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Padres (ss) 7, Diamondbacks (ss) 6

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- Terrmel Sledge has certainly shown enough power to secure a starting job in left field for the San Diego Padres.

Sledge hit his sixth home run of spring training and the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 in a split-squad game Saturday.

Matt Antonelli's three-run shot capped a seven-run seventh inning for San Diego.

"I'm happy I was able to come through," said Antonelli, a first-round pick in last year's draft out of Wake Forest. "The pitcher fell behind 3-0, so I knew I'd get a good pitch to hit."

Rookie outfielder Will Venable, son of former big leaguer Max Venable, had a two-run single.

Six runs in San Diego's big inning were charged to Doug Slaten. Right-hander Mike Thompson started for the Padres and went four innings, allowing two runs -- one earned.

Arturo Lopez was the winning pitcher and Mike Ekstrom worked the ninth for the save.

The game was played before a crowd of 5,847 in Yuma, the Padres' spring training home from 1969-93 before they moved to Peoria.