Originally Published: April 27, 2017 11 p.m.
PHOENIX — Taijuan Walker matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight effective innings, Chris Owings hit a pair of solo homers and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 Thursday night.
The Diamondbacks jumped on Jered Weaver (0-2) with three homers a night after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a loss to San Diego.
Yasmany Tomas had a two-run homer and three RBIs to help Arizona match its best ever home start at 11-3.
Tomas also lined a run-scoring double and Walker (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits. The Diamondbacks have opened a season with four straight home series wins for the third time.
Ryan Schmipf had a solo home run for the Padres after hitting the go-ahead three-run homer the night before.
Walker got off to a shaky start, allowing a run in the first inning on Yangervis Solarte’s single. The right-hander had the Padres off-balance the rest of the night, retiring 12 of 13 batters — one was hit by a pitch — before Schmipf’s homer in the seventh.
Weaver had pitched well since losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first start of the season, yet had three straight no-decisions entering Thursday’s start despite allowing two earned runs in each.
One problem: Giving up home runs.
Weaver entered Thursday’s game allowing 2.74 homers per nine innings, most in the NL.
The hot-hitting Diamondbacks added to that ratio.
Owing hit the first in the third inning. The right-handed Tomas hit his shot to right field in the fourth and Owings hit another homer later in the inning.
Tomas added a run-scoring double off Weaver in the sixth inning to put Arizona up 5-1.
Weaver allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, though may not opt to have Tommy John surgery. He is considering rehabilitating his elbow, possibly with stem cell injections.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three career appearances at AT&T Park heading into Friday’s start at the San Francisco Giants.
Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray is 2-1 with a 5.30 ERA and 39 strikeouts in seven career starts against Colorado heading into Friday’s game against the Rockies.