Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/16/13
SAN DIEGO -- It has been awhile since the National League West had an all-hands pennant race, and halfway into June is not the time to call one. But things are tightening up a bit. The Padres pulled with three games of the NL West lead with a 6-4 victory over the first-place Diamondbacks on Saturday -- and San Diego is still in fourth, also behind San Francisco and Colorado. The Padres have won five in a row, and now four teams are within a good week of first place. Not that it is troublesome to the current leaders. "You sign up for that," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Willie Bloomquist echoed that sentiment, saying, "We knew coming into it it is anybodys ballgame. We knew that day one of spring, and it still stands." After Miguel Montero hit a two-run home run off Padres right-hander Jason Marquis to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the first inning and Wade Miley threw three hitless innings, the D-backs appeared to be on the right track. But Miley could not stop the bleeding after a fielding error by shortstop Didi Gregorius early in the Padres five-run fourth inning, an inning capped by Yasmani Grandals three-run, 442-foot home run, and the D-backs had only two more hits against Marquis before scoring one run off closer Huston Street in the ninth. So Ian Kennedy will take the mound against Clayton Richard in an attempt to avoid a sweep Sunday as the D-backs look to find a way to get their bats going against a pitching staff that has shut them down with off-speed stuff the first two games. Gibson was not as troubled by the losses as the way they happened. Like left-hander Eric Stults in his complete game Friday, Marquis used his changeup to keep the Diamondbacks off-balance. The D-backs have nine hits in the series, with Monteros homer and two doubles by Gerardo Parra their only extra-base hits. "We have to play a better game tomorrow," Gibson said. "We have to make some adjustments. People just keep doing the same thing to you and you just keep acting like you dont know what is going on there -- thats bad. "After they stung us with five runs, I didnt like our at-bats at all. We should rebound better than that. A lot of off-speed stuff. You have to be better than that. They came in with a game plan and stuck with it last night and today." The slight speed bump at the plate could be seen as part of the ebb and flow of the season, one that with the emphasis on divisional play always has the potential to go down to the wire. Even though the D-backs have not been healthy all year, they have a 1 12 game lead over the Giants and Rockies. They have 11 games left against San Diego, 10 against San Francisco and nine against Colorado, not to mention 10 against L.A. The last time this much uncertainty ruled the NL West was in 2007, when the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Padres played it down to the final weekend. Arizona clinched the division title when Brandon Webb beat Colorado on the final Friday of the regular season in Denver, and the Rockies beat the Padres in a one-game playoff for the wild-card berth after San Diego lost its final two regular-season games and Colorado won its final two. The division was so strong that the D-backs and Rockies both made the NLCS, which Colorado won before losing to Boston in the World Series. The Diamondbacks could use Miley to return to his 2012 form to make a push like that, or like the one they made in winning the division by eight games in 2011. After winning 16 games and finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season, Miley has not found that same consistency this year. He has lost five of his last seven outings and has given up 35 earned runs in his last 53 13 innings, a 5.91 ERA. Chase Headley had an RBI single and Logan Forsythe a sacrifice fly on high changeups for the first two runs in the Padres fourth before Grandal hit a hanging slider into the second deck of the left-field seats to give the Padres a 5-3 lead. It was the first homer of the year for Grandal, who missed the first 50 games while serving a suspension for violating Major League Baseballs substance abuse policy. Kyle Blanks added a line-drive homer down the left-field line in the sixth for a 6-3 lead, the 11th homer off Miley in 83 13 innings this year. He gave up 14 homers in 194 23 innings last season. "He was throwing the ball good," Montero said of Miley's early performance. "When things go wrong, they go wrong. He just had probably a couple of bad pitches, and he got hit." Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Russell Westbrook leads NBA in scoring, averages a triple-double… and will not start in All-Star Game

John Tortorella challenges LeBron: “Not a chance” he could play hockey

Orioles, Mark Trumbo close to agreeing on 3-year deal

Report: Khris Middleton could return before All-Star break

Over a dozen Steelers players dealing with the flu

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mike Mularkey: Marcus Mariota ‘should be ready’ for 2017 season

WATCH: Angry fan interrupts Chargers Los Angeles presser

Serena Williams forced a reporter to apologize for saying she played poorly

Pablo Sandoval has 'reshaped himself' this offseason, John Farrell says

Report: Seahawks could lose second-rounder for not disclosing Sherman injury

Kemba Walker on if he should be an All-Star: ‘Not really,'

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

Was Jack Capuano the right person to blame for Isles' woes?

Ten NBA players who need a change of scenery

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

QUIZ: Name every NCAA men's and women's basketball team with perfect regular seasons

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker