D-backs look for another reason to celebrate vs. Padres

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Aug 6, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen (23) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Target Field.
Aug 6, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen (23) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Target Field.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks hope ace Zac Gallen can help end their nine-game losing streak on Saturday when the franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary during a clash versus the visiting San Diego Padres at Phoenix

Gallen (11-5, 3.37 ERA) is 2-3 with a 3.70 ERA in 10 career starts against the Padres


Arizona, which has not won since July 31, dropped a 10-5 decision on Friday in the opener of the three-game series against the Padres

The Diamondbacks, who are 7-25 in their past 32 games, expect more than 60 former players to take part in Saturday's anniversary celebration


"I don't know what else to do," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said of his team, which is 12 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers after being tied with them for first place in the National League West at the All-Star break. That was one month ago

"I want the guys to focus on the right things, relax and keep things simple. Now, that doesn't mean don't try hard. I want everybody's absolute best effort.

Promising for the Diamondbacks on Saturday is facing veteran left-hander Rich Hill (7-11, 5.09)

Hill has only one win against the Diamondbacks in 13 career starts. He is 1-8 with a 6.18 ERA


In contrast to Hill's woes against Arizona, Blake Snell continued his mastery of the Diamondbacks on Friday

Snell allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out seven and walking four


"The strikeouts are always there and he limited the hits, so it ended up being another Blake Snell game," said San Diego manager Bob Melvin, whose team snapped a four-game losing streak

The Padres matched their run total during that streak with what they scored Friday


Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Juan Soto and Xander Bogaerts were a combined 5-for-59 at the plate in the four straight losses to the Dodgers and Seattle Mariners

They went 10-for-19 against the Diamondbacks on Friday

"It's huge," Melvin said of the production of his top four hitters. "It's our identity. It's who we are. Those guys have to perform and certainly tonight it shows you what our expectations are for these guys.


Bogaerts had four hits, including a two-run homer and double, and finished with three RBIs

Tatis finished with three hits, including a run-scoring double

Soto had an RBI triple and Machado an RBI single in a four-run rally in third inning that gave San Diego a 6-1 lead


The Padres' Ha-Seong Kim also extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single in the sixth. The streak is a career best for Kim and the longest current streak in the majors

The Diamondbacks' five runs Friday are the most they have scored since July 26, when they lost 11-7 to the St. Louis Cardinals


They have not scored more than five runs in a game in their past 13 games

An encouraging development for Arizona in Friday's game was a three-run home run by Tommy Pham, acquired from the New York Mets on Aug. 1


It was his first home run with the Diamondbacks and 11th overall this season

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