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D-Backs rally in 12th to secure fifth straight win

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PITTSBURGH -- The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't letting late deficits keep them down.

For the second straight game, Arizona rallied for a win, this one in extra innings.

Alex Romero's two-run double highlighted a five-run 12th inning to cap a comeback from three runs down and give the Diamondbacks their fifth straight victory, 11-6 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

"That was one of the more resilient victories that we've showed," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "To play the bottom of the sixth like we did and give up the four runs -- we threw the ball around the field a little bit -- but we bounced back. It was a good, resilient group tonight. We're confident, we responded. They missed some opportunities, and we finally broke through in the 12th."

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Romero's fourth hit was a double to right-center off Steven Jackson (2-2) with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th.

Pitcher Dan Haren followed with a sacrifice fly as a pinch-hitter, and Miguel Montero added an RBI single with Gerardo Parra scoring on a throwing error for the final run.

Mark Reynolds, Stephen Drew and Trent Oeltjen homered and Parra had four hits for Arizona, which won for the seventh time in eight games. Arizona, which finished with 21 hits, won for the 11th time this season when trailing after six innings.

"Nobody's giving up," Reynolds said. "We're playing hard, and we're having a good road trip so far."

Delwyn Young, Ronny Cedeno and Lastings Milledge all had two hits and at least an RBI for the Pirates, who have lost five straight and 10 of 12.

Kevin Hart was in line to win his debut with the Pirates a week after he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs, but Pittsburgh's bullpen again couldn't hold a lead.

"Arizona's hot right now. It seems like their whole lineup's hitting," Pirates manager John Russell said. "They're hot, and we had a chance to put them away and we didn't."

Jon Rauch (2-0) worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the 11th for the win. Romero went 4 for 7 with three RBI and two runs, while Parra was 4 for 6.

Making his major league debut because Justin Upton was placed on the disabled list, Oeltjen hit a towering homer into the elevated right-field seats leading off the eighth to tie the game at 6.

"It's just unreal to have a special win like we did in the same game as hitting your first major league home run," Oeltjen said.

Reynolds' homer was his 33rd and 12th since July 1 -- most in the majors in that time. It led off the sixth and went deep into the far bullpen in left-center to give Arizona its first lead, 3-2. Reynolds, who had an RBI double in the third, was removed from the game in the ninth after experiencing pain in his rib cage.

"It wasn't a big deal," said Reynolds, who is second in the NL in home runs. "I shouldn't miss any time."

Cedeno's two-run single in the sixth gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead and knocked out Max Scherzer. He allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Pinch-hitter Steve Pearce followed with a double to center off Juan Gutierrez to drive in Cedeno and he would come around to score on an errant throw by Montero.

"The game could have got out of hand there," Hinch said. "The way we fell behind was frustrating. A month ago, you'd question whether we had it in us to bounce back, but recently we showed we can be resilient. We're a good group of battlers and grinders, and it's showing up. We were rewarded tonight with a win."

Drew led off the seventh with his eighth homer and Montero had an RBI groundout.

Hart allowed three runs and nine hits with five strikeouts in six innings. He has yet to allow more than three runs in any of his five major league starts.

"I thought he threw the ball well," Russell said. "He had good stuff, used both sides of the plate and had a nice offspeed mix as well. He was aggressive with the fastball. We're very excited he's in the rotation. We're looking forward to seeing him pitch a number of years down the road."

Jackson was demoted to Triple-A Indianapolis after the game and the Pirates recalled right-hander Jose Ascanio, who was also part of the trade last week with the Cubs.

Notes

  • Diamondbacks 2B Ryan Roberts left the team Thursday to be with his wife, who was to give birth to the couple's first child. Roberts had homered three times the previous two days.
  • Oeltjen, in his first major league game, was credited with an outfield assist in the first inning, he had his first single and stolen base after his first at-bat in the second.
 
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Alex Romero gets a good swing on a Steven Jackson pitch and smacks a two-run double in the 12th. (AP)
Alex Romero gets a good swing on a Steven Jackson pitch and smacks a two-run double in the 12th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

A. Romero
AB 7
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

R. Cedeno
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS6211112 .270
Alex Romero, RF7243011 .290
Gerardo Parra, CF6240121 .290
Mark Reynolds, 3B5132011 .284
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Young, PH0000100 .195
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   b- Dan Haren, PH0001000 .240
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
Miguel Montero, C7022033 .287
Chad Tracy, 1B-3B7010006 .225
Trent Oeltjen, LF6121002 .333
Augie Ojeda, 2B5230112 .243
Max Scherzer, P2000012 .194
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
   c- Josh Whitesell, PH1000011 .195
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Chris Snyder, 1B2110001 .215
Totals54112110411  
a-walked for Zavada in the 11th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Rauch in the 12th
c-struck out for Schoeneweis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Alex Romero (5, Jackson), Mark Reynolds (23, Hart), Miguel Montero (18, Hart), Augie Ojeda (11, J. Chavez), Chris Snyder (7, Jackson)
HR - Stephen Drew (8, Karstens), Mark Reynolds (33, Hart), Trent Oeltjen (1, J. Chavez)
SF - Dan Haren (1)
SH - Max Scherzer (4)
RBI - Stephen Drew (43), Alex Romero 3 (9), Mark Reynolds 2 (76), Dan Haren (7), Miguel Montero 2 (35), Trent Oeltjen (1)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Romero (4), Mark Reynolds (38), Miguel Montero (19)
SB - Alex Romero (2, 2nd base off Hart/Doumit), Trent Oeltjen 2 (2, 2nd base off Hart/Doumit, 2nd base off Capps/Doumit)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trent Oeltjen 1
DP - Montero-Reynolds
E - Stephen Drew (7, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Montero (8, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer 5.1755450 4.01
Juan Gutierrez 0.1110010 4.26
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1000000 6.63
Esmerling Vasquez 1000200 4.04
Clay Zavada 2100020 2.97
Jon Rauch (W,2-0) 1200020 3.72
Leo Rosales 1000010 5.04
IBB - McCutchen by Esmerling Vasquez
HBP - Cedeno (by Max Scherzer)
WP - Max Scherzer (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 100-62, Juan Gutierrez 13-10, Scott Schoeneweis 12-8, Esmerling Vasquez 19-9, Clay Zavada 22-16, Jon Rauch 20-15, Leo Rosales 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 6-3, Juan Gutierrez 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-3, Esmerling Vasquez 3-0, Clay Zavada 1-3
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 26, Juan Gutierrez 3, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Clay Zavada 7, Jon Rauch 5, Leo Rosales 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen, CF4120200 .296
Lastings Milledge, LF5121114 .226
Garrett Jones, 1B5000135 .287
Ryan Doumit, C6010015 .233
Delwyn Young, 2B6121024 .294
Brandon Moss, RF5100101 .248
Andy LaRoche, 3B6010022 .262
Ronny Cedeno, SS5122010 .183
Kevin Hart, P2000013 .182
   a- Steve Pearce, PH1111000 .226
    Jeff Karstens, P0000000 .056
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Salazar, PH0000100 .050
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
   c- Luis Cruz, PH1000000 .375
    Steven Jackson, P0000000 .000
Totals466115611  
a-doubled for Hart in the 6th
b-walked for J. Chavez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Capps in the 10th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (15, Scherzer), Lastings Milledge (2, Scherzer), Steve Pearce (7, Gutierrez)
RBI - Lastings Milledge (6), Delwyn Young (27), Ronny Cedeno 2 (22), Steve Pearce (3)
2-OUT RBI - Delwyn Young (12)
SB - Lastings Milledge (2, 3rd base off Scherzer/Montero), Jeff Salazar (1, 2nd base off Vasquez/Montero)
CS - Andy LaRoche (1, Home by Scherzer/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lastings Milledge 1
E - Brandon Moss (2, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Kevin Hart 6933151 2.94
Jeff Karstens (H,1) 0.1322001 4.90
Jesse Chavez (BS,3) 1.2211011 3.66
Matt Capps 2100040 5.50
Steven Jackson (L,2-2) 2654310 4.37
IBB - Ojeda by Kevin Hart, Drew by Steven Jackson, by Parra
WP - Jesse Chavez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Hart 102-67, Jeff Karstens 16-12, Jesse Chavez 22-14, Matt Capps 31-24, Steven Jackson 40-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Hart 4-8, Jesse Chavez 2-2, Matt Capps 2-0, Steven Jackson 1-4
Batters Faced - Kevin Hart 27, Jeff Karstens 4, Jesse Chavez 7, Matt Capps 7, Steven Jackson 15
Game Information
Attendance - 17311
Game Time - 4:18
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Doug Eddings