Clark hit home runs from both sides of the plate, including a
go-ahead shot in the seventh inning, and Chad Tracy went 4-for-4
with a homer Saturday to rally the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 victory
over the Colorado Rockies.
"I've been fortunate," said Clark, who has hit four homers the
last two games. "I'm not naive enough to think it's always going
to fall in or the ball's always going to find a hole or that I'm
always going to come through. It's a matter of controlling what you
"I'll enjoy everything once I made my last out. Until I make my
last out, I'll always have work to do.
Clark, signed to a one-year contract as a pinch hitter and role
player, is hitting .313 in 204 at-bats with 29 homers and 82 RBI.
"You look at his numbers and the amount of at-bats he's had,
and it's ridiculous what this guy has done for us," Arizona
manager Bob Melvin said.
Tracy hit a one-out homer to right to tie the game off reliever
Randy Williams (3-1) in the seventh. Clark followed with a towering
shot into the left-field stands from the right side to give the
Diamondbacks a 6-5 lead.
Clark, who had his third two-homer game of the season on Friday,
also had a three-run drive in the fifth from the left side that
pulled the Diamondbacks within 5-4.
"He's hot, but he's getting pitches to hit," Colorado manager
Clint Hurdle said. "We leave it out over the plate right now and
he's putting it into the seats. We can't play defense on the other
side of the wall."
Clark became the second Arizona player to homer from both sides
of the plate.
"Tony's been amazing," Tracy said. "I tell him all the time
he's my favorite player."
Oscar Villareal (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh to earn his
first win since Sept. 25, 2003, for Arizona, which won for the just
the second time in six games.
Garrett Atkins hit his 13th homer and drove in three for the
Rockies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
"Tony's killed us it seems like the whole year," Atkins said.
The Diamondbacks tied it in the third when Craig Counsell
singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on
Tracy's infield single.
The Rockies used three straight hits -- consecutive doubles to
lead off the fourth by Holliday and Atkins, and a two-run single by
Todd Greene -- to extend their lead to 3-1.
Atkins made it 5-1 in the fifth with a two-run, two-out homer
into the stands above the Diamondbacks' left-field bullpen.
Vargas allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings with a
walk and four strikeouts. Colorado starter Aaron Cook also
struggled, surrendering four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits
with three walks and a strikeout.
INF Alex Cintron was the first Arizona player to homer from
both sides of the plate on July 8, 2004. ... Clark has 21 career
multihomer games and has homered from both sides of the plate nine
times. ... Colorado had won its last two one-run games. The Rockies
are 24-21 in one-run decisions, 13-15 on the road. ... Tracy's
four-hit game was his second this season and third of his career.
... With the no-decision, Cook maintained his personal
franchise-best five-game winning streak over his last nine starts.
... Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez went 0-for-4 to extend his skid to
3-for-37 over his last 11 games. ... Diamondbacks 3B Troy Glaus,
whose homer Friday was his only hit in his last 12 at-bats, sat out