PHOENIX (AP) — Merrill Kelly gave the Diamondbacks another strong pitching performance, Carson Kelly hit a two-run homer and Arizona beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 on Tuesday night.
The Diamondbacks have won seven of their past eight games, improving to 12-11 for the season. It’s the first time they’ve been above .500 this year.
Coming off a doubleheader sweep in Atlanta on Sunday in which Madison Bumgarner pitched a no-hitter and Zac Gallen threw a one-hitter in a pair of seven-inning shutouts, Merrill Kelly kept up the mound mastery.
Kelly (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in six innings, striking out five. He lowered his ERA to 6.33 after struggling in his first four starts of the season.
Carson Kelly’s long, high-arching homer in the sixth pushed the D-backs ahead 5-1 and chased San Diego starter Chris Paddack (1-3) from the game. It was the catcher’s sixth homer of the season.
The Diamondbacks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Trent Grisham dropped Nick Heath’s line drive into the left-center gap. It looked like Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar could have made the easier play, but Grisham called him off and the ball richocheted off his glove and rolled to the wall.
Carson Kelly and Nick Ahmed scored while Heath made it all the way to third.
San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. scored the Padres’ lone run after reaching base in the sixth on a leadoff double.
THE NO-HITTER THAT WASN’T
Bumgarner’s won’t go into the official list of no-hitters. MLB’s eight-man committee on statistical accuracy decided in 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of nine or more innings that ended with no hits.
It took Bumgarner 98 pitches to get through the seven innings. Manager Torey Lovullo hinted that Bumgarner would have been allowed to throw somewhere in the range of 120 to 130…