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Gonzalez's two homers spark D-Backs to win

7/1/2003

DENVER (AP) -- Extra innings, come-from-behind rallies, squeakers
-- it doesn't matter to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks posted their 12th straight victory Monday night
as Luis Gonzalez had two homers and five RBI, including a
three-run shot in the 12th inning for an 8-7 win over the Colorado
Rockies.

Arizona's streak is both a franchise record and the longest in
the majors this season.

Matt Kata had a club record-tying five hits, the last an RBI
double in the 12th that put Arizona ahead 5-4. He also homered.

"This is an awesome streak we are on," Kata said. "It seems
like someone different has contributed every night."

Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly singled out Gonzalez.

"Look at our lineup over the past three weeks, and Gonzo has
been the one constant," he said. "We can write his name in the
four hole every day. It doesn't matter who hits ahead of or behind
him, he will do something to help us win a game every night."

Brenly, whose team won in extra innings for the second straight
day, also praised Kata, a rookie who has filled in for injured
second baseman Junior Spivey.

"He does something every day that makes you scratch your
head," Brenly said. "You have to step back and tell yourself that
he hasn't had many games in the big leagues."

Pinch-hitter Chris Stynes hit a three-run homer with two outs in
the Colorado 12th off Jose Valverde.

Stephen Randolph (3-0) pitched the 11th to earn the win. Jose
Jimenez (0-4) worked two innings.

With one out in the Arizona 12th, David Dellucci walked off
Jimenez, stole second and scored on Kata's double past diving first
baseman Todd Helton. Carlos Baerga singled and, with two outs,
Gonzalez hit his 17th homer for an 8-4 lead.

"I had just taken a fastball and you want to try to get
something out in front," Gonzalez said. "Then he threw a
changeup, left it down. For a left-hander, you like the ball
down."

Gonzalez called Kata "our catalyst tonight."

Larry Walker got the Rockies' first hit, leading off the fifth
with a liner off first baseman Baerga's glove that started a
three-run outburst. Jay Payton reached on an error and Greg Norton
followed with a high-hop RBI single.

Charles Johnson added a run-scoring double into the left-field
corner. Norton scored on Juan Uribe's groundout.

Arizona countered with three runs in the sixth. Kata led off
with a homer, his third. With one out, Alex Cintron had an infield
single, and Gonzalez hit a two-run homer.

Helton made it 4-3, leading off the Rockies' half with a
422-foot homer to center. It was his 14th homer of the season and
200th of his career, and it extended his hitting streak to a
career-best 15 games.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the seventh. With two outs, Kata
singled off Brian Fuentes, and Baerga hit an RBI double off the
wall in right-center.

Colorado got the leadoff batter aboard in the seventh, eighth,
ninth and 11th but failed to score.

"We had our opportunities," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"We weren't able to convert. A tough day at the office."

Kata and Baerga both singled with no outs in the 10th, but Steve
Reed worked out of the jam, thanks to the third of four Colorado
double plays.

Arizona's Elmer Dessens pitched four no-hit innings. He went 5
2-3 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, two earned.

Colorado's Darren Oliver allowed seven hits and three runs in
six innings.

Game notes
The Diamondbacks activated RHP Matt Mantei off the DL and
designated RHP Ricky Bottalico for assignment. ... It was
Gonzalez's 16th career multihomer game. ... Helton is the fourth
Colorado player to reach the 200-homer plateau. Walker has 244,
Vinny Castilla 203 and Dante Bichette 201. ... Jimenez lost his
10th consecutive decision dating to July 1, 2002, tying John
Thomson's club-record losing streak. ... Steve Finley extended his
hitting streak to 11 games.