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Gonzo goes yard as D-Backs keep Rockies cold

PHOENIX (AP) -- Two days ago, Arizona left fielder Luis Gonzalez
griped about being replaced for one game by rookie Carlos Quentin.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin put them both in the lineup
Saturday night, with spectacular results.

Quentin homered and doubled to drive in two runs, and Gonzalez
hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to lift Diamondbacks
to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch from Colorado reliever Jose Mesa (0-4)
416 feet into the right-field seats for his eighth home run.

Brandon Medders (4-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth
inning. Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13
chances.

Gonzalez's widely publicized remarks about his unwanted day off
Thursday caused a tempest in Phoenix. But he said he considered the
matter closed after meetings with Melvin and general manager Josh
Byrnes.

Since his one-day benching, Gonzalez is 4-for-8 with a homer, a
double and two RBI.

"That's what makes you a professional, when you're able to put
that stuff behind you and just keep going," Gonzalez said. "We're
playing well. I don't want any kind of distractions. You put it
behind you and we just keep moving along. Our team's playing so
well right now, you want to be a good part of the mix."

The Diamondbacks have won 10 of 12 to move into a second-place
tie with San Diego in the NL West, a half-game behind San
Francisco. Arizona opened the month in fifth place, four games off
the pace.

The last-place Rockies have lost 11 of 12, a slide that began
with a three-game sweep by the Diamondbacks in Denver from July
7-9.

"We know we just need to win games," Colorado manager Clint
Hurdle said. "This isn't horseshoes. You don't get points for
coming close. This is not hockey. You don't get a point for tying.
You need to win ballgames."

Looking for a way to awaken his slumping team, Hurdle dropped
Todd Helton to fifth from third and moved Garrett Atkins into
Helton's usual slot. The switch paid immediate dividends when
Atkins, who came into the game hitting .316 with a team-high 60
RBI, hit a two-run homer in the first. Atkins also homered in the
series opener Friday night.

Colorado starter Josh Fogg quickly gave up the lead. Leading off
the second, Chad Tracy belted a 2-0 pitch 412 feet into the pool
area in right-center field to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was
Tracy's third home run in 12 career at-bats against Fogg.

One out later, Quentin doubled to score Johnny Estrada and tie
the game at 2.

Colorado's Jamey Carroll made it 3-2 with a homer to left field
off Arizona starter Enrique Gonzalez in the third. Gonzalez retired
13 of the next 14 batters, allowing only a leadoff walk to Carroll
in the sixth.

Gonzalez went seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits
and a walk. He struck out seven.

With one out in the fourth, Quentin hit Fogg's first pitch 396
feet into the left-field seats to tie it at 3. Fogg quickly
recovered from his mistake, retiring the last eight men he faced,
but the damage had been done.

"My command wasn't as good as it has been over the last three
or four starts," said Fogg, who gave up three runs on five hits
and two walks in six innings. "But I kind of found it over the
fourth or fifth inning, and I started to command the ball better."

Since being promoted from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday, Quentin
is 3-for-9 with two homers, a double and four RBI. He also made a
nice running catch in right field to rob Matt Holliday of extra
bases in the sixth inning.

The 23-year-old Quentin has faced great expectations since the
Diamondbacks selected him with their second pick in the first round
of the 2003 draft, 29th overall. Those expectations have not
burdened him in his first week as a big leaguer, although he said
he's still settling into the routine.

"It's just a whole other world up here," Quentin said,
motioning to a horde of reporters around his locker. "With the
media, too, this doesn't happen in Tucson, ever."

Quentin had better get used to the attention. Melvin said he
isn't ready to make Quentin a starter but promised to use him
regularly.

"We'll pick some spots early on for him to get some good
matchups for him, and we'll see where it goes from there," Melvin
said. "The more you see him, the more you realize he's a live
body. He runs the outfield very well. The ball jumps off his bat.
He's going to be a heck of a player."

Game notes
Colorado SS Clint Barmes singled in the first to extend his
hitting streak to 10 games. ... Arizona OF Eric Byrnes struck out
in the second inning, snapping a string of 58 plate appearances
without a strikeout, the longest in the majors this year. ... Tracy
botched a grounder for his team-high 13th error in 94 games. Tracy,
who split time between first base and the outfield last year, made
25 errors in 135 games at third in 2004.