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Diamondbacks make it six wins in eight games

HOUSTON (AP) -- Brian Bruney nearly blew his unexpected audition
to be the closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Troy Glaus saved him -- and the win -- with a defensive play even
bigger than his earlier two-run homer.

Glaus snared a liner with the bases loaded to end the game,
preserving Bruney's third save of the season as the Diamondbacks
held off the Houston Astros 7-6 Wednesday night.

"Tonight I didn't have my best stuff but I got through it,"
Bruney said. "I was determined because I got myself in that
situation, and I was going to get myself out of it."

Bruney, a 23-year-old reliever, was temporarily promoted to
closer after the Diamondbacks revealed that Brandon Lyon, who is
tied for the major league lead with 13 saves, would be placed on
the 15-day disabled list with mild tendinitis in his right elbow.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin told Bruney about the move
during a brief huddle on the mound, with the Astros threatening to
load the bases and a boisterous crowd of 27,790 anxious to see
Houston complete its late comeback.

Bruney allowed Craig Biggio's fifth homer in six games, a solo
shot, but retired Adam Everett on a liner to Glaus to end it. The
Diamondbacks (24-17) remained a game behind NL West-leading San
Diego.

"Bruney's going to be our guy," Melvin said. "But he drew it
out to the last dramatic minute."

"You can't hit it any harder than Adam did," Astros manager
Phil Garner said of the game's final out.

Meanwhile, Glaus finished 3-for-5 -- only a triple shy of the
cycle -- helping the Diamondbacks match a season high with 14 hits
against an Astros team that had won three straight, including
consecutive shutouts.

Arizona bounced back in a big way on offense following a 3-0
loss to Roy Oswalt and the Astros the night before -- the second
time the Diamondbacks were blanked this season.

Royce Clayton's sacrifice fly scored Chris Snyder in the third,
ending Houston's scoreless streak at 26 innings. The string was the
longest for the Astros since a franchise-record 32 innings in 1997.

The Diamondbacks really poured it on, however, during a four-run
fourth when they batted around against Pettitte.

"I felt all right but I didn't feel great," Pettitte said. "I
dug us way too big a hole. The starting pitching has done a great
job lately, and I did a terrible job today."

Luis Gonzalez led off the fourth with a single, and Glaus
followed with his 12th homer to give Arizona a 3-1 lead. Pettitte
then gave up consecutive singles and a walk before striking out
Ortiz.

Facing a 1-2 count, Alex Cintron singled to deep right to score
two more runs. Clayton grounded into a force at second to end the
inning.

In the fifth, Jose Cruz Jr. added a run-scoring single and Luis
Terrero drove in a run with a groundout to put the Diamondbacks up
7-1.

Pettitte (2-5) was finally removed after the inning, ending a
disappointing 300th career start. The 32-year-old lefty allowed
seven runs and 11 hits -- both the most since he came to Houston --
in losing his third straight start, matching a career worst.

"You've got to be on top of your game to beat him and take
advantage of every opportunity you get," Glaus said.

Pettitte, who left his last outing because of soreness in his
surgically repaired elbow, dropped to 1-4 in his last five starts.

Ortiz (4-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings,
getting his second straight win mostly because of the Diamondbacks'
early offensive surge.

He began to wear down in the sixth, issuing consecutive walks to
open the inning. Brad Ausmus followed with a groundout that scored
Mike Lamb, and rookie Todd Self delivered a pinch-hit, two-run
homer -- the first hit of his career -- to bring the Astros to 7-4.

Lance Berkman cut the deficit to two with a run-scoring single
in the seventh.

"We just kept inching back, and I really started to feel we
were going to win," Garner said. "We let some opportunities slip
away, but we did fight back late and just didn't die."

Game notes
Biggio went 3-for-4, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.
... Pettitte is 10th among active LHPs in games started. ...
Terrero turned 25 on Wednesday. ... Arizona improved to 14-13 in
Houston, including 10-8 at Minute Maid Park.