San Francisco at Arizona

Final 12th
W: J. Gutierrez (1-1) L: B. Medders (0-1)
HR: SF - P. Sandoval (1)   ARI - M. Reynolds (5), J. Upton (2)

Diamondbacks even score in ninth, beat Giants in 12th wire reports

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have been waiting for a big hit all season.

They got two on Sunday.

Justin Upton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Conor Jackson hit a bases-loaded single in the 12th as the Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

"It took a while, [but] we got some big hits," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "It was setting up to be the same type of game where we just couldn't get big hits when we needed to, even though we did hit some balls hard. You keep fighting."

As the Diamondbacks streamed out of their dugout and mobbed Jackson, it looked as if they had clinched a division title. In reality, they had salvaged the finale of a three-game series on a sunny, 83-degree day.

They hope this dramatic victory will energize them after a disappointing 7-11 start -- including 6-9 at home.

"Baseball's just a vicious game," Jackson said. "You go through cycles. You're going to go through ups. You're going to go through downs. Hopefully, this will carry over some momentum."

Juan Gutierrez (1-1) pitched the 12th for the Diamondbacks.

The winning rally began when former Diamondbacks reliever Brandon Medders (0-1) walked leadoff man Miguel Montero. After a sacrifice bunt, Medders walked Felipe Lopez intentionally and Augie Ojeda unintentionally to load the bases.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy summoned Justin Miller, who gave up a line drive single to Jackson to deep left field.

Arizona entered the ninth down 4-1 and facing Wilson, who had three saves in his first three chances against the Diamondbacks. Wilson soon had his first blown save.

Chad Tracy bounced an 0-2 pitch down the right-field line for a leadoff double, and Mark Reynolds singled to make it 4-2.

Reynolds was erased on Eric Byrnes' fielder's choice grounder. That brought up Upton, who hit a 3-1 pitch into the left field bleachers to tie it 4-all.

Upton was looking for a fastball all the way, and the hard-throwing Wilson delivered it.

"I don't think you're ever looking for a home run," Upton said. "I was looking to extend the inning."

Upton entered hitting .190 with one homer and three RBI, and there has been speculation that the Diamondbacks might ship the 21-year-old outfielder to the minors. The talk will likely subside after he went 2-for-3 and walked twice.

"You can see the confidence grow more than anything," Melvin said. "For a guy that has the type of talent that he does, all it takes is a few at-bats and some confidence, and you let your ability come out."

Wilson said he had trouble commanding his fastball but added that he wasn't tired.

"I don't make excuses," Wilson said. "Fatigue is not something that enters my body. I just wasn't able to locate."

The Giants thought they had won it in the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval hit a three-run homer, on of his career-high four hits.

Sandoval singled in the first and fourth innings and added a double in the sixth. But his biggest blow came with two on in the eighth against Arizona starter Jon Garland.

"We got the hit we were looking for all day," Bochy said. "We just couldn't hold it."


  • San Francisco LHP Barry Zito will go for his first win, in his fourth start, on Monday against the Dodgers. Zito is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA.
  • Arizona RHP Esmerling Vasquez made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day. Vasquez gave up a single to Emmanuel Burriss on his first pitch, then picked Burriss off first one out later.
  • The Diamondbacks have played 18 games. They'll try to win consecutive games for the first time on Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
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Justin Upton breaks out of a slump with a two-run shot that ties the game in the ninth.  (AP)
Justin Upton breaks out of a slump with a two-run shot that ties the game in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

J. Upton
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1

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Edgar Renteria, SS5100113 .217
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4243000 .292
    Jeremy Affeldt, P00000001.000
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    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
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Travis Ishikawa, 1B5000024 .191
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B5020010 .179
Matt Cain, P1000100 .000
   b- Fred Lewis, PH1110000 .345
    Juan Uribe, 3B2010001 .214
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b-doubled for Cain in the 8th
2B - Randy Winn (4, Vasquez), Pablo Sandoval (4, Garland), Nate Schierholtz (2, Garland), Fred Lewis (5, Garland), Juan Uribe (1, Gutierrez)
HR - Pablo Sandoval (1, Garland)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval 3 (4), Aaron Rowand (8)
CS - Emmanuel Burriss (2, 2nd base by Vasquez/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Sandoval-Ishikawa
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Bob Howry (H,4) 0.1000010 2.45
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-8, Jeremy Affeldt 1-1, Brian Wilson 1-2, Brandon Medders 4-1
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Jeremy Affeldt 2, Bob Howry 1, Brian Wilson 6, Brandon Medders 11, Justin Miller 1
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5000110 .311
Augie Ojeda, SS4000210 .323
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Mark Reynolds, 3B5122010 .274
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HR - Mark Reynolds (5, Cain), Justin Upton (2, Wilson)
SH - Chris Young (2)
RBI - Conor Jackson (10), Mark Reynolds 2 (11), Justin Upton 2 (5)
CS - Eric Byrnes (1, 2nd base by Cain/Molina)
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Batters Faced - Jon Garland 31, Tony Pena 3, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Chad Qualls 6, Juan Gutierrez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31862
Game Time - 3:45
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jerry Crawford