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Wells gets first win since May 5

PHOENIX (AP) -- The San Diego Padres' offense finally gave David
Wells some run support.

Brian Giles and Humberto Quintero homered to help Wells win for
the first time in almost two months, and the Padres beat the
struggling Arizona Diamondbacks 10-5 on Monday night.

"We've had a tough time getting him some runs, and we did it
today," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "He probably didn't have
his best stuff, but he had pretty good stuff, and it was nice to
give him a little cushion."

Mark Loretta had four of San Diego's season high-tying 17 hits,
and the Padres sent the Diamondbacks to their franchise-record 10th
straight loss -- longest in the majors this season.

"Seventeen hits and 10 runs," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly
said. "It's tough to win those ballgames."

It was almost too good for Wells (3-5), who allowed eight hits,
walked one and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings on the heels of a
six-start, 0-3 stretch in which gave up 12 earned runs in 40 2/3
innings.

The 41-year-old lefty pitched seven scoreless innings in his
last previous win, 2-0 in Atlanta on May 5. He was less sharp this
time, allowing solo homers to Steve Finley and Tim Olson, and
balked in a run.

"It was nice pitching with a lead," Wells said. "You know,
sometimes you get a little too comfortable and lackadaisical out
there and end up balking and trying to throw away the seven-run
lead."

Shane Reynolds (0-1) had a disastrous debut with the
Diamondbacks, who signed him in the offseason. Activated from the
60-day disabled list for the start, Reynolds threw just 50 pitches
and allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in two innings.

"Whatever can go wrong has gone wrong for the majority of the
season," Reynolds said. "Guys getting hurt and losing ballgames
in the last inning and still going out and playing 100 percent
every game. That says a lot about the character of the guys on this
team.

"I would have liked to come in here and kind of given them a
lift."

After a three-hit first inning, Wells retired 10 straight before
Juan Brito led off the fifth with a double, advanced on a groundout
and scored when Wells started his motion and then backed off the
rubber.

Finley followed with a double and scored on Danny Bautista's
single.

Blaine Neal relieved Wells in the sixth after Olson's leadoff
homer and an error by shortstop Khalil Greene, whose throw to first
on a grounder by Brito was low and came out of Phil Nevin's glove.

The Diamondbacks eventually loaded the bases before Neal struck
out Bautista looking for an inning-ending strikeout.

Andrew Good worked three innings for Arizona, allowing Giles'
400-foot shot deep into the right-field bleachers in the fourth.
Giles finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and a walk.

Quintero, recalled from Triple-A Portland on June 21, hit his
first major league homer off Scott Service leading off the seventh.
Giles added an RBI single to make it 9-4.

Olson added a run-scoring double off Neal in the seventh to cut
it to 9-5.

Giles' RBI single in the ninth gave the Padres a 10-5 lead.

"We kept the pressure on," Loretta said. "They kept coming
back on us, too, so we couldn't sit on any leads tonight. We kept
adding on, which was important."

Nevin had the first of his two run-scoring doubles in the first
inning.

The Diamondbacks tied it on Finley's solo shot in their half,
but San Diego scored five unearned runs in the second on four
doubles, a walk and Olson's fielding error at shortstop on a sharp
grounder by Wells.

With two outs, Loretta made it 3-1 with a two-run double over
Finley's head in center field and scored on Nevin's second double.
Ryan Klesko followed with a two-run double to give the Padres a 6-1
lead.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks had been tied with Pittsburgh for the
longest losing streak this season. ... Giles moved into a tie with
Nevin for the team lead in homers with 11. ... Loretta extended his
leads among NL second basemen with four hits (96), two doubles (24)
and two runs (52). ... Finley's homer was his team-high 19th.