Minnesota at Arizona

W: J. Vazquez (6-4) L: K. Lohse (5-4)
S: B. Bruney (6)
HR: MIN - J. Morneau (8), J. Jones (8)   ARI - J. Cruz (8)

Diamondbacks 4, Twins 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PHOENIX -- Jose Cruz Jr. homered to start a three-run fourth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Thursday night.

Javier Vazquez pitched six solid innings for the Diamondbacks, who won for just the second time in their last nine games. Vazquez (6-4) allowed three runs and three hits.

Justin Morneau and Jacque Jones homered for the Twins, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.

Javier Lopez got the first two outs in the ninth and was replaced by Brian Bruney, who allowed a walk and a hit before striking out pinch-hitter Matt LeCroy for his sixth save in nine chances.

One night after being shut out on three hits by Johan Santana, the Diamondbacks opened an early 4-0 lead against Kyle Lohse (5-4).

Craig Counsell led off the first with a stand-up triple to the gap in right-center field and scored on Alex Cintron's grounder to short.

Cruz lined a homer just over the right-field fence leading off the fourth. Chad Tracy and Chris Snyder followed with consecutive singles and Vazquez sacrificed the runners to second and third. Tracy scored on a groundout by Counsell and Cintron added an RBI single for a 4-0 lead.

Morneau hit a one-out homer, his eighth, into the picnic pavilion behind the concourse in deep center field in the fifth to pull the Twins within 4-1. Vazquez then walked Michael Cuddyer and Juan Castro, but escaped the jam when Lohse struck out and Shannon Stewart flew out to Cruz at the warning track.

Jones made it 4-3 with a two-out homer in the sixth, his eighth, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Lohse allowed four runs and seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.


Vazquez's club-record streak of 54 1/3 innings without issuing a walk ended with the walk to Cuddyer. Vazquez's last walk came on April 25 to Los Angeles pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee, a span of 221 batters. Vazquez's streak was the longest in the majors since David Wells' 59-inning run from Sept. 6, 2002 to April 21, 2003. ... Before the game, the Diamondbacks optioned RHP Mike Koplove to Triple-A Tucson and recalled RHP Edgar Gonzalez from Tucson. Gonzalez, who started 12 games in Tucson, will move to the bullpen and become Arizona's long reliever. Koplove was 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 30 games for the Diamondbacks.
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J. Cruz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Jones
AB 4
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H 1
HR 1

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Shannon Stewart, LF4000012 .289
Luis Rodriguez, 2B4020010 .364
Joe Mauer, C4000002 .287
Torii Hunter, CF3100112 .277
Jacque Jones, RF4112000 .292
Justin Morneau, 1B4111000 .281
Michael Cuddyer, 3B2000200 .263
Juan Castro, SS2000110 .264
   a- Lew Ford, PH1010000 .285
Kyle Lohse, P2000012 .000
   b- Michael Ryan, PH1000000 .429
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   c- Matthew LeCroy, PH1000012 .260
a-singled for Castro in the 9th
b-grounded out for Lohse in the 7th
c-struck out for Romero in the 9th
HR - Jacque Jones (8, Vazquez), Justin Morneau (8, Vazquez)
RBI - Jacque Jones 2 (32), Justin Morneau (30)
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones 2 (10)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Rodriguez-Morneau
Minnesota Twins
Kyle Lohse (L,5-4) 6744431 4.43
J.C. Romero 2000010 1.50
IBB - Gonzalez by Kyle Lohse
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Lohse 101-59, J.C. Romero 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Lohse 9-5, J.C. Romero 3-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Lohse 28, J.C. Romero 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4111011 .293
Alex Cintron, SS4022000 .292
    Royce Clayton, SS0000000 .228
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000111 .305
Troy Glaus, 3B3010100 .249
Shawn Green, RF3000104 .259
Jose Cruz Jr., CF4111011 .243
Chad Tracy, 1B4110011 .279
Chris Snyder, C2110101 .239
Javier Vazquez, P1000000 .261
   a- Quinton McCracken, PH1000001 .200
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .500
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Vazquez in the 6th
2B - Alex Cintron (9, Lohse)
3B - Craig Counsell (1, Lohse)
HR - Jose Cruz Jr. (8, Lohse)
SH - Javier Vazquez (3)
RBI - Craig Counsell (21), Alex Cintron 2 (16), Jose Cruz Jr. (19)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cintron (7)
Team LOB - 6
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (W,6-4) 6333332 4.39
Lance Cormier (H,7) 2100020 1.67
Javier Lopez (H,6) 0.2000000 9.77
Brian Bruney (S,6) 0.1100110 6.04
WP - Javier Vazquez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 112-66, Lance Cormier 23-17, Javier Lopez 3-2, Brian Bruney 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-8, Lance Cormier 3-1, Javier Lopez 2-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 24, Lance Cormier 7, Javier Lopez 2, Brian Bruney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22139
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - Dana DeMuth