SAN DIEGO (AP) - Clay Hensley came through for the San Diego Padres one day later than expected.
Hensley, scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday with an injury, pitched four strong innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday after starter Chris Young left after one inning with a strained muscle in his upper back.
Hensley combined with five other relievers to hold the Diamondbacks in check, and with Mike Cameron's bases-loaded single in the 10th inning and four hits from Brian Giles, helped the Padres to a 2-1 win over Arizona. The effort by Hensley helped relieve a depleted bullpen.
"He saved us," Padres Manager Bruce Bochy. "He was a little sore, but he gave us a great effort."
Hensley was pulled from his start on Saturday after he felt pain in his left buttock. When Young had to leave the game, Bochy was concerned if his bullpen could make up the final eight innings. "We would really have had to push some guys to give us nine innings," said Bochy.
The win allowed San Diego to pull into a second-place tie with Arizona in the NL West at 62-62, four games behind first-place Los Angeles. The Dodgers come to San Diego for a three-game series beginning today.
The Diamondbacks have lost four of six.
"It's kind of frustrating because we've been saying if our starters can just give us chance to win, we're going to be in good shape," Diamondbacks catcher Johnny Estrada said.
The Diamondbacks scored in the fourth inning after Chad Tracy's leadoff single. Conor Jackson hit a slow roller with one out that shortstop Geoff Blum threw off balance into the stands on one hop.
The ball was ruled a hit, but Blum got a fielding error that allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Estrada followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Padres tied the score on Giles' single that scored Blum, who led off with a double.