Arizona Diamondbacks’ 24-game road losing skid finally ends with rout of Padres

It had been 62 days and 24 road matches since the Arizona Diamondbacks shook hands on an opponent’s field after a triumph.

“You can’t imagine how good it feels,” manager Torey Lovullo said after the Diamondbacks snapped their MLB-record, 24-game road losing streak by routing the San Diego Padres 10-1 on Saturday night.

Merrill Kelly threw six strong scoreless innings, and Eduardo Escobar had four hits and five RBIs.

Escobar and Christian Walker homered for the Diamondbacks, who hadn’t won away from Chase Field since April 25, when Madison Bumgarner pitched seven no-hit innings at Atlanta.

“I’m proud of these guys,” Lovullo said. “We played a real good baseball game today, we had a good approach and we won our first road game in a couple months. It’s actually hard to even think about, it’s hard to say, but I’ve heard several people talking about it already so it’s a burden we’ve been walking around with and it feels real nice to get rid of.”

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games and 34 of 37 overall. They lost 11-5 in the series opener Friday night when Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in his first three at-bats.

But the Diamondbacks bounced back with a runaway victory versus the Padres, who opened this homestand by taking four versus the Reds and three against the defending World Series champion Dodgers.

Arizona managed to quiet the fans who had rocked Petco Park the previous eight games, the first since 100% capacity was allowed under the state’s reopening plan.

Escobar connected for a two-run homer, and drove in runs with a double, a single and a groundout. He finished a triple shy of the cycle.

“No one comes to the ballpark to lose, but I still believe in my team and the talent on this team,” Escobar said through an interpreter.

Kelly (4-7) allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none.

“This season has been not one that we set out to play, but any time we can end a streak like that, it obviously helps not only for myself, but just the morale and camaraderie for the team, for sure,” Kelly said.

On Monday, Kelly threw seven strong innings and the Diamondbacks ended their record 17-game losing streak.

Arizona star Ketel Marte singled with one out in the first off Dinelson Lamet and then left the game with tightness in his left hamstring.

Lamet (2-3) left with one out in the third, one batter after surrendering Escobar’s 17th homer. The Padres have been bringing Lamet along slowly after he missed his final regular-season starts of 2020 because of an elbow issue. He chose to rehab in the offseason rather than have reconstructive surgery. He has made it through five innings only twice in nine starts this year.

Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Lamet felt fatigue in his forearm and was having trouble gripping his slider.

Walker homered leading off the second, his fourth.

Tatis just missed a three-run homer in the fifth and ended up striking out.

Arizona shut down two big scoring chances for the Padres.

San Diego had runners on first and third with one out in the second before Kelly got the final two outs. In the seventh, San Diego had runners on second and third with no outs, and then loaded the bases with two outs before former Padres pitcher Ryan Buchter struck out Jake Cronenworth.

San Diego finally scored in the ninth, on Tommy Pham’s single.

Lamet allowed four runs and six hits in 2⅓ innings.

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