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    SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Blanks was on his way back to the minor leagues ten days ago. Nike Air Vapormax Aus . Now it appears hell be sticking around for a while. Blanks hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, snapping a 1-1 tie and lifting San Diego to a season-high sixth straight win, 4-1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Blanks eighth home run of the season and second in two days came off reliever David Hernandez (2-4) and made a winner out of Clayton Richard (2-5), giving the Padres a three-game sweep. "Any situation is big but to produce late in the game makes it that much better," said Blanks. Blanks has hit safely in 11 of his last 15 games, batting .321 during that span. "There is no secret. Ive been just trying to stay consistent ... really focusing on trying to get good swings and putting those good swings on good pitches and typically good things happen when you do that." Ten days ago Blanks had been assigned to Triple-A Tucson but made a quick U-turn when injuries befell first baseman Yonder Alonso and outfielder Cameron Maybin. "Hes got raw power, hes a big man with legitimate power that plays in the big leagues," said Padres manager Bud Black. "Hes taken this opportunity of regular play and really playing well whether in the outfield or at first base. Hes responding. Hes making a statement." Richard went a season-high eight innings, allowing one run on seven hits. He walked none and struck out one as he improved to 7-1 in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks. It was his first win as a starter since Sept. 20. 2012, ending a streak of seven consecutive losing decisions. "For the most part my fast ball was down in the zone," said Richard, "and thats big for me." Huston Street came on in the ninth to pick up his 13th save in 14 opportunities for the Padres (35-34), who moved above 500. for the first time since closing the 2010 season with a 90-72 record. The Padres have gone 30-19 since April 24th, are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and have pulled within two games of first-place Arizona in the NL West. Blanks had gone 0 for 3 against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy before launching a hanging breaking ball from Hernandez. Kennedy, who is appealing a 10-game suspension for his part in a the teams recent brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Kennedy also had a pair of singles and drove in the Diamondbacks first run in the top of the third with a single to centre that scored Cliff Pennington, who had doubled and stole third. In the bottom of the third, the Padres Will Venable hit his ninth home run of the season, a 429-foot blast to right-centre off Kennedy. It stayed that way until the eighth. Everth Cabrera opened the inning with his third single of the game and Chase Headley walked with two outs before Blanks hit a 1-2 pitch 379 feet into the left-field bleachers. That gave Richards his first win as a starter this season. He had a relief win earlier in the season. "Clayton threw the ball well, look at the results," said Black. "I thought he had good command of his fastball, especially down in the strike zone. And he utilized his two-seam fastball with 89 to 90 velocity and got the good sliders and good sinking fastball." One of his best pitches was a slider on which he got Paul Goldschmidt, the NL RBI leader, to ground into a double play with runners on first and third and one out in the sixth. "We got outplayed in every aspect of the game in this series," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. "We scored six runs in three games. Thats pretty telling right there. You have to give them credit. We have to redeem ourselves." NOTES: Padres OF Carlos Quentin remained out of the starting lineup with an ailing left shoulder. Black said that team orthopedic surgeon Heinz Hoenecke would evaluate Quentin during a game. ... Padres INF Jedd Gyorko, currently on the DL with a groin strain, will travel with the team to San Francisco on Monday and according to Black will do some hitting on the field and take ground balls. Black is hopeful hell resume normal baseball activities by the end of the week. ... Arizona INF Aaron Hill (broken left hand) went 1-for-4 with an RBI Saturday in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Reno. ... Gibson said INF Eric Chavez (strained oblique) is a few weeks away from returning. ... RHP Brandon McCarthy will resume light throwing activities Monday. McCarthy has been on the disabled list since June 1 with right shoulder inflammation. Gibson said McCarthys shoulder "feels good." ... The Padres will send RHP Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.87 ERA) to the mound Monday against Giants LHP Barry Zito (4-5, 4.79). ... Arizona heads home to face Miami with LHP Patrick Corbin (9-0, 2.28) facing RHP Jacob Turner (1-0, 1.80). Air Max 360 . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. Nike Air Vapormax Cs . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. . PETERSBURG, Fla. SAN FRANCISCO -- Even when he lacks his best stuff, Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke usually has enough to beat the Giants.On Tuesday night, one big inning from his Arizona teammates helped, too.Greinke threw six solid innings to continue his mastery of San Francisco and the Diamondbacks beat Johnny Cueto and the Giants 4-3.He just sucked it up and was able to get us through six, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. It was almost like he was trying to make perfect pitches. The last couple innings he went back to just working down in the zone and getting early count outs.Greinke (12-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits to earn his ninth win in 13 career starts against San Francisco and his first overall since Aug. 9.Arizonas ace also improved to 4-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts at AT&T Park.I think the first time I pitched here I gave up five runs, Greinke said. Its a good place to pitch obviously. I felt I was making good pitches all game. I couldnt strike anyone out but I was getting weak contact so it was fine.Welington Castillo hit a two-run single to cap a four-run fifth that chased Cueto, while A.J. Pollock singled twice and reached four times to help the Diamondbacks end a four-game losing streak to their division rival.Daniel Hudson gave up an RBI single to Angel Pagan in the ninth but retired three batters for his second save.The loss keeps the Giants 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.Cueto (14-5) pitched well early but failed to make it out of the fifth for the first time this season. He allowed four runs, walked four and struck out five.I think the pitches caught up with him, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. His command was a little off, he started missing his spots. It just got away from him.Pagan and Hunter Pence had three hits apiece for San Francisco.In the fifth, Chris Owings hit ann RBI triple, and after Cueto walked Greinke, Jean Segura singled in Owings. Air Max 270 Hot Punch. Two batters later, Castillos two-run single gave Arizona a 4-1 lead and ended Cuetos night.Once we got something going we kept it going, Hale said.Brandon Crawford drove in San Franciscos first run with a sacrifice fly in the third.Pence and Joe Panik hit back-to-back doubles in the sixth to make it 4-2.DEFENSIVE GEMThe Diamondbacks preserved the win by turning double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. Second baseman Segura started the inning-ender in the eighth when he fielded Paniks grounder near second base and flipped the ball out of his glove to shortstop Owings, who threw to first to complete the double play.CUETOS SLUMP CONTINUESCueto dominated the first half but has struggled since. The NLs starting pitcher in the All-Star game has just one win in nine starts since the break.TRAINERS ROOMDiamondbacks: Chris Herrmann (strained left hamstring) continues to rehab with Triple-A Reno and Hale is confident the catcher will rejoin the big league club soon.Giants: Span left the game with a stiff neck in the seventh. ... Pence had missed the last three games with a strained right hamstring. ... Jake Peavy received a cortisone shot to alleviate some of the pain in his lower back.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (2-9) will be called up from Reno to make his 15th start of the season Wednesday in the second half of this two-game series. Miller hasnt pitched in the majors since July 6 and his 7.14 ERA is nearly double that of any previous season.Giants: LHP Matt Moore (8-10) pitches the finale for San Francisco. Moore lost his bid for a no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning against the Dodgers in his most recent start. 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      April 3, 2018 12:59 AM MDT