Final in 11

Series: Game 1 of 1

Arizona won 1-0

Game 1: Monday, June 19
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in 11
Pittsburgh4

Diamondbacks 5

(36-34, 18-16 away)

Pirates 4

(26-45, 18-20 home)

    12:35 PM ET, June 19, 2006

    PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

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    W: G. Aquino (2-0)

    L: S. Torres (2-3)

    S: J. Julio (5)

    D-Backs blow four-run lead, but stop five-game skid

    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Bases loaded, nobody out, the infield is in, the outfield is in. A fly ball wins it, so does a softly hit ground ball. There's almost no way a team can lose in this situation.

    Elias Says
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    The Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied 4-4. But Arizona reliever Greg Aquino struck out Jeromy Burnitz, Freddy Sanchez and Jose Castillo to thwart the threat and the Diamondbacks won in 11 innings. The last two pitchers to strike out the side in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the go-ahead run on third base were Baltimore's Randy Myers in July 1996 (against Cleveland) and Al Hrabosky of the Cardinals in May 1977 (against the Reds).

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    The Pittsburgh Pirates did, and the missed opportunity ended up giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a badly needed victory in a game they appeared to have given away.

    Johnny Estrada's pinch-hit single drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th and the Diamondbacks halted a five-game losing streak despite squandering a four-run lead, rallying to beat Pittsburgh 5-4 on Monday for the Pirates' fifth loss in a row.

    The Pirates, losing their sixth in a seven-game homestand, loaded the bases with none out in the ninth and then had the potential winning run on third with one out in the 10th but couldn't score either time against reliever Greg Aquino (2-0).

    "That game's in our hands," Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson said. "It's frustrating. You figures some kind of bounce is going to go your way."

    The Pirates loaded the bases in the ninth on singles by Wilson and Sean Casey and Jason Bay's intentional walk. But Aquino struck out Jeromy Burnitz, Freddy Sanchez and Jose Castillo, all on pitches in or near the dirt.

    "I saw two sliders for strikes," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "The rest were balls in the dirt. We didn't show good patience there. The onus isn't on the hitter there, it's on the pitcher. You have everything in your favor there."

    An inning later, Ronny Paulino doubled and reached third with one out, but Aquino retired Jose Bautista and Wilson.

    Right then, a fan stood up in the upper deck and yelled, "No team can be this bad!"

    The Pirates are -- they take a 26-45 record into Kansas City for an interleague series starting Tuesday that matched the worst teams in the NL and AL. The Royals are a major league-worst 19-49.

    "It seems like every time we lose, it's a one-run game," Bautista said, pointing to the Pirates' 7-21 record in one-run games.

    After winning a game they probably should have lost, the Diamondbacks were glad they returned to Pittsburgh to make up a May 11 rainout. That day, manager Bob Melvin was unhappy the Pirates didn't wait longer before calling the game off, since it forced his team to make a side trip between series at Texas and Tampa Bay.

    "Any time there's a win, it's worth the flight," Melvin said.

    By winning, the Diamondbacks avoided falling to .500 for the first time since early May. They were 34-22 and had won 10 of 13 just before former pitcher Jason Grimsley's house was searched by federal agents investigating steroid use by athletes but had won only once in 13 games since.

    "This was a huge game for us," Melvin said. "To end up losing one like that, after we had a 4-0 lead and after what we've been going through, coming in here for one game, it really could have been a devastating loss."

    The Diamondbacks, scoreless since a four-run fourth, took the lead on consecutive one-out singles in the 11th by Orlando Hudson, Chris Snyder and Estrada off Salomon Torres (2-3). Jorge Julio pitched the 11th for his fifth save in as many opportunities.

    "I was up there trying to do what I could to get that run in and get us out of here," Estrada said. "Those are the kind of wins that can catapult a team, and hopefully we can put a streak together."

    The Diamondbacks had opened the 4-0 lead against Zach Duke on doubles by Eric Byrnes and Scott Hairston, three Duke walks and Snyder's two-run single.

    Bautista cut it to 4-2 with his eighth homer, a two-run drive in the fifth that represented the only runs off starter Claudio Vargas in six innings. Reliever Brandon Lyon took the 4-2 lead into the eighth, but Burnitz led off with his 11th homer, and Sanchez doubled and scored the tying run on Paulino's single.

    Game notes


    The attendance of 15,032 included tickets sold for the May 11 game. ... Hairston, called up from Triple-A Tucson earlier in the day, left after apparently hurting his right shoulder running into the left-field wall on Paulino's double in the 10th. ... Arizona had been outscored 101-38 in its previous 13 games.

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