in 3-2 loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO — Two of the San Diego Padres' newcomers did in the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Justin Upton hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth to save the 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Upton hit the first pitch he saw from Randall Delgado (0-1) into the seats in left. It was his third. Upton also homered in a 5-1 win Tuesday night.

"That's why they got him here," Arizona manager Chip Hale said. "He's a good hitter. We made a bad pitch and that's what happens. He pitched very well before that. He's pitched well all season for us and made one bad pitch and that's what superstar players do. He did it to us."

Kimbrel earned his third save in as many chances since joining the Padres the day before the season opener.

"It's very tough to come back against those guys," Hale said. "That's why he's probably the best closer in the game right now. You try to avoid him, that's what you do, try to get ahead early like we did in the first game and not have to face him."

Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win.

Yasmany Tomas, Arizona's heralded 24-year-old Cuban prospect, made his big league debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and grounded out to second to end the inning.

Paul Goldschmidt gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead with his opposite-field home run to right off Brandon Morrow with one out in the first off second. It was third homer of the season and his 500th career hit. Ender Inciarte was aboard on a leadoff single.

PHOTO: Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt is greeted at the dugout after blasting a two run home run against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball gameWednesday, April 15, 2015 in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt is greeted at the dugout after blasting a two run home run against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball gameWednesday, April 15, 2015 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

"That's what Goldschmidt does," Hale said. "He's a game changer. It's impressive in this ballpark. It's not easy."

San Diego came back on Yonder Alonso's RBI double in the second and Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock threw out Derek Norris trying to score from second on Will Middlebrooks' single to end the sixth.

Morrow allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked one.

Arizona starter Chase Anderson allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one.

"I felt good," he said. "I wish I could have held them to one run instead of two. It was a tight game and Morrow pitched a great game. They made some good plays behind him. It was a pitchers' duel after the third or fourth inning. I was just trying to keep it right there to give us a chance to win."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, threw a bullpen session. He's scheduled to throw another one Friday in Chicago and then likely make a rehab start.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: After a dazzling big league debut in which he beat Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NY MVP and Cy Young Award winner, Arizona right-hander Archie Bradley (1-0, 0.00) gets a shot at World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 5.40) and the Giants in San Francisco.

Padres: San Diego is off Thursday before opening a three-game series at the Chicago Cubs on Friday, when ace James Shields (1-0, 2.08) is scheduled to make his third start. Chicago is scheduled to start RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.50).

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