SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chase Headley hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Batting left-handed, Headley drove a 1-1 pitch from Juan Gutierrez (0-1) down the right-field line for his first home run of the season.
With the Padres trailing 3-2, Nick Hundley opened the inning with a walk and was sacrificed by Jerry Hairston Jr. After Everth Cabrera struck out, David Eckstein doubled over left fielder Gerardo Parra's head to bring in Hundley with the tying run. Adrian Gonzalez was intentionally walked to bring up Headley. It was Gutierrez's first blown save in as many chances.
Heath Bell (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.
Starting in the third, the Padres retired the last 19 Diamondbacks, two with assists from Blanks, the left fielder. Blanks threw out Jackson trying to stretch a single into a double in the fourth, then threw out Justin Upton trying to take second on an error by Headley, the third baseman.
Arizona starter Edwin Jackson held San Diego to three hits in six scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out three.
San Diego's late rally got Jon Garland off the hook for what would have been his third straight loss to open the season. Garland issued three of his five walks during a three-run Diamondbacks rally in the third, and they all factored in the scoring.
Connor Jackson hit a leadoff single and Stephen Drew walked. With two outs, Kelly Johnson walked to load the bases and Garland walked Chris Young on four straight pitches to force in the first run. Parra singled to right to make it 3-0.
Garland allowed three runs and four hits in five innings, with two strikeouts.
San Diego got its first run in the seventh when Blanks hit a leadoff walk, advanced on Scott Hairston's fly to center and scored on Hundley's groundout.
The Padres loaded the bases against Heilman in the eighth when David Eckstein and Adrian Gonzalez singled with one out and Will Venable walked with two outs. Blanks drew a bases-loaded walk before third baseman Mark Reynolds caught Hairston's pop foul near the stands.
Reynolds made two great plays. He raced in to field Everth Cabrera's bunt leading off the eighth and threw out the speedy runner. Reynolds' momentum left him sprawled near home. In the first, Reynolds made a diving stop of Eckstein's grounder and threw him out from his knees. Parra made a nice sliding catch of Venable's fly ball in the left-field corner.
NOTES: Padres RHP Chris Young, on the disabled list with tightness in his right shoulder, played catch and said he felt fine. There's no timetable for his return. ... The San Diego State women's basketball team was honored before the game for reaching the NCAA regionals. Jene Morris, taken by the Indiana Fever with the 11th overall pick in the WNBA draft, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.