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Byrnes smacks walk-off three-run shot, D-Backs climb in NL West

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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.

Starter Micah Owings and pinch-hitter Conor Jackson each had a two-run home run, the Diamondbacks' only hits through the first seven innings. Still, it was tied 4-4.

With Arizona down 4-2, Marlins reliever Renyel Pinto hit Montero to lead off the seventh. Justin Miller relieved Pinto, and Jackson hit the second pitch he saw into the left-field seats.

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.

Dustin Nippert came in and induced Dan Uggla to hit a bouncer to the mound for a home-to-first double play. Miguel Cabrera grounded out to end the inning.

"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.

Notes

  • Tracy was back in the Arizona starting lineup at third base after missing five games with a sore right knee.
  • The Diamondbacks' Stephen Drew made it to first on what could have been a double play in the sixth inning, but was called out by umpire Bill Miller for trying to advance, even though he never left foul territory.
  • 1B Tony Clark and the LF Byrnes both made diving catches for Arizona.
 
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Where's Eric Byrnes? He's in there somewhere after connecting for a walk-off three-run homer.  (AP)
Where's Eric Byrnes? He's in there somewhere after connecting for a walk-off three-run homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

E. Byrnes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

M. Treanor
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, SS4001002 .272
Dan Uggla, 2B4110011 .258
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5000014 .330
Mike Jacobs, 1B5011011 .274
Josh Willingham, LF4020002 .261
Jeremy Hermida, RF3110121 .250
Todd Linden, CF3210102 .216
Matt Treanor, C3021002 .325
Byung-Hyun Kim, P1001100 .059
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000001 .200
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
Totals3348435  
a-fouled out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
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
Florida Marlins
Byung-Hyun Kim 5122631 4.72
Renyel Pinto (H,11) 1011010 3.58
Justin Miller (BS,1) 1111011 2.10
Taylor Tankersley 1100020 5.67
Armando Benitez (L,2-6) 0.2233111 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
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4100122 .237
Orlando Hudson, 2B5000012 .287
Eric Byrnes, LF4113100 .309
Tony Clark, 1B2000110 .234
   a- Mark Reynolds, PH-3B1000010 .262
Chad Tracy, 3B-1B2000210 .260
Stephen Drew, SS4010003 .244
Jeff DaVanon, RF2100111 .158
Miguel Montero, C2210110 .243
Micah Owings, P1112000 .194
    Dustin Nippert, P1000002 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   b- Conor Jackson, PH1112000 .268
    Tony Pena, P0000000 .333
   c- Scott Hairston, PH0000000 .222
Totals2975778  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Nippert-Montero-Clark
Arizona Diamondbacks
Micah Owings 3644220 5.13
Dustin Nippert 3.1100100 3.54
Doug Slaten 0.2100020 2.33
Tony Pena (W,5-2) 2000010 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
Game Information
Attendance - 18721
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague