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Quinlan's two-run homer leads Angels over D-Backs in 13th

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PHOENIX -- Robb Quinlan had been taking some practice swings in case he was needed Saturday night. In the 13th inning, he made the most of his opportunity.

Quinlan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Saturday night.

"You just have to try and be ready for any situation," said Quinlan, the 17th player used by Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "I got behind in the count and was just trying to get something in play. He threw a curveball and obviously it wasn't where he wanted to throw it."

Adam Kennedy hit a two-out single off Brandon Medders (1-2), the Diamondbacks' sixth pitcher. Quinlan then hit a 1-2 pitch just over the left-field fence for his first career pinch homer.

"I made a bad pitch and took the team out of it," Medders said. "I kinda feel like it's my fault I'm taking it all on my shoulders. I think we were going to come back and win that inning. It's tough. I feel terrible"

Brendan Donnelly (1-0) threw a perfect 12th for the victory. Francisco Rodriguez, the Angels' sixth pitcher, got the last three outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

"I can't tell you what a big hit that was for us at that point," Scioscia said. "It saved some pitching for us and got Frankie in there for a save. It took a while but we put one on the board."

Angels relievers retired the last 13 batters they faced.

"Our bullpen's coming into shape," Donnelly said.

Arizona has lost five straight and 17 of their last 19. The Diamondbacks are 0-8 against the American League, making them the only team in the majors without an interleague win.

"We're going to keep swinging, keep grinding," said Orlando Hudson, who had one of Arizona's two homers. "We have a long season ahead of us. We're not going to put our heads between our tails."

With the Angels trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Maicer Izturis hit a one-out single to left, Kennedy reached on an error and starter Claudio Vargas hit pinch-hitter Juan Rivera with a pitch to load the bases.

Luis Vizcaino relieved Vargas and gave up Chone Figgins' soft bounding single to right, scoring Izturis and Kennedy to cut Arizona's lead to 4-2. Orlando Cabrera followed with a two-run double into the left-field corner to tie the score.

"On the offensive side we hit a few balls hard but couldn't find any holes," Figgins said. "You hit them hard and can't find a hole and then get a seeing-eye single like that when you need it."

Vizcaino retired Vladimir Guerrero on a hard liner to left before Randy Choate came on to strike out Anderson and retire the side.

The Angels threatened in the 10th when Guerrero led off with a ground-rule double against Jorge Julio and went to third on Garret Anderson's high fly to center. But Julio struck out Mike Napoli on a pitch a foot outside and Hudson snagged Kendry Morales' grounder in the hole and threw the first baseman out to end the inning.

In the 11th, pinch-hitter Tim Salmon tripled past a diving Eric Byrnes in center. Julio again quashed the rally, striking out Figgins on a high fastball.

Vargas, who had been allowed to hit with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the sixth, allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had a season-high seven strikeouts.

"He had a four-hit shutout going," Melvin said. "We felt like we were in a pretty good spot. Our bullpen had been a little bit taxed lately and he was throwing as well as we'd seen him all year."

Hudson gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the second with a towering home run off Bartolo Colon into the overhanging porch in right-center field, his fourth of the season.

Johnny Estrada extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in the fourth and Counsell led off the fifth with his second home run to make it 4-0.

Colon, making his second start since missing two months with right shoulder inflammation, allowed the four runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Arizona RF Shawn Green was ejected for arguing by home-plate umpire Mike Everett after striking out in the bottom of the ninth, with manager Bob Melvin joining him to the clubhouse moments later. Melvin has been ejected twice in Arizona's last four games.
  • Rivera was hit in the shoulder by Vargas' pitch, the ball ricocheting off the left side of his face. He left the field under his own power, glaring at Vargas as he headed back to the dugout. Rivera said after the game he'll be available on Sunday.
  • Colon has allowed at least seven hits in each of his five starts.
  • Cabrera singled in the first inning to reach base in his 52nd consecutive game.
  • Los Angeles C Mike Napoli had reached base in 11 straight plate appearances, one shy of the Angels' club record, before striking out in the first inning.
  • Before the game, Los Angeles placed 3B Dallas McPherson on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22 with back spasms. McPherson was a late scratch from the lineup Friday after his back tightened during batting practice. To replace McPherson, the Angels recalled INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A Salt Lake.
 
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Juan Rivera is hit in the head by Claudio Vargas but is able to leave under his own power.  (AP)
Juan Rivera is hit in the head by Claudio Vargas but is able to leave under his own power. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

O. Cabrera
AB 6
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

O. Hudson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, CF7122013 .251
Orlando Cabrera, SS6022003 .302
Vladimir Guerrero, RF6010023 .290
Garret Anderson, LF6010024 .267
Mike Napoli, C5000132 .297
Kendry Morales, 1B6010002 .221
Maicer Izturis, 3B5110100 .281
Adam Kennedy, 2B6220012 .262
Bartolo Colon, P1000012 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   a- Juan Rivera, PH0000000 .254
    Erick Aybar, PR0100000 .333
    Hector Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   b- Tommy Murphy, PH0000100 .243
    Scot Shields, P0000000 .000
   c- Tim Salmon, PH1010000 .284
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   d- Robb Quinlan, PH1112000 .265
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals50612631021 
a-hit by pitch for Romero in the 7th
b-walked for Carrasco in the 9th
c-tripled for Shields in the 11th
d-homered for Donnelly in the 13th
Batting
2B - Orlando Cabrera (22, Vizcaino), Vladimir Guerrero (10, Julio), Kendry Morales (6, Vargas), Adam Kennedy (14, Vargas)
3B - Tim Salmon (2, Julio)
HR - Robb Quinlan (2, Medders)
SH - Bartolo Colon (1)
RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (24), Orlando Cabrera 2 (44), Robb Quinlan 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Robb Quinlan 2 (7)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Kennedy-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Bartolo Colon 5.2944242 5.74
J.C. Romero 0.1000010 8.03
Hector Carrasco 2000120 4.10
Scot Shields 2100150 1.51
Brendan Donnelly (W,1-0) 2000000 2.87
Francisco Rodriguez (S,18) 1000010 3.00
IBB - Gonzalez by Scot Shields
HBP - Tracy (by Bartolo Colon)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 90-55, J.C. Romero 6-3, Hector Carrasco 25-15, Scot Shields 35-19, Brendan Donnelly 17-12, Francisco Rodriguez 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 5-6, Hector Carrasco 3-1, Scot Shields 1-0, Brendan Donnelly 3-3, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 27, J.C. Romero 1, Hector Carrasco 7, Scot Shields 8, Brendan Donnelly 6, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, SS5111012 .281
Jeff DaVanon, RF6030011 .290
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000311 .261
Conor Jackson, 1B3000103 .264
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
   a- Shawn Green, PH-DH1000012 .292
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Andy Green, 2B1000000 .218
Chad Tracy, 3B5210022 .273
Eric Byrnes, CF6000042 .284
Johnny Estrada, C6021021 .309
Orlando Hudson, 2B5122011 .260
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
Claudio Vargas, P3000003 .115
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Tony Clark, 1B1010000 .192
    Damion Easley, PR-1B1000000 .229
Totals46410441318 
a-struck out for Lyon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Johnny Estrada (14, Colon), Orlando Hudson (14, Colon)
HR - Craig Counsell (2, Colon), Orlando Hudson (4, Colon)
SH - Craig Counsell (2)
RBI - Craig Counsell (22), Johnny Estrada (41), Orlando Hudson 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Orlando Hudson 2 (10)
CS - Jeff DaVanon (2, 3rd base by Colon/Napoli)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Hudson-Jackson
E - Conor Jackson (6, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Claudio Vargas 6.1532270 4.85
Luis Vizcaino (BS,2) 0.1211000 3.51
Randy Choate 0.1000010 0.00
Brandon Lyon 2000100 4.41
Jorge Julio 2200020 3.31
Brandon Medders (L,1-2) 2322001 3.55
HBP - J. Rivera (by Claudio Vargas)
WP - Claudio Vargas (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 100-63, Luis Vizcaino 9-7, Randy Choate 4-3, Brandon Lyon 24-14, Jorge Julio 31-22, Brandon Medders 30-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 4-8, Brandon Lyon 2-4, Jorge Julio 2-2, Brandon Medders 3-3
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 27, Luis Vizcaino 3, Randy Choate 1, Brandon Lyon 7, Jorge Julio 8, Brandon Medders 9
Game Information
Attendance - 33525
Game Time - 4:04
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Chad Fairchild