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Clutch Alfonzo does it again as Giants sweep Diamondbacks

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Eliezer Alfonzo climbed the stairs to the clubhouse entrance to find Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda there waiting with a congratulatory hug and handshake. Armando Benitez received his share of high-fives, too.

Alfonzo delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight game and Benitez converted a much-needed save, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 7-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Pedro Feliz ended an 0-for-15 stretch with a tying two-run double in the seventh and the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games heading into a four-game series against the NL wild card-leading Cincinnati Reds.

Benitez came through a day after manager Felipe Alou pulled him with two outs in the ninth following an RBI single to Luis Gonzalez. This time, the embattled closer pitched a perfect ninth -- striking out Gonzalez on a slider to end it.

"People expect to see me come into the game and do what I did today. I expect it," Benitez said. "I take responsibility if I lose the game. If I make a mistake, I make a mistake. You have to understand you're human. You're not a robot."

Steve Kline (4-3) pitched one inning for the win and Benitez, booed yet again when he took the mound, earned his 16th save in 24 chances. He pumped his right fist when his job was done and pointed to the sky in celebration.

Alfonzo tripled to right-center moments after Feliz doubled to center against Brandon Lyon (1-3) to tie it at 6. The Giants completed a three-game sweep of the stumbling Diamondbacks, who lost their fourth straight and sixth of seven. Alfonzo had a go-ahead double in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 7-6 victory.

"Today I was so excited," he said. "What I put in my mind is trying to work every day - believe in yourself."

Eric Byrnes hit a two-run single in the sixth inning to give the Diamondbacks the lead and rookie Chris Young had his first major league homer with a two-run shot in the fourth, but Arizona's bullpen couldn't hold the lead.

Ray Durham hit a three-run homer to establish a new career high for RBI in a season and Giants slugger Barry Bonds had back-to-back multihit games for the first time since Aug. 20-21, 2004, against the New York Mets.

Bonds singled to center in the first to drive in a run and Durham followed with a shot that barely carried into the right-field arcade for his 20th home run.

Durham, among a handful of key Giants players set to become a free agent after the season, extended his season-high hitting streak to 13 games -- the best by a Giants player this year -- and matched his career-best homers total that he also accomplished with the White Sox in 2001.

Durham has a career-high 77 RBI, two more than he had in 2000 for Chicago.

The 42-year-old Bonds reached on an infield single in the third, grounded out to first in the fifth and flied out to center in the seventh. He had five hits in the series, including his 725th career home run Monday night that pulled him within 30 of tying home run king Hank Aaron's record of 755. The slugger doubled and singled Tuesday.

Giants ace Jason Schmidt received a no-decision but is still 11-0 over his last 16 starts against Arizona. He loaded the bases by plunking pinch-hitter Craig Counsell in the sixth, then Byrnes followed with a single to center.

Young connected with a drive to left-center moments after Stephen Drew doubled in a run in the fourth. Drew also scored twice for Arizona, which will spend Thursday's off day hoping to get things turned around in a hurry with the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers coming to Phoenix for a weekend series.

"Realistically, we're in the NL West and anything can happen," Gonzalez said. "Last week, the Giants were dead in the water and now they're back in it. The team that has the last hot steak probably will win it."

Schmidt was tagged for six runs and eight hits, and he struck out three and walked two.

Arizona starter Enrique Gonzalez was done after four innings and his winless stretch reached seven starts since a win July 17 against the Dodgers.

Schmidt's strikeout of Young in the second gave him 1,031 punchouts as a Giant, good for sole possession of ninth place in franchise history ahead of Mike McCormick (1,030).

Notes

  • Schmidt singled off the wall in left in the second and doubled off the left-field wall in the fourth for his third career multihit game and first since April 10, 2005, against Colorado.
  • Schmidt has not lost to the Diamondbacks since Sept. 5, 2002.
 
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A little to the right: Arizona's Chris Young misreads what would be Pedro Feliz's 7th-inning double.  (AP)
A little to the right: Arizona's Chris Young misreads what would be Pedro Feliz's 7th-inning double. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Young
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

R. Durham
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, RF5012001 .274
Orlando Hudson, 2B5110002 .278
Luis Gonzalez, LF5010010 .280
Chad Tracy, 3B3110100 .276
Johnny Estrada, C4011011 .307
Conor Jackson, 1B4000014 .278
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
Stephen Drew, SS4221000 .311
Chris Young, CF3212110 .375
Enrique Gonzalez, P2010000 .333
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH0000000 .278
    Luis Vizcaino, P0000000 .000
    Damion Easley, 1B1000000 .217
Totals36696248 
a-hit by pitch for Cruz in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (34, Schmidt), Stephen Drew (11, Schmidt)
HR - Chris Young (1, Schmidt)
RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (55), Johnny Estrada (63), Stephen Drew (16), Chris Young 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes 2 (28), Stephen Drew (10), Chris Young 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Johnny Estrada (4)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Enrique Gonzalez 4744111 5.32
Juan Cruz 1000200 4.24
Luis Vizcaino (H,22) 1.2222110 3.51
Brandon Lyon (BS,6; L,1-3) 1.1211000 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Enrique Gonzalez 63-39, Juan Cruz 19-6, Luis Vizcaino 26-17, Brandon Lyon 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Enrique Gonzalez 2-9, Juan Cruz 3-0, Luis Vizcaino 2-2, Brandon Lyon 2-2
Batters Faced - Enrique Gonzalez 20, Juan Cruz 5, Luis Vizcaino 8, Brandon Lyon 6
San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF5110002 .262
Omar Vizquel, SS5000004 .307
Mark Sweeney, 1B3210200 .259
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Barry Bonds, LF4121000 .246
Ray Durham, 2B4113013 .292
Steve Finley, CF2110200 .251
Pedro Feliz, 3B4112014 .251
Eliezer Alfonzo, C4011000 .282
Jason Schmidt, P2020000 .143
   a- Tomas De La Rosa, PH10100001.000
    Steve Kline, P0000000 .000
   b- Todd Linden, PH1000001 .325
    Vinnie Chulk, P0000000 .000
    Shea Hillenbrand, 1B0000000 .278
Totals3571174214 
a-singled for Schmidt in the 6th
b-popped out for Kline in the 7th
Batting
2B - Pedro Feliz (25, Lyon), Jason Schmidt (2, En. Gonzalez)
3B - Eliezer Alfonzo (2, Lyon)
HR - Ray Durham (20, En. Gonzalez)
RBI - Barry Bonds (53), Ray Durham 3 (77), Pedro Feliz 2 (80), Eliezer Alfonzo (31)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Feliz 2 (25), Eliezer Alfonzo (14)
Team LOB - 8
San Francisco Giants
Jason Schmidt 6866231 3.23
Steve Kline (W,4-3) 1100000 3.56
Vinnie Chulk (H,4) 1000000 4.95
Armando Benitez (S,16) 1000010 3.25
HBP - Counsell (by Jason Schmidt)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Schmidt 102-70, Steve Kline 8-5, Vinnie Chulk 8-6, Armando Benitez 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Schmidt 6-9, Steve Kline 1-2, Armando Benitez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Schmidt 29, Steve Kline 4, Vinnie Chulk 3, Armando Benitez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38831
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Tim Welke