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SD@PIT: Stults strikes out five over five innings

The D-backs are on a tear offensively as they enter the final week of the season, while the Padres have seen their bats go cold.

Arizona, which opens a four-game series in San Diego on Monday, is hitting .332 with 32 doubles, 11 home runs and 70 runs scored in its last 11 games.

The Padres, meanwhile, have not scored in their last 21 innings and have totaled three runs over their last four games.

The D-backs were eliminated from postseason contention by the Dodgers on Thursday, but manager Kirk Gibson said they can still use their final seven games to get better.

"I think it's that time of the year where people kind of start to reflect and think ahead to what they can do to make themselves better and be more consistent," said Gibson, whose club is unbeaten in its last three series.

San Diego, which has won 12 of its last 19 games, will look to get its offense back on track Monday against Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy has given the Padres trouble in two starts this season, winning twice while allowing one earned run in 14 innings. The right-hander has rebounded from a five-game losing skid to win three of his last four decisions. He's posted a 2.50 ERA over his last five starts.

Eric Stults will take the mound for the Padres, looking for his 10th win of the season. He's 1-6 with a 5.26 ERA in his last 11 starts, but has pitched better of late. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs in each of his past two outings and has issued just one walk over his last four starts combined.

D-backs: Owings gets look at second base
Rookie Chris Owings played second base on Saturday for the first time in the Majors. He's primarily played shortstop and was back at that position on Sunday.

Still, Gibson said he liked what he saw from Owings, the organization's No. 3 prospect, on the other side of the infield.

"Knowing where to align himself is probably the biggest thing," Gibson said. "But as far as his hands and everything, you can tell on his throws it's definitely a different throw. But he did well. He's all ears. He wants to be good there as well."

Padres: Alonso likely done hitting
Yonder Alonso has not played since Aug. 30, the result of soreness in his right hand, and the first baseman likely would only appear in a game as a defensive replacement for the rest of the season.

"The hitting component for Yonder this week is out," manager Bud Black said. "But we hope at some point this week that he can play [defense]."

But Alonso, who received a cortisone shot in his hand on Saturday, was not quite ready to concede.

"I want to play, if not ... I wouldn't be doing all of this stuff," said Alonso, who fractured a bone in his hand in late May. "But I've got to understand it's a process."

Worth noting
• D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock has reached base via a hit or a walk in 18 of his past 23 games since Aug. 25.

• Padres rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko has not committed an error in 29 consecutive games and has only four errors in 118 games this season. Comments