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Diamondbacks 12, Padres 7

Diamondbacks 12, Padres 7
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Young figures the Arizona Diamondbacks can have a powerful offense all season.

Young and Miguel Montero each hit a three-run homers, Ryan Roberts added a solo shot and Arizona rallied from five runs down to beat the San Diego Padres 12-7 on Sunday and snap a four-game losing streak.

"That's the potential we have in our lineup," said Young, who also singled, doubled and had four RBIs. "We haven't been clicking. We had some guys on, some guys off. Today was one of those days where everybody came out ready to go. You could see the aggressiveness at the plate, guys out there really trying to make things happen."

Arizona right-hander Dan Haren gave up two homers and five runs in the first two innings but settled down from there. He lasted five innings, his longest outing of the spring.

Jody Gerut and Edgar Gonzalez homered for San Diego.

Hitters from both teams benefited from the blustery conditions. Gonzalez had to pause after rounding second base until an umpire signaled his two-run homer off Haren had cleared the fence. Gerut's homer also appeared wind-blown.

Defensively, it was just the opposite. Outfielders had trouble tracking fly balls in the wind, with San Diego committing four errors while Arizona had one.

"If it's real hot or real cold you can kind of deal with it, but no one likes the wind," Haren said. "The outfielders hate it. It's tough out there. You see a lot of balls misplayed. Pitching-wise, sometimes the ball's moving a little bit more than usual. It's just uncomfortable."

Haren said the conditions affected his pitching early. San Diego's first three batters reached base and scored, then Gerut added a two-run shot in the second to make it 5-0.

"The conditions out there weren't really conducive to pitching," said Haren, who struck out five but gave up nine hits. "I got some balls up early. I was more focused on being down as the game went along and had some better results. The important thing is I feel real good, the ball's coming out nice, I'm working all my pitches. I'm not too concerned with the results."

San Diego starter Josh Greer gave up only four hits but two of them were three-run homers. He also walked three as his ERA ballooned to 10.43 this spring.

"It was going to be an offensive game, you saw that early when an All-Star pitcher (Haren) gives up five runs," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "Regardless of the conditions, you have to evaluate your players. The home run to Young was a ball up in the strike zone and the three-run homer that Montero hit was a changeup that was down and in that was supposed to be down and away."

Young started Arizona's comeback with his three-run homer off Greer with one out in the third. One out later, Chad Tracy hit the first of his three doubles and Mark Reynolds walked before Montero homered to right to give the Diamondbacks a 6-5 lead.

Tracy added run-scoring doubles in the fifth and sixth, and Roberts homered in the seventh.

Luis Rodriguez had three singles for San Diego, which has dropped seven straight and nine of 10 overall.

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