D-backs win back to back series with extra innings victory

May 24, 2009 by  

teams_ariThe Arizona Diamondbacks have won back-to-back series for the first time this season with an 8-7 win over the Oakland A’s tonight. The D-backs needed some offensive and defensive heroics to pull off the win after star pitcher Dan Haren looked human allowing a career high four home runs in his seven innings.

The D-backs trailed 5-1 heading into the eighth inning. Eric Byrnes got the scoring started with a 2-run single then Chad Tracey followed with a two run double to tie the game.

The game would remain tied heading into the 11th inning. Justin Upton lined a ball down then line moving Para to second. Stephen Drew followed with a single scoring Para and moving Upton to third. Mark Reynolds continued his clutch hitting and lined a double to center scoring Upton and Drew. Arizona would need all three runs scored in the 11th.

In the bottom of the 11th Chad Qualls took to the mound with a three run lead. Qualls gave up singles to Jason Giambi and Nomar Garciaparra.  Second baseman Adam Kennedy would double scoring Giambi and putting runners on second and third with only one out. reach tie run to plate with one out.  Sweeny hit a ball that took a strange hop and Reynolds fielded the ball clean, but had no play. With runners on first and third Qualls needed a double playto get out of the inning and that is exactly what he got. Drew fielded a ball cleanly, flipped to Roberts at second who bare handed the ball and threw to first to record the game-saving double play.

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W: T. Pena L: C. Breslow S: C. Qualls

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