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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks managed just five hits Thursday night, and that was plenty. The final one was especially nice.
Eric Byrnes, having by far the best season of his career, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Diamondbacks a 7-4 victory over Florida and a four-game sweep of the Marlins.
The Diamondbacks won their sixth in a row to climb into second place in the NL West, 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"I really believe this is a playoff team," Byrnes said. "Every day there's more and more guys in here that are starting to believe that."
Tony Pena (5-2) pitched two hitless innings as the Diamondbacks improved to 16-5 against the NL East. Arizona's winning streak follows a 4-13 stretch.
"I think those guys are taking the field believing we're going to win every night," Byrnes said, "and when you have that feeling, it's a pretty good atmosphere. Not too long ago, a week ago, we weren't playing good baseball."
Miguel Montero opened the Arizona ninth with a single up the middle off Armando Benitez (2-6). Montero went to second on Scott Hairston's pinch-hit sacrifice bunt, then took third on a wild pitch. After Orlando Hudson struck out, Byrnes hit an 0-2 pitch over the fence in left.
The odd game featured five hit batters.
"I was going to look for a fastball and try to battle and put something in play," Byrnes said, "and I just ran into it."
Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn't go with an intentional walk -- and get to Mark Reynolds -- because Byrnes was 0-for-5 against Benitez with two strikeouts.
"We got him right where we wanted him," Marlins catcher Matt Treanor said. "I knew we had a couple of pitches we could work with and we could walk him if we had to, unintentionally I guess. We didn't make the pitch and the game was over. It just says something for their ballclub. That's just the way they're playing right now."
It was the third four-game sweep for Arizona this season. Florida hadn't lost a four-game set since May of last year.
"The only thing I'm going to take out of this is we're leaving," Gonzalez said. "We can't leave soon enough. They may ask us to play again tomorrow, so we're going to get out as fast as we can."
Three of Arizona's five hits were homers.
Florida scored a run in the first and another in the second to go up 2-0, but Arizona tied it in the third on Owings' 392-foot homer to left, his first big league home run.
Things fell apart for the rookie right-hander in the fourth. Jeremy Hermida, Todd Linden and Treanor singled to load the bases. Owings walked pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim on a 3-2 pitch to bring in one run, then hit Alfredo Amezaga on a 1-2 count for another, and it was 4-2.
That was it for Owings -- and Florida's offense.
"That's the key to the game," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It's lost in the shuffle as you go forward -- Burnsy's walk-off obviously has something to do with the win. But if Nip doesn't come in and do what he did that inning, we're not in this position."
Owings went three innings plus five batters, allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out two, walked and hit two batters. Owings is 0-4 in his last seven starts.
The game settled from there. Kim allowed only one hit, Owens' homer, but walked six and hit a batter. He was taken out after walking Chad Tracy to lead off the sixth.
|Where's Eric Byrnes? He's in there somewhere after connecting for a walk-off three-run homer. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfredo Amezaga, SS||4||0||0||1||0||0||2||.272|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.258|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.330|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.274|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||3||1||1||0||1||2||1||.250|
|Todd Linden, CF||3||2||1||0||1||0||2||.216|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||2||1||0||0||2||.325|
|Byung-Hyun Kim, P||1||0||0||1||1||0||0||.059|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Joe Borchard, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.200|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Miller in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Jacobs (13, Owings)|
|SH - Byung-Hyun Kim (7)|
|RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (24), Mike Jacobs (25), Matt Treanor (9), Byung-Hyun Kim (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs (10)|
|SB - Todd Linden (1, 2nd base off Owings/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Renyel Pinto (H,11)||1||0||1||1||0||1||0||3.58|
|Justin Miller (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||2.10|
|Armando Benitez (L,2-6)||0.2||2||3||3||1||1||1||5.59|
|HBP - DaVanon (by Byung-Hyun Kim), Montero (by Renyel Pinto)|
|WP - Armando Benitez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Byung-Hyun Kim 86-43, Renyel Pinto 14-7, Justin Miller 11-9, Taylor Tankersley 20-15, Armando Benitez 13-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Byung-Hyun Kim 3-9, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Justin Miller 1-1, Taylor Tankersley 1-0, Armando Benitez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Byung-Hyun Kim 23, Renyel Pinto 3, Justin Miller 4, Taylor Tankersley 4, Armando Benitez 5|
|Chris Young, CF||4||1||0||0||1||2||2||.237|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.287|
|Eric Byrnes, LF||4||1||1||3||1||0||0||.309|
|Tony Clark, 1B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.234|
|a- Mark Reynolds, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Chad Tracy, 3B-1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.260|
|Stephen Drew, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.244|
|Jeff DaVanon, RF||2||1||0||0||1||1||1||.158|
|Miguel Montero, C||2||2||1||0||1||1||0||.243|
|Micah Owings, P||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.194|
|Dustin Nippert, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Doug Slaten, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Conor Jackson, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.268|
|Tony Pena, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|c- Scott Hairston, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|a-struck out for Clark in the 8th|
|b-homered for Slaten in the 7th|
|c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Pena in the 9th|
|2B - Stephen Drew (20, Tankersley)|
|HR - Eric Byrnes (15, Benitez), Micah Owings (1, Kim), Conor Jackson (7, Miller)|
|SH - Scott Hairston (3)|
|RBI - Eric Byrnes 3 (57), Micah Owings 2 (4), Conor Jackson 2 (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Eric Byrnes 3 (17)|
|SB - Eric Byrnes (27, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor), Jeff DaVanon (1, 2nd base off Kim/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Nippert-Montero-Clark|
|Tony Pena (W,5-2)||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.02|
|HBP - Uggla (by Micah Owings), Amezaga (by Micah Owings), Treanor (by Tony Pena)|
|WP - Micah Owings (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Micah Owings 65-43, Dustin Nippert 39-26, Doug Slaten 9-7, Tony Pena 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Micah Owings 3-4, Dustin Nippert 3-6, Tony Pena 1-4|
|Batters Faced - Micah Owings 19, Dustin Nippert 11, Doug Slaten 3, Tony Pena 7|
|Attendance - 18721|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 78|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague|