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Cintron delivers 3-run blast in 12th as D-Backs cap rare sweep

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PHOENIX -- Alex Cintron had a flashback and Jason Bulger had a premonition.

They occurred seconds before the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4 in 12 innings -- a win that wasn't secured until Cintron's three-run homer sailed into the right-field seats after 3:31 of play.

"I was thinking it was the same kind of ball," said Cintron, who uppercut a 0-1 pitch by Duaner Sanchez (4-7) into the right-field seats with pinch-runner Luis Terrero and Shawn Green aboard on a walk and a single.

It was the Diamondbacks' first walkoff homer since a pinch-hit drive Cintron hit against Atlanta's Jim Brower on July 22.

"This one was a changeup," Cintron said. "The other one was a slider, both down and in. You never go up expecting to hit the ball out, but I'm a low-ball hitter."

Manager Bob Melvin couldn't have agreed more.

"You'd think he was a 2-handicap golfer the way he keeps golfing those balls over the right-field fence," Melvin said. "It certainly was a situation where we could use a big hit like that. We had some opportunites - probably more than they did - but it only takes one big hit."

Bulger (1-0), the seventh Arizona reliever, pitched the 12th and earned his first major league victory, allowing the Diamondbacks' first series sweep since they took three from the Dodgers in April.

The rookie, who made his major league debut Aug. 26, got a feeling something good was going to happen when Sanchez walked Tony Clark after getting two out in the 12th. Terrero went in to run for Clark, and Green singled to set the stage.

"Two-out walks will come back to bite you, and I was hoping it would come back on Sanchez," Bulger said.

Jeff Kent had a three-run homer for the Dodgers, who lost their sixth in a row.

"It was nice to start off the way we did," Dodgers right fielder Jose Cruz Jr. said. "You play nine innings and you never know, but it looked like we had a pretty good shot today."

The Dodgers tied the game at 4 in the eighth when Ricky Ledee was hit with a pitch by Oscar Villarreal with the bases loaded and one out.

Clark had a two-run homer off Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver that tied the game at 3 in the third inning.

Chad Tracy and Cintron each had sacrifice flies for the Diamondbacks -- Cintron's breaking a 3-3 tie in the sixth.

Kent's homer came off Arizona starter Shawn Estes, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.

Weaver also worked six innings, allowing four runs and nine hits.

Melvin's decision to start Cintron at third base and rest regular Troy Glaus for the weekend series against San Diego was tested quickly as Willy Aybar hit a sharp grounder past him along the line for a double in the first inning.

Craig Counsell led off the third with a triple and Tracy followed with the sacrifice fly. Luis Gonzalez singled, and Clark followed with his 30th homer -- a towering shot that traveled an estimated 427 feet into the right-field seats.

The Diamondbacks, who tied a franchise record with four double plays Wednesday, turned three Thursday, including one to end the ninth with runners on first and second.

"As you saw the game unfold, we had many opportunities to put that team away before they got us," Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy said. "It's that simple."

Notes

  • Clark has three other 30-homer seasons, including 34 with Detroit in 1998. This time, he got No. 30 in his 326th at-bat.
  • The paid attendance of 18,808 was the second-smallest ever at Bank One Ballpark, larger only than the 18,776 who watched Colorado-Arizona on April 11. The "BOB" will be renamed Friday by Chase Retail Banking, which bought Bank One.
  • Aybar has hit safely in 11 of his 12 major league starts.
  • Kent has 29 homers, 28 as a second baseman. That ties him with Davey Lopes (1979) for the most homers by a Dodgers 2B.
 
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Teammates mob Alex Cintron at home plate after his game-winning homer. (AP)
Teammates mob Alex Cintron at home plate after his game-winning homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Cintron
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Los Angeles

J. Kent
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Willy Aybar, 3B6120013 .389
Oscar Robles, SS6120003 .271
Jeff Kent, 2B5223100 .296
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4010101 .274
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
   a- Antonio Perez, PH1000010 .312
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Jose Jr. Cruz, RF6020003 .248
Mike Edwards, LF4000112 .256
Jason Phillips, C3010000 .235
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH0001000 .283
    Jason Grabowski, PR0000000 .159
    Stephen Schmoll, P0000000 .000
    Hee Seop Choi, 1B1000010 .252
Jason Repko, CF5020014 .217
Jeff Weaver, P1000100 .235
   c- Brian Myrow, PH0000100 .333
    Mike Rose, C2000003 .200
Totals4441245519 
a-struck out for Brazoban in the 12th
b-hit by pitch for Kuo in the 8th
c-walked for Weaver in the 7th
Batting
2B - Willy Aybar (4, Estes), Jeff Kent (35, Cormier), Jason Repko 2 (14, Estes, Cormier)
HR - Jeff Kent (29, Estes)
RBI - Jeff Kent 3 (104), Ricky Ledee (38)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
Jeff Weaver 6944051 4.29
Hong-Chih Kuo 1100110 8.10
Stephen Schmoll 1000000 5.80
Yhency Brazoban 3100130 5.22
Duaner Sanchez (L,4-7) 0.2233111 3.81
IBB - Clark by Hong-Chih Kuo
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Weaver 86-58, Hong-Chih Kuo 23-14, Stephen Schmoll 11-7, Yhency Brazoban 42-30, Duaner Sanchez 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Weaver 3-10, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-1, Yhency Brazoban 3-3
Batters Faced - Jeff Weaver 27, Hong-Chih Kuo 5, Stephen Schmoll 3, Yhency Brazoban 11, Duaner Sanchez 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B6120002 .261
Chad Tracy, RF5011011 .300
Luis Gonzalez, LF6110002 .265
Tony Clark, 1B4232210 .314
    Luis Terrero, PR0100000 .234
Shawn Green, CF6130022 .292
Alex Cintron, 3B5124002 .275
Royce Clayton, SS5010012 .268
Chris Snyder, C4000034 .200
   a- Conor Jackson, PH0000100 .203
    Kelly Stinnett, C0000000 .267
Shawn Estes, P2000000 .036
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1000012 .232
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .333
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
    Buddy Groom, P0000000 .000
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
   c- Andy Green, PH1000000 .182
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   d- Troy Glaus, PH1000012 .266
    Jason Bulger, P0000000 .000
Totals46713731019 
a-walked for Snyder in the 11th
b-struck out for Estes in the 6th
c-grounded out for Aquino in the 9th
d-struck out for Lyon in the 11th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (33, Kuo), Chad Tracy (30, Weaver), Shawn Green (36, Weaver)
3B - Craig Counsell (4, Weaver)
HR - Tony Clark (30, Weaver), Alex Cintron (8, Sanchez)
SF - Chad Tracy (6), Alex Cintron (2)
RBI - Chad Tracy (61), Tony Clark 2 (85), Alex Cintron 4 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Tony Clark 2 (38), Alex Cintron 3 (20)
SB - Alex Cintron (1, 2nd base off Brazoban/Rose), Royce Clayton (10, 2nd base off Weaver/Phillips)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shawn Green 1
DP - Counsell-Clark, Clark-Clayton, Cintron-Counsell-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Shawn Estes 6833111 4.75
Lance Cormier (H,12) 1211210 5.31
Oscar Villarreal (BS,2) 0.2000100 5.40
Buddy Groom 0.2100000 4.95
Greg Aquino 0.2000100 8.28
Jose Valverde 1000010 2.66
Brandon Lyon 1100010 6.35
Jason Bulger (W,1-0) 1000010 6.75
HBP - Ledee (by Oscar Villarreal)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Estes 76-44, Lance Cormier 31-16, Oscar Villarreal 9-3, Buddy Groom 11-8, Greg Aquino 9-5, Jose Valverde 10-7, Brandon Lyon 10-7, Jason Bulger 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Estes 10-4, Lance Cormier 2-0, Buddy Groom 2-0, Greg Aquino 1-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Estes 24, Lance Cormier 7, Oscar Villarreal 4, Buddy Groom 3, Greg Aquino 2, Jose Valverde 3, Brandon Lyon 4, Jason Bulger 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18808
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Peter Durfee, Third Base - Brian Gorman