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Stopper: Williams helps Padres end four-game skid

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Woody Williams gave the San Diego Padres the
pitching performance they needed.

Williams won his second straight start and Dave Roberts had
three RBI as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks
8-2 Friday night to stop a four-game losing streak.

"That was a clutch performance by Woody," said Mike Cameron,
who hit a two-run homer. "But that's what we've come to expect
from him. He is a veteran guy who knows how to win."

Williams (6-4) allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out
four and walked two. Cla Meredith and Scott Williamson followed
with hitless relief.

After getting swept at home in a four-game series against San
Francisco, the Padres pulled within three games of NL West-leading
Los Angeles.

"It was big, no doubt about it," said Williams, who turns 40
on Saturday. "We had to do something positive. The guys came out
to play today. The attitude and the environment were really good
today. I think everyone realized that it couldn't get any worse
than the last four days."

San Diego moved into a tie with Arizona for second place in the
NL West, and both clubs also pulled within one game of Cincinnati,
the NL wild-card leader. The Padres won for the third time in 11
games and are 13-21 since the All-Star break, when they led the
division by two games.

"It's great to be resilient and bounce back after a tough
series against the Giants," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"It's huge for the ballclub."

Conor Jackson had two hits for Arizona, including a two-out
homer in the sixth.

Enrique Gonzalez (3-5) gave up five runs and six hits in 6 1-3
innings, dropping to 0-3 in six starts since beating Los Angeles on
July 17. It was his longest outing since then.

"I left too many pitches up and missed the plate," Gonzalez
said.

Todd Walker's bases-loaded walk and Geoff Blum's two-run single
put San Diego ahead 3-0 in the first. The Diamondbacks have been
outscored 119-57 in the first inning.

"He didn't have as good of command in the first as it was
later," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

Blum started in place of Khalil Greene at shortstop. Green, who
recently missed six games with a sprained middle finger on his left
hand, is still bothered by the injury.

Cameron hit a homered off Brandon Medders to cap a three-run
seventh inning that put San Diego ahead 6-1. Roberts had an RBI
single in the inning.

Chris Young, making his major league debut for Arizona, singled
in the eighth for his first major league hit and scored on a bloop
single by Stephen Drew. Roberts added a two-run single in the
eighth off Jorge Julio.

Game notes
The popular Bochy received rare boos when he took out
Williams. ... Meredith, who got the final out of the eighth, has
not allowed a run in his last 16 appearances and 18 innings.