PHOENIX -- Tommy Medica hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, Eric Stults pitched six effective innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night. Nate McMillan Jersey . Stults was sharp early before giving up a couple of runs that allowed Arizona to tie the game at 3-all. Medica had a run-scoring single in San Diegos three-run third inning and lined a solo homer to left off Evan Marshall (2-1) in the eighth to put the Padres back up. Kevin Quackenbush (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for his first win in the majors after giving up a walkoff homer the night before and Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his 15th straight save. Wade Miley had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings and Martin Prado homered for Arizona. Stults had a rough go of it his last outing, failing to get out of the fourth inning after giving up five runs and six hits in a loss to the Chicago Cubs. The left-hander had the Diamondbacks guessing through the early innings Tuesday night, keeping them off-balance with a big-breaking curveball that dipped into the 60s with an upper 80s fastball. Prado, who has battled knee problems this season, got a pitch he liked in the second inning, sending a towering solo homer over the wall left, his first in 210 at-bats, dating to last season. Miguel Montero hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning and Stults was lifted after Cliff Pennington led off the seventh with a double on a ball right fielder Chris Denorfia appeared to lose in the lights. Gerardo Parra tied the game at 3-all by lining a run-scoring single to left off Alex Torres. Stults allowed three runs and six hits and walked four -- one intentional. Miley had a solid outing his last time out, allowing three runs in seven innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. The left-hander spotted his fastball well and had the Padres swinging and missing -- except in the third inning. Everth Cabrera lined a one-out single to start the inning, then Denorfia, Chase Headley and Medica followed with run-scoring singles, putting San Diego up 3-1. Miley was good after that, ringing up three more strikeouts on called third strikes to become the first Arizona left-hander with at least 11 strikeouts since Randy Johnson on Aug. 22, 2008, against Florida. Miley allowed three runs and eight hits. NOTES: Diamondbacks LF Mark Trumbo is expected to hit in the batting cage on Wednesday, a first since he went on the DL with a stress fracture in his left foot on April 24. ...Padres C Yasmani Grandal left the game in the seventh inning after being hit on the back of his glove hand by Paul Goldschmidts bat. He was called for catchers interference on the play. ... Arizona RHP Chase Anderson will start in the series finale on Wednesday after his previous outing was cut short to three innings due to rain. RHP Tim Stauffer will pitch for the Padres after making his first start in the majors since 2012 last Friday. Kevin Durant Jersey . After falling 5-0 on home ice in a game that could have tied them for second in the wild card standings, Washington head coach Adam Oates had some strong words for Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. Art Harris Jersey . It certainly isnt a coincidence that Dwight Howard has scored at least 20 points in each game of the winning streak.MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadals new high-tech tennis racket looks and feels like his old one. Except for the on-off switch.Call it a smart racket, the latest advance in tennis technology tells you where you hit the ball — with the help of an app.Sensors embedded in the handle of the racket, made by Babolat, record technical data on every ball struck. At the end of a match or training session the data can be downloaded to a smart phone or computer and used to help analyze a players strengths and mistakes.Aside from the sensors, the racket is just a racket. Its the same size and weight as Nadals old-fashioned former racket.I know to play well I need to play 70 per cent of forehands, 30 per cent of backhands, Nadal said after racing through his first-round Australian Open match over Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on Monday. If Im not doing that, I know Im not doing the right thing on court.This (racket) is a way you can check these kinds of things, added the 14-time Grand Slam winner, who was sidelined for much of last season from a wrist injury and an appendix operation.The International Tennis Federation had previously outlawed what it calls player analysis technology during competition but adopted a new rule last January that allows players to wear or use smart equipment, like Nadals new racket and devices like heart-rate monitors that record data about player performance in real time.Babolat initially fitted the technology into its Pure Drive rackets, which are used by Karolina Pliskova , Julia Goerges and Yanina Wickmayer and then incorporated the sensors into a newly-released version of the AeroPro Drive racket used by Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Doont expect to see players on their iPhones analyzing their game mid-match. Al Tucker Jersey. An ITF ban on coaching during matches prevents players from consulting the data on court.The way it works is simple, says company spokesman Thomas Otton.There are two buttons on the bottom of the rackets handle.You press the on button. A blue LED light appears. And, you play, Otton said. When finished, a second button is pressed, activating Bluetooth which synchs the information with a smart phone or other device.Otton called up Nadals data from his practice session on Friday that lasted 1 hour, 31 minutes. In that time, he hit 572 shots, or 22 per minute, which broke down to 156 backhands, 222 forehands, 118 serves and 76 smashes.The data also gets more detailed and analyzes, for example, how Nadal hit his forehands — 133 had topspin, 49 had slice and 40 were flat.Swipe to the next screen and an image of a tennis racket appears that shows where the ball is making impact. For Nadals practice, he hit 42 per cent of shots in the centre and 20 per cent on top of the racket — the rest on the bottom and sides.At a demonstration of the racket before the tournament started, Wozniacki and Nadal joked about the pros and cons of knowing too much.Sometimes its not a good thing, said Wozniacki. Because you think youre hitting it in the middle of the racket, but really it shows you youre not. And theres no going around that.Nadals uncle and coach, Toni, joked that the racket would give him an edge.Sometimes when I correct Rafa on how hes hitting the ball, he doesnt agree. said Toni. Now I have the data.Nadal retorted, without missing a beat, Now he has the data to know that he was wrong. ' ' '
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