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Young's two-run blast in 10th completes D-Backs' rally vs. Rays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- With late homers by Tony Clark and Chris Young, the Arizona Diamondbacks matched the greatest comeback in team history and finally solved the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

One inning after Clark tied the game with a two-run pinch hit homer in the ninth, Young hit a game-ending, two-run homer to defeat the Devil Rays 10-8 Tuesday night.

The Diamondbacks rallied from a six-run deficit for their first win in eight games against their 1998 expansion partners. Arizona trailed 7-1 in the fourth and 8-2 in the sixth.

"That was fun," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Those feel a lot better when you win them. It ended up being a huge win for us. We finally beat the Devil Rays."

It was a crushing loss for Tampa Bay, which coughed up several late leads.

"It's unfortunate," manager Joe Maddon said. "Another huge lead goes away, and that's hard."

Opponents might want to think about pitching around Young the next time he comes up in the 10th inning. For the second time in two weeks, Arizona's center fielder hit a game-winning homer in the 10th.

"You can never get used to it, honestly," said Young, whose 10th-inning homer on June 5 beat San Francisco 4-3. "It's something that doesn't happen too often, but it feels great when it does."

Conor Jackson led off the 10th with a single off Al Reyes (1-1). One out later, Young followed by driving a 2-2 delivery into the left field seats -- the second two-run homer Reyes allowed.

"He battled very good, and I tried to go with the slider," Reyes said. "I left it up."

An inning earlier, Reyes blew his first save in 17 chances by serving up a game-tying, two-run shot to Clark. With one out, Reyes walked Carlos Quentin and then Clark hit a 2-1 changeup for his third pinch hit homer of the season and 10th of his career.

"You try to stay positive and you don't think you're going to blow a save," Reyes said.

It's the fourth time Arizona has rallied from six runs down to win, and the second time this season. The Diamondbacks overcame a 7-1 third inning deficit in a 9-8 victory at Pittsburgh May 19.

One of Arizona's few veterans, Clark said he urged his teammates to hang in there even as they fell behind early on.

"I mentioned earlier that you're not going to hit a five-run home run," Clark said. "So you simply try to put together solid at-bats, get a run here and a run there and hope you don't run out of outs."

Brandon Lyon (5-2) pitched the 10th for Arizona. Juan Cruz and Tony Pena each pitched two shutout innings as the Diamondbacks' bullpen retired 18 of the last 20 Devil Rays.

Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who left the bases loaded three times.

Akinori Iwamura led off the game with a homer and finished a triple shy of the cycle for Tampa Bay. He singled in the second and doubled in the fourth to help the Devil Rays build a 7-1 lead.

The Devil Rays pounced on Arizona starter Doug Davis. Iwamura belted Davis' first pitch of the game 384 feet into the left field seats for his first career leadoff homer. It was Iwamura's second homer of the season.

Davis allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. He walked one and struck out three, though he did break the majors' longest hitless streak with a single up the middle in the second. He had been 0-for-51 slump since getting a hit July 4 off Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo.

"He didn't have good command," Melvin said. "When he threw the ball over the plate, he got hit."

Tampa Bay made it 7-1 in the fourth on Ty Wigginton's 404-foot homer to left field. The two-run shot was Wigginton's 12th.

Arizona pulled within 8-4 in the sixth on Quentin's solo homer -- his fifth -- and an RBI single by Orlando Hudson.

Broken-bat RBI singles by Quentin and Eric Byrnes off Jay Witasick made it 8-6 in the seventh.

Young said he and his teammates sensed then that they would complete the comeback.

"It's tough, but at the same time we understand that we have the skill to come back in a game like that as long as we don't give up," Young said.

Notes

  • In the first two games of the series, Arizona starting pitchers Livan Hernandez and Davis gave up 13 runs and 21 hits in 10 innings.
  • Wigginton's homer extended his hit streak to a career-long 13 games.
 
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Party at the plate! Chris Young is mobbed by his teammates after his 10th-inning home run.  (AP)
Party at the plate! Chris Young is mobbed by his teammates after his 10th-inning home run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Quentin
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Tampa Bay

A. Iwamura
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Akinori Iwamura, 3B5332011 .317
Brendan Harris, SS5010033 .318
Carl Crawford, LF4112001 .294
Ty Wigginton, 2B5112012 .283
Carlos Pena, 1B3100202 .309
Delmon Young, CF4111103 .266
Jonny Gomes, RF5021010 .288
    Al Reyes, P0000000 .000
Dioner Navarro, C4000102 .170
J.P. Howell, P3110013 .333
    Casey Fossum, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
   a- Jorge Cantu, PH0000000 .273
    Jay Witasick, P0000000 .000
    Gary Glover, P0000000 .000
    Elijah Dukes, RF1000000 .190
Totals39810847  
a-hit by pitch for Camp in the 7th
Batting
2B - Akinori Iwamura (6, Davis)
HR - Akinori Iwamura (2, Davis), Ty Wigginton (12, Davis)
SF - Akinori Iwamura (1)
RBI - Akinori Iwamura 2 (10), Carl Crawford 2 (43), Ty Wigginton 2 (35), Delmon Young (39), Jonny Gomes (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ty Wigginton 2 (14), Delmon Young (13), Jonny Gomes (8)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Iwamura-Wigginton-Pena
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
J.P. Howell 5.1944441 4.26
Casey Fossum 0.1100010 7.53
Shawn Camp 0.1000000 6.84
Jay Witasick 0.2222310 4.82
Gary Glover (H,4) 1.1000020 4.54
Al Reyes (BS,1; L,1-1) 1.1444112 3.26
WP - Jay Witasick (3)
Pitches-Strikes - J.P. Howell 107-65, Casey Fossum 6-4, Shawn Camp 5-4, Jay Witasick 32-16, Gary Glover 16-9, Al Reyes 44-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.P. Howell 6-5, Shawn Camp 1-0, Gary Glover 1-1
Batters Faced - J.P. Howell 28, Casey Fossum 2, Shawn Camp 1, Jay Witasick 7, Gary Glover 4, Al Reyes 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, LF6131003 .310
Stephen Drew, SS4110222 .238
Orlando Hudson, 2B5021137 .305
Conor Jackson, 1B5110112 .267
Mark Reynolds, 3B2001100 .284
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH-3B2100101 .287
Chris Young, CF6232014 .252
Chris Snyder, C4010025 .213
   b- Miguel Montero, PH-C1000000 .202
Carlos Quentin, RF4323100 .212
Doug Davis, P1010000 .048
   c- Scott Hairston, PH1010000 .234
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
    Augie Ojeda, 3B1000100 .333
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
   d- Tony Clark, PH1112000 .236
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
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a-walked for Cruz in the 7th
b-flied out for Snyder in the 9th
c-singled for Davis in the 4th
d-homered for Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (12, Howell)
HR - Chris Young (10, Reyes), Carlos Quentin (5, Howell), Tony Clark (8, Reyes)
RBI - Eric Byrnes (36), Orlando Hudson (39), Mark Reynolds (16), Chris Young 2 (27), Carlos Quentin 3 (26), Tony Clark 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes (10), Orlando Hudson (19), Carlos Quentin (13)
SB - Eric Byrnes (14, 2nd base off Fossum/Navarro)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
PB - Chris Snyder (6)
E - Eric Byrnes (4, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Doug Davis 4977132 4.26
Jailen Peguero 1111220 3.38
Juan Cruz 2000100 4.01
Tony Pena 2000010 2.35
Brandon Lyon (W,5-2) 1000010 2.43
HBP - Crawford (by Doug Davis), Cantu (by Juan Cruz)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 81-50, Jailen Peguero 25-13, Juan Cruz 20-11, Tony Pena 20-16, Brandon Lyon 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 4-5, Juan Cruz 1-5, Tony Pena 1-4, Brandon Lyon 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 23, Jailen Peguero 6, Juan Cruz 8, Tony Pena 6, Brandon Lyon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19761
Game Time - 4:05
Temperature - 101
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Field Culbreth