SAN DIEGO -- On Aug. 10, the Arizona Diamondbacks departed Phoenix on a nine-game road trip that was packed for opportunity.
All the games would be played against teams trailing their respective divisions -- Cincinnati, Texas and San Diego. But the first two stops didn't produce the expected results. The Diamondbacks lost two of three in Cincinnati and split a short two-game series against the Rangers.
But they got back on track Thursday night in the first contest of a four-game series at Petco Park, defeating the Padres 5-1 behind Clay Buchholz's 10th career complete game.