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Clark's single helps D-Backs end Giants' six-game winning streak

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Clutch situations don't bother Tony Clark.

Clark hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks held on to beat San Francisco 3-2 Tuesday night and stop the Giants' six-game winning streak.

"I don't know if relish is the right word," the part-time first baseman said. "Having been around for a while, you kind of are able to keep things at bay and try to keep it simple. That doesn't necessarily mean you're going to have success, but if nothing else you're able to focus in on a game plan."

Matt Herges (1-1) relieved to start the eighth inning and allowed a leadoff single to Royce Clayton. Scott Eyre came in and gave up a single to Luis Gonzalez, who went 3-for-4.

Troy Glaus popped up, and Shawn Green hit into a forceout that left runners on the corners. Clark, making his sixth start of the season, then singled to left to score Clayton.

Clark has 15 RBI in 38 at-bats and is batting .342.

"This guy know how to prepare himself," Gonzalez said. "He doesn't play every day. It just seems like when he comes off the bench or when he's in the starting lineup, he comes up with the big hit when we need it."

Javier Lopez (1-0) retired two batters in the eighth for the win, and Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 11th save in 12 chances.

"There were some tired bats," Giants manager Felipe Alou said. "Obviously tired bats in the lineup. Slow bats."

Arizona starter Brad Halsey allowed five hits in seven innings, including home runs by Lance Niekro in the fifth and Pedro Feliz in the seventh.

"Pitching in Yankee Stadium for your first big-league time can be a little bit tough," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said about Halsey, acquired in the Randy Johnson trade. "But if you look at his record in the minor leagues (34-14), the guy's just a winner."

San Francisco's Kirk Rueter also gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings, but one of the runs was unearned.

Rueter retired 11 straight batters before Matt Kata singled leading off the sixth. Gonzalez's one-out single and Glaus' walk loaded the bases for Green, who grounded to second. Glaus went into second base hard in an attempt to break up what could have been an inning-ending double play.

Shortstop Omar Vizquel got the forceout but his throw to Niekro at first was low for an error as both runs scored.

"It's a play you'd like to make, because it saves errors for guys on the field," Niekro said. "It's just something that you want to work on and bail some guys out if they make a bad throw over there."

Notes

  • Green got his 800th career RBI.
  • Vizquel had six assists, including three after he made dives and threw out Clark (second inning), Kata (third inning) and Chris Snyder (fifth inning).
  • Vizquel, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, came in with an 18-game errorless streak and had made only two in 81 games since July 25.
 
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Tony Clark singles in the game-winning run in the eighth inning as the D-Backs win 3-2. (AP)
Tony Clark singles in the game-winning run in the eighth inning as the D-Backs win 3-2. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Francisco

P. Feliz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

L. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Game Information
Attendance - 28072
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Bill Hohn