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Roberts' slam sparks D-Backs; NLDS goes to Game 5

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PHOENIX -- Counted out by most everyone else, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in position to complete another comeback. And this one could be the greatest of the bunch.

Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam, Chris Young had the first two-homer game in Arizona's postseason history and Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 on Wednesday night to force Game 5 in the NL Division Series.

"We're not going to give up, even when we're down 2-0," said Young, who drove in three runs. "In the clubhouse, we still believed we could do it. At the time our goal was to get back to Milwaukee. We've reached that, so it's a toss-up now. We're going to be ready to go."

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A day after rolling over the Brewers 8-1, the Diamondbacks struck quickly and often in Game 4, scoring five runs in the first inning off Randy Wolf. The Diamondbacks became the second team -- with the 1977 Dodgers -- to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games.

Arizona evened the series at 2 and sent it back to Milwaukee for the decisive game Friday. It will be a rematch of Game 1 between 21-game winner Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks and fellow right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

Written off by many after being outscored 13-5 in the first two games, baseball's best rally team -- 48 comeback victories during the regular season -- has put itself in position to become only the eighth team overall to win a best-of-5 series after trailing 0-2.

"We had confidence all year, we had confidence when we were down 0-2," Roberts said. "Anything can happen, that's why you play this set of five."

Aaron Hill hit a solo shot for Arizona's first four-homer game in the postseason. Pinch hitter Collin Cowgill added a two-run single and the bullpen held on after a less-than-crisp outing by starter Joe Saunders, preventing Milwaukee from winning a postseason series for the first time since reaching the 1982 World Series.

Of the four opening-round playoff series, three are going to Game 5. Detroit visits the New York Yankees on Thursday night and St. Louis is at Philadelphia on Friday night. The only other time a trio of division matchups went the distance was 2001, the year Arizona won the World Series.

"This team is resilient," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're going to play hard and I expect this team to have a real good game on Friday."

The NL West champion Diamondbacks punctuated their worst-to-first finish with grand slams in their final two home games of the regular season, then kept slamming 'em at Chase Field in the playoffs.

Paul Goldschmidt was the star in Game 3, becoming the third rookie ever to hit a grand slam in the playoffs. He had the crowd buzzing when he strode to the plate against Wolf with the bases loaded in the first inning. He couldn't come, through; Wolf struck him out looking.

Roberts sure did, though, lining his second grand slam in four home games over the wall in left. The shot had the crowd roaring and got his teammates out of the dugout doing "The Snake," a Miguel Montero-created move that involves cupping the right hand and making a striking motion -- like, well, a snake head.

Roberts' drive made Arizona the first team in major league history to hit grand slams in four consecutive home games (regular and postseason), according to STATS LLC and the SABR home run log.

"In that situation, I just wanted to get on base, not try do anything too much," Roberts said. "Just see a pitch in that I could drive and put a pretty good swing on it."

Young followed with a shot to give the Diamondbacks back-to-back homers for the first time in their postseason history, then celebrated with a snake strike after putting Arizona up 5-1.

Wolf, 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in two starts against Arizona during the regular season, lasted only two more innings after allowing seven runs on eight hits.

"I don't think it has anything to do with the D-Backs," Roenicke said. "I think Wolfy, when he gets in trouble, his location isn't there, and you saw that in the first inning."

Cowgill pushed Arizona up 7-3 with a two-run single in the third, Hill hit his solo home run in the sixth and Young lifted a two-run shot in the seventh.

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer off David Hernandez in the eighth to cut Arizona's lead to 10-6, but it was too late for the Brewers.

Notes

  • With a solo home run in Game 2 and a grand slam in Game 3, Goldschmidt joined Shane Spencer (Yankees, 1998) to hit home runs in his first two postseason games, according to information provided to the Diamondbacks by the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Despite a cool night outside -- 79 degrees at game time -- the roof at Chase Field remained closed.
  • Ron Cey and Dusty Baker hit grand slams for the Dodgers in games 1 and 2 of the 1977 NLCS.
  • The most recent team to rally from an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-5 series was Boston against Oakland in the 2003 ALDS.
 
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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4111021 .235
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B4121102 .462
Ryan Braun, LF4011101 .467
Prince Fielder, 1B4010103 .333
Rickie Weeks, 2B5000005 .067
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4330002 .286
Carlos Gomez, CF3122001 .667
George Kottaras, C3001111 .000
Randy Wolf, P1000000 .000
   a- Taylor Green, PH1000001 .000
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .000
   b- Casey McGehee, PH1010000 .500
    Chris Narveson, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Totals35611643  
a-grounded out for Wolf in the 4th
b-singled for M. Estrada in the 6th
c-grounded out for Loe in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Saunders), Ryan Braun (3, Saunders), Prince Fielder (2, Owings), Yuniesky Betancourt (1, Saunders)
HR - Carlos Gomez (1, Hernandez)
SF - Corey Hart (1)
SH - Carlos Gomez (1)
RBI - Corey Hart (3), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2), Ryan Braun (4), Carlos Gomez 2 (2), George Kottaras (1)
SB - Ryan Braun (1, 3rd base off Saunders/Montero), Carlos Gomez (1, 2nd base off Owings/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Betancourt-Fielder
E - Rickie Weeks (1, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Randy Wolf (L,0-1) 3877322 21.00
Marco Estrada 2200030 0.00
Chris Narveson 1.1233122 11.57
Kameron Loe 0.2000000 0.00
Takashi Saito 1100000 0.00
HBP - Goldschmidt (by Takashi Saito)
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 81-41, Marco Estrada 28-20, Chris Narveson 31-17, Kameron Loe 5-5, Takashi Saito 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 3-3, Marco Estrada 1-2, Chris Narveson 1-2, Kameron Loe 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 19, Marco Estrada 8, Chris Narveson 8, Kameron Loe 2, Takashi Saito 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, SS5110003 .353
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Aaron Hill, 2B5121001 .357
Justin Upton, RF4110110 .188
Miguel Montero, C5130012 .313
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B3220113 .455
Ryan Roberts, 3B5114026 .375
Chris Young, CF3323110 .429
Gerardo Parra, LF4000010 .000
Joe Saunders, P0000100 .000
   a- Collin Cowgill, PH10120001.000
    Micah Owings, P1000000 .000
    Jarrod Parker, P0000000 .000
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   b- John McDonald, PH-SS1000001 .000
Totals3710131047  
a-singled for Saunders in the 3rd
b-fouled out for Shaw in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Montero (2, M. Estrada)
HR - Aaron Hill (1, Narveson), Ryan Roberts (2, Wolf), Chris Young 2 (3, Wolf, Narveson)
RBI - Aaron Hill (1), Ryan Roberts 4 (6), Chris Young 3 (4), Collin Cowgill 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts 4 (5), Chris Young (1), Collin Cowgill 2 (2)
SB - Paul Goldschmidt (1, 2nd base off Wolf/Kottaras)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Roberts-Hill-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders 3533210 9.00
Micah Owings (W,1-0) 2200000 0.00
Jarrod Parker 0.1211100 27.00
Bryan Shaw (H,1) 1.2000000 0.00
David Hernandez 1222021 6.00
J.J. Putz 1000100 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 54-32, Micah Owings 26-18, Jarrod Parker 11-4, Bryan Shaw 18-11, David Hernandez 26-18, J.J. Putz 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 3-4, Micah Owings 2-4, Jarrod Parker 1-0, Bryan Shaw 3-2, David Hernandez 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 15, Micah Owings 8, Jarrod Parker 4, Bryan Shaw 5, David Hernandez 5, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38830
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Ron Kulpa