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Jackson's RBI single caps D-Backs' six-run ninth to clip Brewers

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PHOENIX -- As Conor Jackson's two-run single bounced through Milwaukee's drawn-in infield, the Arizona Diamondbacks poured out of their dugout as if they had won a title.

All they had really done was reach .500. But it felt like a monumental achievement for the slumping NL West leaders.

In one of the more improbable victories in team history, the Diamondbacks overcame a five-run deficit in the ninth inning to defeat the Brewers 6-5 on Thursday. After being shut out for eight innings, the Diamondbacks sent seven men to the plate in the ninth, and every one reached base.

"Hopefully this will kind of spark us and get us going," said Chad Tracy, whose three-run, pinch-hit double was pivotal. "That looked like the old Diamondbacks right there, battling back and never giving up."

The victory lifted the Diamondbacks to 43-43 and kept them 1½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Afterward, they still weren't quite sure how they had done it.

"I was almost in shock, basically," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "We played possum for eight innings, and in the ninth inning we surprised them. Don't ask me."

For the Brewers, the loss put an agonizing end on a 5-5 road trip to Atlanta, Minnesota and Arizona.

"It was a very tough loss for us today, especially going into the ninth inning 5-0," said closer Salomon Torres (4-2), who blew his third save in 18 chances. "It appears to be the deal was sealed, but apparently it wasn't."

The rally began like a dripping faucet but quickly became a flood.

Three Arizona reserves -- Robby Hammock, Chris Burke and Augie Ojeda -- breathed life into a seemingly moribund team. Hammock led off with a single against reliever Guillermo Mota. Burke drew a walk and then Ojeda loaded the bases with a scratch single to second.

The Chase Field crowd of 23,842, or what was left of it, was suddenly on its feet and cheering. Lefty Brian Shouse came on to face Tracy, batting for the pitcher.

Tracy was hitless in seven at-bats against left-handers this season, but Melvin had no righties on his bench. Tracy said he knew he'd have trouble with Shouse's slider, so he went up looking for a fastball.

Shouse delivered one on his first pitch, and Tracy belted it into the gap in right-center to clear the bases and make it 5-3.

"Typically, he's started me out in the past with fastballs, and he gave me exactly what I was looking for, and I put a good swing on it," Tracy said.

Brewers manager Ned Yost summoned Torres, who gave up a bloop single to Justin Upton, putting runners at the corners.

Orlando Hudson's double down the left-field line made it 5-4, but the crowd groaned when Upton ignored third-base coach Chip Hale's green light and stopped at third.

The baserunning blunder didn't matter. With Upton at third and Hudson on second, the Brewers brought the infield in. Jackson bounced a single up the middle and a party broke out at home plate.

"It's just a situation you always dream of being in as a kid," Jackson said. "You want to drive in the winning run, win the game and be the hero."

Torres didn't feel heroic. He had converted 14 consecutive save opportunities since taking over the closer job, but he'd rather forget this outing.

"I'm sure I'm going to digest the whole thing later tonight on the plane," Torres said. "It's just one of those things you have to shake off and be ready to go at it next time."

While the Diamondbacks mobbed each other, the Brewers trudged off the field in shock.

"It's just one of those innings," Yost said.

Arizona's rally wasted a big day by Milwaukee shortstop J.J. Hardy, who homered, doubled twice and singled. The four hits matched a career high.

Hardy has hit in a team-high 15 consecutive games, and he went 11-for-18 with three home runs and six RBI in the four-game series with Arizona.

The Diamondbacks' rally cost Brewers starter Manny Parra his seventh consecutive victory. Parra blanked the Diamondbacks on four hits over six innings.

Parra has not allowed a run in three of his last four starts. And he has given up one earned run in 13 innings against Arizona this season.

Leo Rosales (1-0) pitched the ninth for Arizona for his first major league victory.

Notes

  • Arizona's record is overcoming a six-run deficit.
  • Arizona RHP Dan Haren, the NL pitcher of the month for June, will start the opener of a three-game series against San Diego on Friday night. Haren shut out the Padres over seven innings of his only start against them, a 9-0 victory on April 18.
  • The Brewers lost for the 19th time this season in a game they led.
 
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Orlando Hudson's eyes tell the story as he scores Arizona's winning run, the sixth of the inning.  (AP)
Orlando Hudson's eyes tell the story as he scores Arizona's winning run, the sixth of the inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5000022 .213
J.J. Hardy, SS5141002 .283
Corey Hart, RF5030012 .297
Prince Fielder, 1B5000014 .264
Russell Branyan, 3B4210114 .263
Gabe Kapler, LF4110022 .306
Mike Cameron, CF3112000 .223
Jason Kendall, C4021000 .274
Manny Parra, P2000112 .194
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .238
    Eric Gagne, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Totals38512428  
a-flied out for Stetter in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy 2 (19, Webb, Webb), Corey Hart (23, Cruz)
HR - J.J. Hardy (9, Webb), Mike Cameron (13, Webb)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (32), Mike Cameron 2 (32), Jason Kendall (25)
SB - Russell Branyan (1, 2nd base off Webb/Hammock), Jason Kendall (6, 2nd base off Webb/Hammock)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Weeks-Fielder
E - Russell Branyan (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra 6400340 3.69
Mitch Stetter 1100120 2.45
Eric Gagne 1000010 6.64
Guillermo Mota0233100 5.06
Brian Shouse0111000 2.15
Salomon Torres (BS,3; L,4-2)0322000 2.89
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 100-59, Mitch Stetter 21-13, Eric Gagne 9-6, Guillermo Mota 11-5, Brian Shouse 1-1, Salomon Torres 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 8-6
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 25, Mitch Stetter 5, Eric Gagne 3, Guillermo Mota 3, Brian Shouse 1, Salomon Torres 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS3000112 .256
    Connor Robertson, P0000000 .000
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
   a- Chad Tracy, PH1113000 .273
Justin Upton, RF5110024 .237
Orlando Hudson, 2B4121124 .300
Conor Jackson, 1B5022003 .312
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000112 .258
Chris Young, CF4010000 .237
Robby Hammock, C4110013 .192
Chris Burke, LF3110102 .173
Brandon Webb, P2010001 .152
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH-SS1110100 .310
Totals35611657  
a-doubled for Rosales in the 9th
b-walked for Cruz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (3, Shouse), Orlando Hudson (21, Torres)
RBI - Chad Tracy 3 (14), Orlando Hudson (36), Conor Jackson 2 (46)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Webb-Reynolds-Hudson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Webb 6955262 3.43
Juan Cruz 1100020 3.23
Connor Robertson 1000000 2.25
Leo Rosales (W,1-0) 1200000 1.29
HBP - Cameron (by Brandon Webb)
WP - Brandon Webb (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Webb 95-63, Juan Cruz 12-10, Connor Robertson 9-6, Leo Rosales 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Webb 6-5, Juan Cruz 1-0, Connor Robertson 1-2, Leo Rosales 1-2
Batters Faced - Brandon Webb 29, Juan Cruz 4, Connor Robertson 3, Leo Rosales 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23842
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Jeff Nelson