Darvish exits early in Padres' 12-3 loss to Diamondbacks

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Aug 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-13 11:02:56-04

PHOENIX (AP) -- Yu Darvish left a rocky start early with lower back tightness, and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage to beat the San Diego Padres 12-3.

Pavin Smith had four RBIs and Caleb Smith pitched 5 1/3 quality innings of relief for the last-place Diamondbacks.

Darvish exited in the third; the right-hander didn't look comfortable on the mound and was pulled after throwing a ball in the dirt to Josh VanMeter.

Darvish gave up five runs on six hits and a walk through 2 2/3 innings. He struck out four and threw 74 pitches.

San Diego holds the second NL wild-card spot and sits third in the NL West, nine games behind first-place San Francisco.