Second-place Diamondbacks cut Padres' NL West lead

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chad Tracy made sure the Arizona Diamondbacks
did not lose ground during their trip to San Diego.

Tracy had his first two-homer game, and the Diamondbacks beat
the Padres 6-1 Sunday to secure a split of the four-game series and
move within 5˝ games of first-place San Diego in the NL West.

"We had to have that one," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin
said. "That was a big swing. Five and a half wasn't what we
envisioned when we won the first game, but 7˝ would have been

Tracy hit a solo home run in the third off Tim Stauffer, then
connected for a two-run shot off Chris Hammond in the seventh for a
4-1 lead.

"There is a big difference between winning and losing that
game," Tracy said. "A game right now is huge considering how the
West looks. We cannot let the Padres get too far ahead."

Tracy, who raised his average to .313, has hit 13 homers,
including one on Saturday night in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 loss.

"There are times when guys carry teams and we haven't had that
this year," Melvin said. "He carried us today."

Tracy finished the four-game series 8-for-18 with four runs,
three home runs, a double and six RBI.

Tracy used one of teammate Luis Gonzalez's 33-ounce bats on
Saturday night when he homered off Jake Peavy and used it again

"It's a couple of ounces heavier than mine. I think I'll keep
on using it," he said.

Brad Halsey (6-7) pitched six strong innings, holding the Padres
to one run on five hits. Halsey is 2-0 against San Diego this
season with a 1.89 ERA in three starts. Halsey also beat San Diego
5-3 on April 22 at Arizona.

"He shut us down," said Brian Giles, who went 1-for-3 with a
walk. "We had guys on base here and there. We never got the big
hit. He's been tough on us all year."

Jose Valverde pitched two innings for his second save in three

On Saturday night, Peavy said: "We got a foot on their throats.
I hope we can break their backs tomorrow, put some distance between

The Diamondbacks didn't forget.

"I guess we got a reprieve," Melvin said.

Tracy laughed and added: "They didn't (win), so I guess they
didn't break our backs. We'll be OK if we play like we did in the
first game and the last game."

The Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Craig
Counsell led off with a single and advanced to second on a
groundout. He then scored on Troy Glaus' two-out single, the first
of his three hits.

Arizona increased its lead to 2-0 in the third on Tracy's solo
homer with one out before San Diego scored in the fourth on a
sacrifice fly by Ben Johnson.

Stauffer, who came in having won two straight decisions for the
first time in 11 career starts, allowed two runs and seven hits in
six innings. The rookie struck out two and walked two.

"I thought he did a nice job," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy
said. "He gave us a chance to win that ballgame, but we couldn't
do much against Halsey."

Counsell walked to lead off the seventh inning against Hammond,
who then gave up the two-run homer to Tracy.

"He's deceptive because he throws slow, slower and slowest,"
Tracy said. "But he hung a changeup and I did what any major
league hitter is supposed to do with a hanging changeup."

San Diego threatened in the eighth against Valverde. Giles drew
a leadoff walk and went to second on Ramon Hernandez's single. But
Valverde struck out Xavier Nady looking on a full-count fastball
and then got Greene on a flyout. Pinch-hitter Robert Fick ended the
inning with a popup.

Royce Clayton added a two-run single in the ninth to close out
the scoring.

Game notes
Bochy said that RHP Adam Eaton, on the DL with a strained
tendon in his right middle finger, received a cortisone shot in his
finger on Sunday and will be reevaluated when the swelling goes
down in a couple of days. ... Stauffer got hit on his right leg by
Luis Terrero's line drive in the sixth inning. Stauffer, who was in
obvious pain, finished the inning. ... Glaus got knocked down when
he ran into umpire Paul Runge while chasing a foul popup in the
fifth inning. Eric Young hit a short popup past third base and
Glaus turned to give chase. Glaus, however, ran right into Runge,
who failed to move quickly enough to get out of the way. Glaus, who
has a left knee tendon strain, fell face first to the ground. Young
then popped up on the next pitch to Glaus.