Quinlan's 13th-inning homer vaults Halos past D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- Robb Quinlan had been taking some practice swings
in case he was needed Saturday night. In the 13th inning, he made
the most of his opportunity.

Quinlan hit a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 13th
inning as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from a four-run deficit
and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Saturday night.

"You just have to try and be ready for any situation," said
Quinlan, the 17th player used by Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "I
got behind in the count and was just trying to get something in
play. He threw a curveball and obviously it wasn't where he wanted
to throw it."

Adam Kennedy hit a two-out single off Brandon Medders (1-2), the
Diamondbacks' sixth pitcher. Quinlan then hit a 1-2 pitch just over
the left-field fence for his first career pinch homer.

"I made a bad pitch and took the team out of it," Medders
said. "I kinda feel like it's my fault I'm taking it all on my
shoulders. I think we were going to come back and win that inning.
It's tough. I feel terrible"

Brendan Donnelly (1-0) threw a perfect 12th for the victory.
Francisco Rodriguez, the Angels' sixth pitcher, got the last three
outs for his 18th save in 20 chances.

"I can't tell you what a big hit that was for us at that
point," Scioscia said. "It saved some pitching for us and got
Frankie in there for a save. It took a while but we put one on the

Angels relievers retired the last 13 batters they faced.

"Our bullpen's coming into shape," Donnelly said.

Arizona has lost five straight and 17 of 19. The
Diamondbacks are 0-8 against the American League, making them the
only team in the majors without an interleague win.

"We're going to keep swinging, keep grinding," said Orlando
Hudson, who had one of Arizona's two homers. "We have a long
season ahead of us. We're not going to put our heads between our

With the Angels trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Maicer Izturis hit
a one-out single to left, Kennedy reached on an error and starter
Claudio Vargas hit pinch-hitter Juan Rivera with a pitch to load
the bases.

Luis Vizcaino relieved Vargas and gave up Chone Figgins' soft
bounding single to right, scoring Izturis and Kennedy to cut
Arizona's lead to 4-2. Orlando Cabrera followed with a two-run
double into the left-field corner to tie the score.

"On the offensive side we hit a few balls hard but couldn't
find any holes," Figgins said. "You hit them hard and can't find
a hole and then get a seeing-eye single like that when you need

Vizcaino retired Vladimir Guerrero on a hard liner to left
before Randy Choate came on to strike out Anderson and retire the

The Angels threatened in the 10th when Guerrero led off with a
ground-rule double against Jorge Julio and went to third on Garret
Anderson's high fly to center. But Julio struck out Mike Napoli on
a pitch a foot outside and Hudson snagged Kendry Morales' grounder
in the hole and threw the first baseman out to end the inning.

In the 11th, pinch-hitter Tim Salmon tripled past a diving Eric
Byrnes in center. Julio again quashed the rally, striking out
Figgins on a high fastball.

Vargas, who had been allowed to hit with runners on second and
third and one out in the bottom of the sixth, allowed three runs
and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had a season-high seven

"He had a four-hit shutout going," Melvin said. "We felt like
we were in a pretty good spot. Our bullpen had been a little bit
taxed lately and he was throwing as well as we'd seen him all

Hudson gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the second with a
towering home run off Bartolo Colon into the overhanging porch in
right-center field, his fourth of the season.

Johnny Estrada extended the lead to 3-0 with an RBI double in
the fourth and Counsell led off the fifth with his second home run
to make it 4-0.

Colon, making his second start since missing two months with
right shoulder inflammation, allowed the four runs and a
season-high nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Game notes
Arizona RF Shawn Green was ejected for arguing by
home-plate umpire Mike Everett after striking out in the bottom of
the ninth, with manager Bob Melvin joining him to the clubhouse
moments later. Melvin has been ejected twice in Arizona's last four
games. ... Rivera was hit in the shoulder by Vargas' pitch, the
ball ricocheting off the left side of his face. He left the field
under his own power, glaring at Vargas as he headed back to the
dugout. Rivera said after the game he'll be available on Sunday.
... Colon has allowed at least seven hits in each of his five
starts. ... Cabrera singled in the first inning to reach base in
his 52nd consecutive game. ... Los Angeles C Mike Napoli had
reached base in 11 straight plate appearances, one shy of the
Angels' club record, before striking out in the first inning. ...
Before the game, Los Angeles placed 3B Dallas McPherson on the
15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22 with back spasms.
McPherson was a late scratch from the lineup Friday after his back
tightened during batting practice. To replace McPherson, the Angels
recalled INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A Salt Lake.