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Desmond's walk-off homer steals win from Saunders

The Sports Xchange
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--LHP Joe Saunders made his fifth consecutive quality start to open the season but was not rewarded with his third victory when Washington SS Ian Desmond hit a two-run, walkoff home in the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory. Saunders, 2-1, with a 1.24 ERA, lost a victory after pitching seven scoreless innings in his first start of the season at San Diego on April 11 when RHP David Hernandez gave up a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss.

--RHP J.J. Putz has given up two two-run, walkoff homers this season, the first when Colorado 1B Todd Helton touched him in a 8-7 Rockies' victory April 14. "For the most part, I think I am throwing well," said Putz,who gave up only four home runs last season as the D-backs went 84-0 when leading after eight innings.

--SS John McDonald has hit safely in his last four starts after singling in the ninth inning Wednesday, when he also received his third career intentional walk when Washington pitched around him with a runner on second base and two outs in the sixth to bring up LPH Joe Saunders. McDonald, hitting .323, has three intentional walks in 895 games, and all three have come in his last four starts, two in as many days. He spent his first 12 1/2 seasons in the American League before being acquired from Toronto last August.

--Class AA Mobile RHP Trevor Bauer was named the organization's pitcher of the month for April after going 5-0 with a 1.26 ERA. Bauer, the third player taken in the 2011 draft, struck out 37 and gave up 18 hits while walking 17 in 28 2/3 innings. Opponents hit .184 against him. The first minor leaguer to five victories, Bauer suffered his first loss of the season Tuesday.

--LHP Wade Miley was named the NL Rookie of Month after going 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in five appearances in April. "It's nice, but we told him to keep the same hat size," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson told reporters. Miley won his two starts, against Philadelphia and Miami, while giving up three hits and no earned runs in 12 1/3 innings. He has 15 strikeouts in 21 innings.

BY THE NUMBERS
11 -- home runs given up by D-backs' relievers this season, the most in the NL.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I just left one pitch up. Game over." -- D-backs closer RHP J.J. Putz, after Washington SS Ian Desmond hit a walkoff home run with two outs in the ninth inning.

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