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ARI@STL: McCarthy tosses six strong innings vs. Cards

The Padres have seen what outfielder Carlos Quentin can do for the starting lineup when he's healthy. Heck, they've even seen what he's been able to when not fully healthy.

"He has that damage potential," Padres third baseman Chase Headley said.

After not starting the last six games due to a sore right groin, Quentin figures to be in left field on Monday when the Padres open a three-game series against the D-backs at Chase Field.

"We talked about starting him today," Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday.

Instead, Quentin was available to pinch-hit and drove in the winning run with a single.

The Padres certainly like the idea of getting four or so at-bats in a game from Quentin, who missed 39 games of the season while recovering from a bone bruise to his left knee in Spring Training.

He hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run against the Rockies on May 18. Then, on Saturday, he came off the bench and hit another two-run shot to left field that cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2, which ended up being the final score.

"He's a dynamic offensive player," Black said.

Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross face off Monday.

Ross has benefited from a full-time move to the rotation. Last season, he split time starting and working from the bullpen, as he registered 15 starts and 20 relief appearances.

In 10 starts this season, his 2.64 ERA ranks first in the Padres' active rotation. Ross has recorded 61 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. His only issue has been a slightly inflated 3.6 walks per nine ratio.

Ross shut down the Twins in his last outing Wednesday. The righty allowed just one run in seven innings and struck out seven.

On the other side, McCarthy has struggled in his first 10 starts. He leads the Majors with six losses, and holds an unimpressive 4.67 ERA. However, he's walking fewer than two batters per nine innings and striking out eight batters per nine, a career-best.

McCarthy showed signs of a rebound in his last two outings. He allowed one run in each start, most recently a no-decision against the Cardinals where he lasted six innings.

Padres: Power in a pinch
Quentin's pinch-hit home run Saturday was the Padres' sixth pinch-hit home run as a team this season, double that of second-place Washington.

This is the first time in franchise history the Padres have totaled six or more pinch-hit home runs through 50 games. The total already ranks 10th in franchise history for pinch-hit home runs in a single-season and is just two shy of last season's total.

The Padres are the fourth team in Major League history to have six pinch-hit home runs through 50 team games and the first since the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks had a Major League record nine homers in the pinch through 50 games.

Diamondbacks: Chavez splits doubleheader
Arizona third baseman Eric Chavez made his first start at third since May 7 and his first start overall since May 11 in the first game of a double-header with the Mets.

Chavez finished 1-for-4 with his third double of the season. In Game 2, Martin Prado started at third.

Knee issues have diminished Chavez's opportunities to play. When given the opportunity this season, he's flourished. In 62 plate appearances, he's hit .291/.371/.527.

"We've been working on it," Gibson said. "It's been several days in between starts, and we'll see how his knee reacts to this as well."

Worth noting
• Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-11 with three extra-base hits -- two home runs, one triple -- in his career versus Ross.

• McCarthy has been lights out in four career starts against the Padres, posting a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings with three victories. Comments