Kelly, Calhoun lead Diamondbacks past Padres 5-1

PHOENIX (AP) — Merrill Kelly pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Kole Calhoun hit a solo homer and a run-scoring single, and the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled away late to beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Friday night.

Kelly (3-1) continued his impressive start to the season after earning a spot in the rotation during summer camp. The right-hander gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out seven and lowered his season ERA to 1.71.

After a rough start to the season, the D-backs have won six of nine games to improve to 9-11. The Padres fell to 11-10. It was already the eighth meeting between the teams in 2020 and the Padres still lead the series 5-3.

Emerging San Diego ace Dinelson Lamet and Kelly traded scoreless innings until the sixth, when Calhoun ripped a line drive homer that just cleared the right-field wall. It was Calhoun’s fifth homer of the season.

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Lamet (2-1) continued his string of good outings, giving up exactly one earned run in all five of his starts this season. He threw six innings on Friday, giving up three hits and striking out eight. He has a 1.59 ERA this season.

The D-backs added four runs in the eighth. Calhoun, Starling Marte and David Peralta all had run-scoring hits while Ketel Marte brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. The Padres managed just six hits and didn’t score until the ninth inning.

113? LET’S PLAY OUTDOOR BASEBALL

The Diamondbacks made the surprising decision to play outdoor baseball at Chase Field after opening the retractable roof. Phoenix is in the midst of one of its hottest summers in its recorded history and Friday was no exception — it topped out at a record-tying 117 degrees.

The temperature was 113 degrees at the 6:40 p.m. first pitch and over 100 for the entire game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Reliever Kirby Yates abruptly left the game in the eighth inning after facing one batter. He got Daulton Varsho to strike out swinging on a ball that bounced in front of the plate, but Varsho advanced to first when catcher Francisco Mejía couldn’t corral the hop. Trainers immediately came out to attend to Yates, who was already walking off the field by the time they arrived.

Diamondbacks: Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said LHP Madison Bumgarner threw 38 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday. He went on the 10-day injured list earlier in the week with a pulled muscle in his back. Bumgarner has struggled in his first season with Arizona since signing an $85 million, five-year deal during the offseason. He has an 0-3 record, a 9.35 ERA and his fastball has rarely touched 90 miles per hour.

UP NEXT

Padres: San Diego sends RHP Cal Quantrill (2-0, 3.12) to the mound for his first start of the season. He’s given up three runs over 8 2/3 innings during three relief appearances.

Diamondbacks: Arizona will use LHP Alex Young (1-0, 4.66) in a starting role for the first time in 2020. The 26-year-old had a 3.56 ERA last season in 17 appearances, including 15 starts.

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