A long night that lifted the Padres’ spirits led into a leisurely day that didn’t do anything for their disposition.
Arizona handed the Padres their fifth loss in six games, beating the home team 7-3 on a sunny Sunday afternoon before a Military Day crowd of 30,520 at Petco Park.
Any immediate bounce the Padres hoped to get from Saturday night’s 5-3, 14-inning win over the Diamondbacks was short-lived.
Sitting in the Padres dugout before the game, manager Andy Green said of big wins: “They can be that seismic shift for a team on occasion, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.”
A few hours later, four Arizona home runs let the air out of the balloon. Coming into the game, Padres pitchers had surrendered only nine home runs over the season’s first 12 games.
Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin took the mound with a 0.93 ERA, having allowed but one run in 9 2/3 innings over two appearances. Erlin’s ERA swelled to 4.02 by the time his six innings were over.
Erlin allowed three of the D-backs’ homers. Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run homer in first inning and added a solo shot in the fifth. Brandon Drury hit a two-run homer in the fourth.
Erlin (1-2) gave up six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk before he was relieved by Kevin Quackenbush, who allowed Phil Gosselin’s homer leading off the eighth.
Arizona manager Chip Hale rested five of his regulars following Saturday night’s loss.
It showed defensively in the first inning.
Trailing 2-0 before they came to bat, the Padres got even before the inning ended.
Wil Myers, moved up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season with center fielder Jon Jay getting his first day off, singled to center to get things started.
Cory Spangenberg followed with a bunt that Arizona starting pitcher Patrick Corbin threw down the right field line when second baseman Drury was slow to cover at first base.
Myers came all the way around to score on the play, with Spangenberg winding up at third base. Spangenberg scored to make it 2-2 when Matt Kemp stroked a ball to left field that eluded Rickie Weeks and rolled to the wall.
Melvin Upton Jr. gave the Padres (4-9) a brief 3-2 lead with an RBI triple in the third inning before the D-backs (5-8) went back to hitting homers.
Arizona starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (1-1) allowed six hits and three runs [one earned]over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and three walks before being relieved. TNS