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Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Wednesday.

Jake Cronenworth broke out of a 0-for-26 skid with two doubles and a single, driving in two runs and scoring once.

Clevinger (2-0) struck out six and walked one.

It was the second time in less than a week that Clevinger faced the Diamondbacks, again baffling them with his unorthodox delivery. In his previous outing, he went four innings and allowed one run and four hits.

Asked if it was harder to face a team in back-to back starts, Clevinger said, “I’d venture that it’s the opposite.”

“If you go about it the right way, it’s an advantage. You get to see the holes in their swings, you get to see how you attacked them the first time, and then readjust and get to see them right then and there,” he said.

“Sometimes throughout the seasons hitters’ tendencies will change from week to week. When you’re seeing them this close together, I can know what they’re trying to do against me and change my attack plan a bit,” he said.

Clevinger, who has been coming back from Tommy John surgery, had been working with limited pitch and inning counts prior to this game.

This was the first time since returning June 5 that he went past the fifth inning.

“Clevinger today looked like vintage Clevinger,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

“He’s got a couple of consecutive starts under his belt, it’s just pitching for him now. Six innings, 90 pitches was what we were looking for from him today, and he did exactly that. Now we just treat him like another pitcher,” he said.

Nick Martinez threw three innings in relief to complete the shutout. He gave up two hits and got his second save.

Bumgarner (3-8) allowed one run and four hits in five innings.

In the fifth, Jurickson Profar walked with two outs and Austin Nola singled, setting up Cronenworth’s RBI single.

C.J….

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