Bautista hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, and the
Diamondbacks stopped their franchise-record losing streak at 11
games Wednesday night with a 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres.
"Coming from behind, that's where you get a lot of
confidence," Bautista said.
Chad Tracy had a three-run homer, Quinton McCracken hit a
two-run drive and Luis Gonzalez had a run-scoring double as Arizona
rebounded from one-run deficits three times for its first victory
since beating the New York Yankees 6-1 on June 17.
"It was the most beautiful win I've ever seen," manager Bob
Brenly said "We made some mistakes tonight. We threw the ball
around a little bit, we walked some guys, we put ourselves into
some jams, but we just kept coming back."
McCracken, traded to Seattle in December and released by the
Mariners in June, was recalled from Triple-A Tucson before the
game. He immediately settled into his accustomed role as a spark
"It was good to win, break the streak and hopefully right the
ship," said McCracken, who has had 34 of his 60 career RBI with
the Diamondbacks after the sixth inning.
The Diamondbacks overcame four errors, which matched their
season high. Starter Brandon Webb and Stephen Randolph each threw a
wild pitch, but Randolph (2-1) struck out two batters in the
seventh for the win.
Brian Giles tied a career high with five hits and drove in two
runs for the Padres, who had won seven of their previous eight
games. Sean Burroughs, playing for the first time after missing
four games with shoulder tendinitis, added an RBI single.
"I was just disappointed we didn't win," Giles said. "These
guys lost 11 or 12 in a row or whatever, so they were going to snap
out of it, and tonight they got some big hits when they had to."
With Arizona trailing 5-4 in the seventh, Blaine Neal (0-1)
walked Roberto Alomar, Steve Finley singled and Bautista lined a
pitch on one hop to the wall in left-center. McCracken boosted the
lead with his homer in the eighth.
Padres starter Brian Lawrence allowed four runs and five hits in
six innings, and tied his season high with four walks after a
five-game series in which he allowed only one walk.
"We just hurt ourselves with a couple of leadoff walks,"
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
Webb gave up five runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in 6 1/3
innings. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the first, but
Tracy's homer onto the deck of the swimming pool in right field put
Arizona ahead in the fourth. It was the Diamondbacks' first lead of
the three-game series.
San Diego went ahead 4-3 in the fifth on RBI singles by
Burroughs and Giles around a run-scoring throwing error by
shortstop Tim Olson.
Gonzalez's RBI double tied it 4-all in the bottom half, but
Giles put San Diego ahead in the seventh with his second double of
"We knew we weren't going to lose the rest of the way out, but
to get this one tonight -- especially with some of the miscues we
had on the field -- was nice," Gonzalez said. "So, hopefully, this
is something we can build on."
Gonzalez's double was his 1,000th hit in his 5½ years with
the Diamondbacks. ... Attendance was 24,275, Arizona's smallest
home crowd of the year. ... The Padres had won five straight
against Arizona. ... Padres rookie C Humberto Quintero was 0-for-4
after getting hits in his first five major league games. ... Giles'
first five-hit game was July 29, 2000, for Pittsburgh against San