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Young's homer puts D-backs on top in 11th

SAN DIEGO -- When Gerardo Parra was hit by a pitch to lead off the 11th inning, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson considered having Chris Young lay down a bunt.

Instead, Gibson let Young swing away, and the outfielder blasted the first pitch he saw from Padres reliever Micah Owings through the damp night air and into the left-field bleachers.

The homer gave the D-backs a 4-2 win and their first 4-0 start in franchise history.

"I'm glad he decided not to," Young said of Gibson contemplating a bunt. "I mean, it would have been completely fine if he had told me to. I don't know if there's a right or wrong call. Luckily I was able to square one up and not make a fool of myself."

It didn't start off to be the best of nights for Young, who was hitless in his first four at-bats.

In fact, Young was so frustrated that he quickly ran in to look at some video after he popped out in the fifth inning.

"I was feeling a little out of rhythm today," Young said. "I felt like I missed a couple of pitches I should have hit. I came in and looked at some video during the game just to try to figure out what I was doing. I was kind of dropping under the ball a little bit, popping it up a little too much and just tried to make adjustments to stay on top of the ball."

In his at-bat following his review of the video, Young flied out to left against Luke Gregerson.

When he stepped into the box against Owings, his former teammate, he decided he was going to be aggressive on the first pitch.

"I figured he would throw me a strike, something over the middle," Young said. "Probably thought I was bunting, so I figured I would get a pretty good pitch to hit on the first pitch and just took a chance."

Owings hung a slider over the middle of the plate, and Young hammered it.

"I had actually missed a couple of pitches in a similar area earlier in the game, so I was a little frustrated about that and I was able to make the adjustment, which was nice," Young said. "Good hitters out there, they're able to make an adjustment from their first at-bat to their second at-bat. It took me from my first to my fifth, so I'd like to be able to recognize any mechanical breakdown earlier if I could."

Young's homer saved the D-backs from what could have been a frustrating loss.

Arizona built a 2-0 lead in the first inning when they capitalized on a miscue by Padres starter Edison Volquez.

With two outs and a runner on second in the inning, Volquez shattered Miguel Montero's bat and got him to ground to first baseman Yonder Alonso. However, distracted by pieces of the bat flying in the infield, Volquez neglected to cover first base and Montero beat it out, which allowed Paul Goldschmidt to come to the plate.

"It scared me," Volquez said of the bat shrapnel. "I was afraid a little. It just froze me."

Goldschmidt took advantage by smacking a double that gave Arizona a 2-0 lead.

Trevor Cahill, acquired from the A's in December, was making his first start for the D-backs, and he struggled mightily with his command. The right-hander walked six -- including Volquez with the bases loaded in the third -- over his six innings of work.

Despite the wildness, Cahill was able to limit the damage. None of the batters he walked came around to score, and he allowed just one run.

"I didn't feel that great," Cahill said. "I didn't really know where it was going, but I made pitches when I had to. I was kind of grinding the whole game, so I was just happy to come out with as little damage as possible."

The bullpen let the lead slip away in the seventh when Brad Ziegler gave up a leadoff triple to Orlando Hudson, who scored when Jason Bartlett followed with a single to tie things up, 2-2.

Gibson went to Ziegler rather than Bryan Shaw in the seventh because he was hoping to give Shaw a night off. Instead, Shaw wound up coming in for Ziegler and pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Craig Breslow, acquired in the same deal with Cahill, got the win in relief, while closer J.J. Putz earned his third save. Comments